The exhibition “Broken Machines & Wild Imaginings” presents ten new installations by fellows of the JUNGEN AKADEMIE, who artistically explore artificial intelligence. The focus is on speculative and experimental practices that articulate and question how power and ethics are dealt with in the context of AI.
Fig. above: Sahej Rahal, Anhad, 2023 © Sahej Rahal
The artists respond to the fragile reality of machines and their extractivist logic, algorithmic violence, and techno-solutionism with poetic worlds and playful concepts as well as strategies of repair. They develop alternative paradigms, histories, and imaginaries of technologies and a digital life beyond the systems of Big Tech. Themes range from deep-sea cables as historical conduits for power to indigenous technologies and cosmologies, AI-based models of humans, and queer and decolonial computing to the question of digital immortality. The expansive installations use the media of animation, video, computer game, drawing, sculpture, poster, sound/composition, and costume.
JUNGE AKADEMIE, the international artist-in-residence program of the Akademie der Künste, has been addressing the topic of AI since 2019 in the programs “Mensch Maschine,” in cooperation with the VISIT program of the E.ON Foundation, and “AI Anarchies,” funded by the Federal Commissioner for Culture and the Media. The exhibition “Broken Machines & Wild Imaginings” now brings together the artistic results in a large show.
With the fellows:
Sarah Ciston, Sara Culmann, D’Andrade & Walla Capelobo, Laura Fong Prosper & Tin Wilke, Petja Ivanova, Pedro Oliveira, Sahej Rahal, Aarti Sunder, SONDER (Peter Behrbohm and Anton Steenbock), Natasha Tontey.
E-WERK Luckenwalde, VISIT, ZK/U-Center for Art and Urbanism, Weise7, House for Poetry.
Akademie der Künste
Opening program with performances:
Thursday, June 1, 2023, starting at 7 p.m.
Exhibition dates: Friday, June 2 – Friday, July 9, 2023,
Tue – Fri 2pm – 7pm, Sat + Sun 11am – 7pm, free admission.
Guided tours with artist* talks each:
Tue + Thu 5 pm