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The Best AI Infused Art Installations to Visit This Summer

Guest Profile 18 August 2021 min Read

As COVID restrictions continue to loosen, it’s time to get excited about the post-pandemic art scene quickly spreading across the UK. From contemporary sculpture art to 21st-century photography installations, there’s a lot to be excited about if you’re a culture connoisseur, especially if you’re obsessed with all things technology. Here are the best AI-infused art installations to visit this year in the UK.

On the back of a new fascination with modern-day technological developments, the machine learning phenomenon has hit the art scene and is here to stay. As immersive art installations continue to dominate London’s most popular galleries such as The Tate and The Design Museum, the future of art is virtual and certainly more immersive than ever before.

One of the market leaders for modern-day art is the rise of AI-infused collections, powered heavily by the arrival of NFTs (non-fungible tokens) and a generational fascination with all things techy. After making its name in the art scene in 2018 after the AI-infused portrait of Edmond de Belamy by Obvious earned just under £500,000, the market has exploded, making this form of art something to get excited about this summer as popular galleries reopen their doors across the UK.

Whether you’re technology obsessed or just looking to enjoy something new post-pandemic, we’ve lined up our favorite AI-infused art installations to get excited about this summer and the budding machine-automated artists you should watch out for.

AI-Da, The Design Museum, London

Ada Lovelace, AI-Da, 2021, Design Museum London, UK.
Ada Lovelace, AI-Da, 2021, Design Museum, London, UK. Institution’s website.

Set in London’s popular Design Museum, AI-Da has become the talk of the gallery since its release in May this year. Running until August 31st, the AI-Da installation, based on an AI-infused robot artist, intends not only to deliver AI’s full potential within the art scene but more importantly prompt a debate about the future of interactive technology.

AI-Da, named after its creator and budding technological scientist Ada Lovelace is a lifelike, human-size, AI-infused robot that has been developed to create a series of self-portraits to demonstrate the potential of the future of artificial intelligence.

Better still, this life-size design is built on a cutting-edge language model that is continuously being updated in order to prompt natural conversation between onlookers and AI-Da. From its lifelike movements to shocking conversational abilities, this installation constantly reminds us that the gap between what is real and what is not is becoming increasingly smaller.

Head over to the Design Museum to meet the robot that is changing the face of AI and indeed prompting questions about the future of a digitally transformed society.

Deep Simulator, Tabula Rasa Gallery, London

 Aaajiao, Deep Simulator, 2021, Tabula Rasa Gallery, London, UK.
 Aaajiao, Deep Simulator, 2021, Tabula Rasa Gallery, London, UK. Gallery’s website.

Until the 30th of July, the Tabula Rasa Gallery in East London will be home to one of the most creative AI installations 2021 has seen so far. Deep Simulator, by Chinese artist Aaajiao, invites the audience to experience an exploration of both the real and virtual worlds at the same time.

The room is designed to represent a virtual gaming system in which the player is able to discover six instruments. These instruments are positioned within six different scenes, signifying Six Bardo, the status of being “in-between.” This allows the viewer to descend on an immersive journey into understanding the in-between stages of life and death. Using impressive algorithms to predict the next part of the unique journey for each audience member, Deep Simulation impressively shows off the full ability of high-tech machine learning and the development of the future of AI.

If you’re looking for a truly immersive experience, Deep Simulation is a must-visit, promising to immerse you within your own senses and give you a colorful cinematic experience like no other.

Hexells, Art-AI Festival 2021, Leicester

Left: Alexander Mordvintsev, Hexells, 2021, Art-AI Festival Leicester, Leicester, UK; Right: Photo of Alexander Mordvintsev. Festival's website.
Left: Alexander Mordvintsev, Hexells, 2021, Art-AI Festival Leicester, Leicester, UK.
Right: Photo of Alexander Mordvintsev. Festival’s website.

If you’re as crazy as us about AI, you may have already heard about Leicester’s annual AI Art Festival. Held this year in Green Dragon Square in the heart of the city, audience members should look forward to seeing the very best that AI has to offer this season.

One of the installations to get excited about is Hexells, by AI artist Alexander Mordvintsev, an interactive installation powered by artificial intelligence to present how cells can learn from each other. Using a QR code on their phone, audience members can quickly take control of the installation to make the artwork change color and move from pixel to pixel. Better still, when you’re in control, your phone screen is shared with all other surrounding screens to present the power of neighborly communication.

Hexells’ self-organizing system of cells is trained to expose the relationship between the life of a single cell and the cell collective as a whole.

AI: More than Human, World Museum, Liverpool

Installation view: AI: More Than Human, 2021, World Museum, Liverpool, UK
Installation view: AI: More Than Human, 2021, World Museum, Liverpool, UK. Barbican.

If you’re looking to enjoy the immersive talents of AI while also learning about its story of development, head to The World Museum in Liverpool before the 31st October 2021, for their digitally excellent AI: More Than Human exhibition dedicated to the future of artificial intelligence.

Curated by Barbican International Enterprises, this installation is bursting with immersive artworks, the newest scientific developments, and interactive tales throughout history that explore the relationship between humans and technology.

With an abundance of smartphone-based installations and wearable technology that will leave you seeing the smart way, this installation is a great eye-opener if you’re looking to get into the brilliance that is AI-Art.

PLEA, Art-AI Festival 2021, Leicester

Left: Tomislav Stipancic, PLEA, 2021, Art-AI Festival Leicester, Leicester, UK; Right: Photo of Tomislav Stipancic.
Left: Tomislav Stipancic, PLEA, 2021, Art-AI Festival Leicester, Leicester, UK; Right: Photo of Tomislav Stipancic. Art-AI.

Another interesting installation to look out for at this year’s Art-AI festival is PLEA, the impressive robotic head built on biomimicry that will truly combine all things human and technology. Designed by Croatian technology artist, Tomislav Stipancic, PLEA aims to analyze and mimic behaviors using complex AI biomimicry.

From social signals to levels of loudness, this robot can even analyze the speech it hears. Using its specialist skills, PLEA can then interpret these social signals and reproduce them as non-verbal expressions.

Enjoy hours of fun with this installation and watch how it illustrates the latest developments in how robotics can communicate with humans. Better still, developers suggest that PLEA stores and remembers all of its interactions and uses that data to improve its reasoning capabilities and become more and more lifelike by the day.

Author’s bio:

Rebecca Barnatt-Smith

Rebecca is a freelance Arts and Culture Journalist specializing in all things art and design in London. She enjoys talking about the future of immersive artwork and how technology is revolutionizing the future of modern design.

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