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MEMO ACTEN (UK), DMITRY KAVARGA (RUSSIA), YEGOR KRAFT (RUSSIA), CREATIVE ASSOCIATION “WHERE THE DOGS ARE RUNNING” (RUSSIA), JOHN MAKKORMAK (AUSTRALIA), LENAIS WINTER, NIENOJANOYRENOI NIEROINOI NIEROINOI NIEROINOI NIEROINOI NIEROINOI NIEROINOI NIEROINOI NIEROINOI NIEROINOI NIEROINOIERNIEROINOJNOJANOINOI FRANCE), :: VTOL :: (RUSSIA)
The Moscow Museum of Modern Art and the Laboratoria Art & Science Foundation present the Daemons in the Machine exhibition, dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the foundation. The project is dedicated to the so-called "new demonology" - the artistic understanding of artificial intelligence, myths and ghosts of the era of autonomous machines. Do they discover new, unknown ways of being? Can neural networks think - and what does the word “think” mean in this case? Most of the work created for the project by artists from Russia, the UK, Austria and Australia, together with scientists from IPavlov, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and the Kurchatov Institute, will be shown to the public for the first time.
The Daemons in the Machine project explores relevant IT technologies whose potential has not yet been fully explored by developers and specialists in this field: artificial intelligence, blockchain, computer viruses. Exhibitors, studying the ethical and futurological aspects of modern technology, work with the latest art forms, such as: robotic installations, self-developing objects, digital interventions and neuro-installations.
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At the entrance to the exposition, the audience will be greeted by a neural network that, through surveillance cameras, recognizes everything that sweeps in front of her. This interactive neural installation of British artist Memo Acten Learning to See not only draws on previous knowledge gained, including from the Hubble telescope, but also continues to be trained in real time, thanks to the participation of each viewer appearing in the field of view of the object.
In the interactive installation The day after tomorrow of the creative association “Where the dogs run”, blockchain appears as a new religion - the search for the Perfect number. It is generated by a wiring diagram that digitizes the squeak and tweet of chickens in an incubator. Visitors to the exhibition can also contribute to this process: they receive warnings or revelations generated by a “living sculpture” that continuously translates Dante Alighieri’s “Divine Comedy” about life outside the world of people into the language of electrical circuits.
The central work of the exhibition will be a specially created three-part interactive installation by the Austrian artist Thomas Feuerstein “Tea for Kirillov”. In the first part, the author suggests meeting with the ghost of engineer Kirillov, the hero of Dostoevsky’s novel “Demons”, testing his theories about free will. Kirillov’s ghost cannot be seen, but you can feel his actions and discover his image on the monitor of a CCTV camera. In the second part, the public will witness the inner life of the network in the literal sense of the word. Visitors will find themselves in a maze of hundreds of wires that interconnect abstract objects consisting of control panels, controls and monitors. The monitoring systems of Kaspersky Lab, a partner of the Daemons in the Machine project, monitor cyber attacks, botnets, and computer virus activity, thereby filling objects with their own lives: they vibrate and emit deep bass sounds. In the third part of the installation, the audience will be taken to the future, where they will be met by two heroes: Borgy & Bes robotic vintage surgical lamps, which received a second life and conduct a meaningful dialogue in the language of the 19th century, discussing the latest news from the Internet. The “brain” of heroes is neural networks trained by iPavlov (MIPT) based on the works of Dostoevsky.
The Art & Science Incubator section immerses viewers in the collaboration between the scientist and the artist. Here is the documentation of the creation of works, as well as a recording of the conference held in the framework of the preparation of the project. Incubator will also showcase works by Australian robot artists John McCormack and hybrid sculptures by Yegor Kraft Content Aware Studies. To create them, neural networks, trained on the basis of a number of digitized works of the ancient era selected by the artist, recreate the lost fragments of sculptures of demons of Ancient Greece.
LABORATORIA ART & SCIENCE FOUNDATION Daemons in the Machine is dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Laboratoria Art & Science Foundation, whose main task is to create platforms for the interdisciplinary interaction of contemporary art and science. Over the years, the foundation has organized 30 international exhibition projects, thanks to which more than 100 international artists have been involved in cooperation with the most advanced scientific laboratories. The Foundation became the first institution in Russia that combines modern art and science, as well as the most important platform for the development of Russian technological art.
Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA) was founded in 1999; This is the first state museum in Russia specializing in the art of the 20th and 21st centuries. Today the museum is located on seven sites in Moscow and is one of the most active participants in the artistic life of the country. The museum collection represents the main stages of the development of the avant-garde, especially in Russia. MMOMA’s priority areas of activity are art education, support for young artists, its own publishing program and the development of inclusive projects.