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Exhibition Explorations: Our Friends Electric

Exhibition Explorations: Our Friends Electric

The debate surrounding Artificial Intelligence and the role of robots in society is one that continues to be part of our national, and indeed global, discourse.

For this QUAD Exhibition Exploration virtual tour, Senior Curator Peter Bonnell travels back to 2017 to discuss the themes and ideas relating to the exhibition 'Our Friends Electric' - a show that featured a number of artists working at the cutting edge of art and scientific research. With thanks to our funders Arts Council England and Derby City Council.

This film features subtitles.

3D virtual exhibition tour produced by V21 Artspace.

To find out more about each artist featured in 'Our Friends Electric', visit:

Kim Asendorf: http://kimasendorf.com/
Ole Fach: http://www.olefach.com/
Boredomresearch (Vicky Isley & Paul Smith): https://boredomresearch.net/wp/portfolio/robots-in-distress/
Anna Dumitriu: https://annadumitriu.co.uk/
Alex May: https://www.alexmayarts.co.uk/
Joey Holder: https://www.joeyholder.com/ophiux
Alex Pearl: https://www.alexpearl.co.uk/
Stanza: https://www.stanza.co.uk/lost_in_translation/index.html


Our Friends Electric
30 June - 9 September 2017, QUAD Gallery
Artists: Kim Asendorf & Ole Fach, boredomresearch (Vicky Isley & Paul Smith), Anna Dumitriu & Alex May, Joey Holder, Alex Pearl, Stanza

Our Friends Electric was an exhibition in QUAD Gallery featuring artists who explore a range of themes and ideas relating to robots, artificial intelligence (AI), online networks and synthetic biology to highlight our hopes and fears for a present and future increasingly shaped by technological advance.

There has been a glut of recent news reports that obsess with the idea of robots and AI replacing humans in the workplace. We fear apocalyptic scenarios of AI machines rebelling against us; yet advances in robotics, AI and synthetic biological research also point to a bright future free of disease, where we live longer and our lives are made easy.

The artists gathered together for Our Friends Electric draw inspiration from front-line scientific research, yet provide a creative – and emotive – understanding to the continuing moral and ethical questions that surround new and evolving technology. The exhibition features film works; robotic sculptures and automata, and prints/ drawings produced by robots/ AI ‘life-forms’.