AI: Who’s Looking After Me?’ is our 2023 season. This free exhibition and public events programme, running from 21 June 2023 – 20 January 2024, takes a questioning, surprising, playful look at the ways Artificial Intelligence (AI) is already shaping so many areas of our lives, and asking if we can really rely on these technologies for our wellbeing and happiness. Presented in collaboration with Science Gallery, we explore who holds the power, distributes the benefits, and bears the burden of existing AI systems.
Most of us know very little about what AI is or how it works, but so much of how we’re cared for in different aspects of our lives – be it love, justice or health – is undergoing transformative change. ‘AI: Who’s Looking After Me?’ fractures this singular, monolithic ‘AI’ apart, and looks at the range of ways it’s changing how we’re cared for.
“So many of our conversations about AI treat it as this distant, sleek, even magical thing; our attentions are daily directed towards the latest product or scandal. In all this hype and marketing, I think we’re losing sight of the human — both in how AI technologies are made, and the many ways they’re already woven into our lives. To be able to grasp and shape the course of AI’s journey, we need to grapple with its messy, multiple realities and I hope this exhibition can be an invitation to do that. It’s characteristic of what we’re trying to do as a gallery, to nurture unlikely, inventive collaborations and dialogues and be a home for the cultural work that emerges from them.”
Siddharth Khajuria, Director of Science Gallery London
We’ve brought together different disciplines and life experiences – from researchers and patients, to young people, artists and technologists – to create a programme that invites you to reflect on what it means to entrust our care to autonomous machines. Through the exhibition, you’ll discover works from 12 artistic collaborators, including seven original commissions, with researchers from across King’s College London. Artists including Air Giants, Blast Theory, Fast Familiar and James Bridle reveal the surprising places in which AI technology is already embedded in our world, and raise questions about the powerful ways AI may influence our futures.
“Artificial Intelligence technologies have been recomposing our world through new taxonomies, narratives and aesthetics, creating a monocultural view of our society. At FutureEverything, we believe that art and cross disciplinary exchange can help us imagine better, collective stories about technology, moving away from the hype and corporate narratives. The season provides a much-needed platform for not only sharing different perspectives, but also, for enabling collaboration and discourse.”
Irini Papadimitriou, Creative Director of FutureEverything
Our 2023 season invites you to rethink your relationship with AI; rather than something fixed; it is hackable, adaptable, and possible to change. In a hopeful call of collective action, we invite you to look past the bombast and the fatalism, and take ownership of AI narratives, as we explore ways we might protect ourselves and each other.
“This season invites you to dive into the opaque and murky workings of AI to explore what ethical and equitable human-AI systems might actually look and feel like. Who owns these systems and what are they for? Who decides what to optimize and who benefits? And how can we more responsibly harness the power of AI for the good of the many rather than the few? We want the exhibition and events programme to grow critical thinking and exchange between young audiences, artists and academic researchers, so that people gain a greater sense of what AI is and how they can exercise their own agency in relation to these technologies.”
Jen Wong, Head of Programming at Science Gallery London
AI: Who’s Looking After Me?
21 June 2023 – 20 January 2024
Opening times: Tues – Sat, 10:30 – 17:30
Address: Science Gallery London, King’s College London, Great Maze Pond, London, SE1 9GU
Talks and events series to be announced in June 2023.