“The ghost is in the machine, but what is the machine – and who is the ghost?”
Is art changing in the age of artificial intelligence? What are the emerging relationships between machines and the human spirit? If we don’t know what consciousness is, how can we qualify ‘intelligence’? Are we too late to define the ethics of our machines? Does the future belong to non-human entities? Is the existential threat real?
After a trilogy of Marathons which addressed Extinction (2014), Transformation (2015) and Miracle (2016), the Serpentine turned to the near future, exploring artificial intelligence, inter-species cooperation, machine learning, transhumanism and non-linear time. Over 12 hours in front of a live audience, more than 50 participants addressed the most pressing themes and challenges that underpin the coming age of automation. The GUEST, GHOST, HOST: MACHINE! Marathon brought together artists, scientists, engineers, poets, AI developers, sociologists, philosophers, filmmakers, writers, anthropologists, occultists and musicians to investigate the impact of artificial intelligence and its relationship to human development on planet Earth. Participants questioned the potential role of non-human intelligence under platform capitalism, the biopolitical economies of automation, the divinatory rites of machines, conscientious objection to drone warfare and other spectres that haunt our collective future.
For the first time in its history, the Marathon took over City Hall, headquarters of the Mayor of London and the Greater London Assembly. The entire Marathon was broadcast live on Serpentine Radio, radio.serpentinegalleries.org, an online platform dedicated to the broadcast and distribution of talks, events and performance.
To launch the GUEST, GHOST, HOST: MACHINE! Marathon, Raqs Media Collective presented Hollowgram, a new holographic sculpture commission which meditates on the inner life of power and its fragile abdication from the world, situated in the Serpentine Pavilion from 2-8 October, 10am-6pm. Installed at the Serpentine Pavilion designed by Francis Kéré for the duration of Frieze Week, Hollowgram registered a trace of that which haunts London.
The GUEST, GHOST, HOST, MACHINE! Marathon was curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director; Claude Adjil, Curator, Public Programmes; Ben Vickers, Chief Technology Officer; Taylor Le Melle, Assistant Curator, Public Programmes; and Kay Watson, Assistant Digital Curator.
Core Advisory Team: Sophia Al Maria, Zach Blas, Lizzie Carey-Thomas, Marcus du Sautoy, Ben Eastham, Nicoletta Fiorucci, Ed Fornieles, Leo Hollis, Mark Leckey, Kenric McDowell, Andrew O’Hagan, Yana Peel, Lucia Pietroiusti, Alice Rawsthorn, Marianna Simnett, Victoria Sin, Himali Singh Soin, Morgan Sutherland, Igor Toronyi-Lalic and Zadie Xa.
Curatorial Assistants: Tamar Clarke-Brown and Kostas Stasinopoulos.
Serpentine Radio produced by Reduced Listening and hosted by Legacy Russell.
Live Blog by Andrew Dawson and The White Pube.
|GUEST, GHOST, HOST: MACHINE! Marathon Highlights with Victoria Sin||Victoria Sin|
CHAMBER ROOM, LEVEL 2
Please note: timings below are subject to change
Yana Peel, Introduction
Hans Ulrich Obrist, Introduction
Raqs Media Collective, Introduction
Gilbert & George, GODOLOGY!
Shuddhabrata Sengupta and Anupam Guha in conversation
Murray Shanahan, Conscious Exotica
Dean Kenning, Stuck Machine
Jimena Canales, A Short History of AI (in conversation with Siri)
Natalie Kane and Tobias Revell, Haunted Machines
Thomas Buckner sings work by Etel Adnan
James Bridle, Failing to Distinguish Between a Tractor Trailer and the Bright White Sky
Timothy Morton, Here Come the Lizard People
Paulo Lemos Horta, From Aleppo to Paris: The Origins of “Aladdin”
Joanna Zylinska, The End of Man: A Tragicomedy
Louisa Martin, Lossy Ecology Glossary
Alice Rawsthorn, Quiet please. I am analysing.
Caroline A. Jones and James Bridle in conversation
Shumon Basar and Fatima Al Qadiri in conversation
Ranjana Leyendecker and Hans Ulrich Obrist in conversation
Nights and Spirits: Adam Thirlwell and Marina Warner in conversation
Walter Murch and Isaac Julien in conversation, moderated by Hans Ulrich Obrist
Eduardo Terrazas and Hans Ulrich Obrist in conversation
Philippe Parreno and Esther Leslie in conversation
Deep Thinking: On the Promise and Peril of AI: Panel discussion with Andrew Blake, Venki Ramakrishnan and Jaan Tallinn, moderated by John Brockman and Hans Ulrich Obrist
Hito Steyerl, Bubble Vision
Boris Groys, Becoming Immortal - Becoming a Machine
AI and Wisdom Traditions: Kenric McDowell and Jason Louv in conversation
Charlie Fox, Karloff
Zadie Xa with Jihye Kim, Perfumed Purple Rice and Sateen Songs for Sadie
Marcus du Sautoy, How to Make a Zombie
Emanuele Coccia, Thinking Matters
Johannes Paul Raether, Protekto.x.x.126.96.36.199 in Identitecture
Ian Cheng and Richard Evans in conversation
*Evan Ifekoya and Hannah Catherine Jones, Healing Exercises for Limitless Potential (H.E.L.P)
*Mark Leckey, Exorcising the [email protected] Rake
Jenna Sutela, Extremophile, a co-commission with Goethe-Institut and Haunted Machines
NAKED, Total Power Exchange
*Amnesia Scanner, AS DARS
Federico Campagna, Angels outside the Machine
Micki Pellerano, Our Lady of the Elementals
MAP ROOM, 12PM, LOWER GROUND
Book Launch: Seeing is Believing - On Hilma af Klint and Her Inner World
A book presentation and panel discussion with Daniel Birnbaum, Briony Fer and Julia Voss, led by Louise Belfrage
COMMITTEE ROOM 1, 1PM, 3PM, 5PM, LOWER GROUND
Patrizio Di Massimo, I am not the body, I am not even the mind: a guided meditation, accompanied by Nicoletta Fiorucci on the Alchemic Crystal Singing Bowls
*Denotes pre-recorded contribution