Lightbox Gallery Talk: Artificial Intelligence in Art and Design


Saturday, August 12, 2017, 3:00pm to 3:30pm

Repeats every day until Sat Aug 12 2017 except Thu Aug 10 2017, Fri Aug 11 2017


Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St

Presented by: Harvard Art Museums
Admission: Free with museums admission. See website for admission. This talk is limited to 15 people and tickets are required. Ten minutes before the talk, tickets will become available at the admissions desk. Please meet in the Calderwood Courtyard, in front of the digital screens between the shop and the admissions desk. Museums staff will be on hand to collect tickets.
Runs: 8/8, 8/9 & 8/12
Museum Hours: Open daily 10am–5pm
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8/8, 3 PM: Sarah Newman, creative researcher at metaLab (at) Harvard and Rachel Kalmar, data scientist at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, will give this gallery talk. Their project Nobody’s Listening draws on a database of secrets collected through interactive art installations over the past year. The work expresses human secrets through overlapping computer voices and a visual projection. Why do we trust our phones and computers? Where does the physical self end and the digital self begin? The playful installation explores our intimate but dubious relationship to machines and reflects back to us what makes us human.

8/9, 3 PM: Matthew Battles, associate director of metaLab (at) Harvard, will give this gallery talk. His project Turing’s Mill is a multichannel video gathered from found footage, new imagery, and the history of technology. This work explores how technologies prompt a new public dialogue around the nature of cognition, consciousness, and the self. Is the mind a machine, like a mill or mechanical calculator, or is it spirit or essence, something made of colorless, massless, motionless stuff, transcendent and eternal? Can machines think—and have they been thinking all along?

8/12, 3 PM: Kim Albrecht, creative researcher at metaLab (at) Harvard, will give this gallery talk. Her project AI Senses asks how “machine learning” and “artificial intelligence” influence our behaviors and understanding of the technologies they describe and the world they make. By visualizing the sensor data that are part of our cell phones and personal computers, the project helps us see how the machines we interact with on a daily basis experience the world.

Gallery talks are offered by curators, conservators, fellows, and other museums staff; they focus on aspects of the installation process, exploring both intellectual and more practical considerations. Museums staff will, for example, tease out arguments at play in the galleries, discuss conservation treatments, look closely at specific collections, or draw connections between works of art throughout the museums.