What will our future look like -- not in a century but in a mere two decades? Technological innovation is accelerating at a pace we’ve yet to fully comprehend. In an age of algorithms and technology that could see us transformed into “super humans” with godlike qualities, what lies ahead is a world potentially unrecognizable of ours. Will automation and artificial intelligence create a “global class of citizens without utility”? Will new technologies continue to hijack democracy? How will technology be wielded as a tool of discrimination, not against groups but against individuals? Next year will mark the 70th anniversary of the landmark paper Can machines think? first asked by Alan Turing, the creator of modern computing and pioneer of artificial intelligence.
Our proposed exhibition will serve as a stark reminder that, for all the colossal technological advances made in recent decades, mankind today will seem primitive compared to the world of the not-so-distant future—dominated by artificial intelligence, big data, nanotech, and biotech.
The visionary science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke, best known for the novel and film 2001: A Space Odyssey once said about man’s search for evidence of life beyond this Earth: “Our technology must still be laughably primitive, we may be like jungle savages listening for the throbbing tom-toms while the ether around them carries more words per second than they could utter in a lifetime.”
Our objective with this exhibition is to create a platform for artists in the fields of new media and emerging technologies to explore these and other questions. Artists will be invited to imagine and create different economic, political, social futures, both optimistic and nihilistic viewpoints.
Richard Garet | Juan Betancurt | Daniel Neumann | Yucef Mehri | Fito Segrera | Carla Gannis | Mattia Casalegno | Jonathan Monaghan | Juan Cortés | Leonel Vásquez | Miguel Kuan | Samanta Garcia | Adriana Marmorek | Jorge Barco | Alba Triana | Solimán López| Rocio Pardo| Daniela Dominguez|Ricardo Arias| | Juan Garcia Ortíz.