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Meet the Artist: How We Make Meaning, Mimi Ọnụọha

Meet the Artist: How We Make Meaning: Mimi Ọnụọha

This week we introduce artist Mimi Ọnụọha who is exhibiting work in QUAD main Gallery as part of 'How We Make Meaning' at QUAD. Next week we introduce Memo Akten. 

How We Make Meaning
Memo Akten / Mimi Ọnụọha
7 September 2020 - 24 January 2021
QUAD Gallery one and two

How We Make Meaning features two solo but connected exhibitions by Memo Akten in QUAD Gallery one and Mimi Ọnụọha in QUAD Gallery two. Both artists explore aspects and the meanings of Artificial Intelligence (AI) - particularly in light of gathering and use of data, machine learning and how humans/machines input and interpret data and view the world in scientific, spiritual and deeply personal ways.

Mimi Ọnụọha (USA/Nigeria) is an artist and researcher whose work in relation to AI highlights the social relationships and power dynamics behind data collection. Her multimedia practice uses print, code, installation and video to call attention to the ways in which those in the margins are differently abstracted, represented, and missed by sociotechnical systems.

Mimi is exhibiting a range of works in QUAD Gallery Two: Us, Aggregated 3.0 uses Google’s reverse-image search algorithms to hint at questions of power, community, and identity. The Future Is Here! examines the process of dataset creation, teasing out the myth and reality of the labour behind machine learning, which is often done in the poorest parts of the world (originally commissioned for The Photographer’s Gallery). In Absentia 2.0 is based on an event in the early 1900s, when sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois was asked by the US government to conduct research on black rural life in Alabama, research that was never published. "How many find their work halted not by lack of data, but by an unwillingness to hear?" Ọnụọha asks. And what is our responsibility both to listen and advocate for racial justice? A People’s Guide to AI is to open up conversation around demystifying AI. Gallery visitors are invited to download a digital copy of the book in the gallery, via a QR code.