(Artifical Intelligence) Digitale Demenz

14. November 2015 - 06. March 2016 Dortmunder U, Level 3

Can computers think? Do machines have intelligence, maybe even feelings? What happens when algorithms make decisions on our behalf? The exhibition “(Artificial Intelligence) Digitale Demenz” explores the relationship between contemporary art and artificial intelligence.

As early as 1996, we regarded Deep Blue, the chess-playing computer devised by IBM that won against Garry Kasparov, as a turning point in history. Humankind lost against a machine and started to ask: “When will computers take power?” As is always the case with technological evolution, we are both fascinated by and afraid of its potential at the same time. Think of HAL 9000, the computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), that decides to kill the crew of the spacecraft he controls. Communicating with computers, letting them make choices, and accepting that they have a mind, ideas, thoughts, and perhaps even feelings of their own are finally linked by a simple question: Where does science end and fiction start?


Curated by Thibaut de Ruyter (Berlin)
A production by EIGEN + ART Lab (Berlin)

Admission: 5 € / 2,50 € concessions


Film Lounge with Artificial Intelligences
Curated by Inke Arns
With films by Erik Bünger (SE), Mark Leckey (UK), two brillant TV series dealing with future technologies, drones playing the James Bond theme (US) as well as a commercial break including ads for a cute service robot (US) and an eerie face recognition software (US).
More Information here.

HMKV´s Video of the Month
In the series HMKV’s Video of the Month, during November & December 2015, and January & February 2016, the artist Brendan Howell (US) will present videos he selected for www.ddai.de. This website was produced as part of the exhibition (Artificial Intelligence) Digitale Demenz.

November 2015
Donald Sherman orders a pizza using a talking computer, Dec 4, 1974, 7:11 min.
Dezember 2015
DARPA Robotics Challenge 2015 - Robots Falling 2, 3:29 min.
Januar 2016
Terry Winograd's SHRDLU, 8:29 min.
Februar 2016
Interview with a Robot (BINA48), 5:10 min.

Funders and Partners

Funded by
Stiftung Kunst, Kultur und Soziales der Sparda-Bank West

Main funders of HMKV
Dortmunder U - Zentrum für Kunst und Kreativität
Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes NRW
Kulturbüro Stadt Dortmund

Generously supported by
Oldenburger Computer Museum

Culture partner

Media partners
ARTE Creative

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