17 June 2018


Pendoran Vinci

NRW-Forum Düsseldorf

– 19. August 2018



The “Pendoran Vinci” exhibition offers a multi-media insight into the latest developments in the relationship between art and artificial intelligence, and presents international artists using traditional and digital media with the question: To what extent does artificial intelligence influence our daily lives?


To date, applications have been developed in the area of AI to facilitate life. It assists and supports everyday processes, generates and structures data and is (not yet) to be understood as an autonomous individual working in parallel with humankind.

The exhibition focuses on the current status of technology and its future and asks what influence it has or can have in transforming our society. Can artificial intelligence fulfil creative tasks? A specially programmed application endeavours to answer this question during the exhibition.

The artists involved illuminate human responses to AI, the interaction between man and machine and the social structures, whether and how AI is integrated into daily life. Amongst others, the US-American artist, Carla Gannis exhibits her work “Non-Facial Recognition” from 2011, which criticises and abstracts this topic. Algorithms are used in a versatile manner in different applications and offer several benefits for the user. On the other hand, automation means trusting the application and being aware of the representation of one’s identity and interference with one’s personality. To create the work, she invited all the followers of her Twitter account to send her their profile photo which she distorted in such a way that neither the people nor the algorithms could recognise the person. By participating, the followers reflected the trust that many users of social media place in it on a daily basis.

The Düsseldorf-based company, Artgate Consulting, that has specialised in curating art in connection with digitalisation, has organised this exhibition in co-operation with the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf.


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