Programs

Maurice BENAYOUN, Tobias KLEIN, Jean-Baptiste BARRIERE, Brain Factory, 2016

Special exhibition preview and artist talks for Why future still needs us: AI and humanity and Machination

QUT Art Museum, Saturday 19 August, 2 – 3:30pm, Free

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Join a special preview and artist talks for two new exhibitions at QUT Art Museum that explore relationships between humans, creativity and the machine; Why future still needs us: AI and humanity and Machination. These shows officially open on Sunday 20 August in conjunction with Robotronica, QUT's free public robotics and technology spectacular at Gardens Point campus.

An Art Center Nabi (Korea) touring exhibition, Why future still needs us: AI and humanity speakers include Soh Yeong Roh and Doo Eun Choi, Director and Chief Curator at the Art Center Nabi, as well as Maurice Benayoun, Artist and Professor of Creative Media, City University Hong Kong. They discuss the evolving role of artificial intelligence as both a creator and an amplified collaborator, which can learn by itself and work beyond the existing modes of human-machine interaction, raising questions about humanity in a future machine age.

Cake Industries experimental artist duo Jesse Stevens and Dean Petersen also discuss Machination. Harking back to the 1950s, a time when our electronic journey started in earnest, this surreal exhibition features performative mechatronic sculptures which combine human/object hybrid forms with collaged archival video and sound, offering a new perspective on our own world.

This event is in association with Robotronica.

This event is part of the Art Suite Events; a series of free monthly events at QUT Art Museum and William Robinson Gallery, presented in proud partnership with Art Series Hotel Group.

Image: Maurice BENAYOUN, Tobias KLEIN, Jean-Baptiste BARRIERE
Brain Factory 2016
PC, monitor, EEG headset, 3D printer, speaker
Courtesy Art Center Nabi

robotronica robots

Artbots

Registrar's Garden, QUT Art Museum, Sunday 20 August, 9am – 4pm, Free

Drop in all-ages activity, no bookings required

Make your mark using LEGO Robotics! Visit the Registrar's Garden behind QUT Art Museum to meet a drawing robot who will work collaboratively with you to create your own artwork.

While you're there, be sure to discover more about robots and artificial intelligence in the galleries at QUT Art Museum. Enter a surreal retro robotic world presented by Artist duo Cake Industries in their exhibition Machination, and find out how artificial intelligence can be used creatively by artists in the exhibition Why future still needs us: AI and humanity.

Artbots is a QUT Art Museum and The Cube collaboration and this event is in association with Robotronica.

futuristic bkue screen of ones and zeroes

Workshop: Machine learning for creatives

QUT Art Museum and D block, room 106, Monday 21 August, 4 – 7pm, $25

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Join our unique workshop and discover how to use machine learning technology in creative practice. Designed for artists and students, this hands-on workshop is facilitated by visiting artists from Nabi E.I. Lab in Seoul, Korea and explores innovative technologies. You will also join a floor talk on the exhibition Why Future Still Needs Us: AI and Humanity, an Art Center Nabi touring exhibition at QUT Art Museum.

This is an exciting opportunity to explore Artificial Intelligence and its wide-ranging applications. Investigate machine learning and deep learning through the creative works of practicing artists experimenting in the field today and examine the critical issues of AI and humanity such as creativity, intuition, and emotion. Participants will have the chance to experiment with a basic machine learning algorithm in the workshop.

For: This workshop is suitable for university students and media artists who have a basic knowledge of programming
What to bring: Your own laptop and charger (please advise if you do not have your own laptop, and we will provide one for you)

This event is in association with Robotronica.

Art Center Nabi is well known internationally for its goal of humanising technology and fully integrating it with our cultural life in order to open up new space for creative practices. Art Center Nabi believes that this can only be achieved with fruitful collaboration and understanding between the fields of science, technology, humanities and the arts

Image: Yang MINHA
The listed words and the fragmented meanings (detail) 2016
Dimensions variable, LSTM-RNN based sentence generation software
Courtesy Art Center Nabi

The Island Will Sink by Briohny Doyle

Texta book club: The Island Will Sink by Briohny Doyle

QUT Art Museum, Tuesday 5 September, 6pm, Free

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Texta is no ordinary book club; it's for people who love art. We use fiction (mostly) to unpack the subjects, themes and emotions of art. Conversation is never colourless, and is facilitated by our brains trust from QUT Creative Writing and Literary Studies.

To coincide with the exhibitions Why Future Still Needs Us: AI and Humanity and Machination we are discussing The Island Will Sink by Briohny Doyle.

With the threat of the future perpetually on the brink of collapse, catastrophe is our most popular entertainment. The energy crisis has come and gone and the world watches as Pitcairn Island sinks into the Pacific, wondering if this will be the end of everything. Amongst it all, Max Galleon, anxious family man and blockbuster auteur, lives a life that he cannot remember.

If the lines between real and unreal are fully blurred, can you really trust anyone, even yourself?

Briohny Doyle is a Melbourne-based writer and academic. Her work has appeared in publications like The Lifted Brow, The Age, Overland, Going Down Swinging and Meanjin, among others, and she has performed her work at the Sydney Festival and at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

Join us for a brief tour of the exhibitions followed by a glass of wine and generous amounts of healthy conversation about The Island Will Sink.

Books can be purchased from the Gardens Point QUT Bookshop or from QUT Art Museum.

Upcoming event

Tuesday 14 November, 6pm
The memory artist by Katherine Brabon (2016)

The Memory Artist by Katherine Brabon

Texta book club: The Memory Artist by Katherine Brabon

QUT Art Museum, Tuesday 14 November, 6pm, Free

Let us know you're coming

Texta is no ordinary book club; it's for people who love art. We use fiction (mostly) to unpack the subjects, themes and emotions of art. Conversation is never colourless, and is facilitated by our brains trust from QUT Creative Writing and Literary Studies.

To coincide with the exhibitions The churchie national emerging art prize we are discussing The Memory Artist by Katherine Brabon.

How can hope exist when the past is so easily forgotten?

Pasha Ivanov is a child of the Freeze, born in Moscow during Brezhnev's repressive rule over the Soviet Union. As a small child, Pasha sat at the kitchen table night after night as his parents and their friends gathered to preserve the memory of Stalinist violence.

When Gorbachev promises glasnost (openness), Pasha, an eager twenty-four year old longs to create art and carry on the work of those who came before him. He writes and falls in love, yet that hope fragments and he lives a solitary life in St Petersburg until a phone call in the middle of the night summons both Moscow and memory.

Through recollections and observation, Pasha walks through the landscapes of history, from concrete tower suburbs to haunting former prison camps in the Arctic north. Pasha's search to find meaning leads him to assemble a fractured story of Russia's traumatic past.

Join us for a brief tour of the exhibitions followed by a glass of wine and generous amounts of healthy conversation about The Memory Artist.

Books can be purchased from the Gardens Point QUT Bookshop or from QUT Art Museum.

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