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Dreaming Machines

Organizers: National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA), Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA) 

Venue: National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA)

Dates: June 25 – August 3, 2014

Руби Квон, «Без названия I» (отсканированное зеркало), 2012. Хромогенная печать, алюминий 38.5 x 27 см. © Руби Квон

Dreaming Machines is a project inspired by the human dream of creating artificial intelligence. We will not be looking at the machines designed to mimic human mind, or the machines as brain enhancements, fast-connected to the collective memory of Internet. Our focal point is the sentient machine itself, its logic, behaviour, imagination, appearance and psyche.

However diverse and complex our systems of language are, there are no words to describe the radical otherness of the sentient machine directly or indirectly, as anything that could relate to human experience is inapplicable to it. The exhibition explores the ‘terra incognita’ of conscious machines through artistic metaphors, allegories and allusions.

The practices of six emerging artists explore what happens if we put the possibility of free will, love, logic and independent judgment in a familiar equation of a calculating mechanism. Will this twilight zone, never fully grounded either in human laws or in machine reality, produce at least a hint of what an artificial mind would be like?

July 2, 2014

On June 24 and 25, 4th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art began. 3069 applications by artists under 35 from 84 countries of the world were submitted for the competition, which lasted from November 2013 through March 2014. David Elliott, Artistic Director of the Biennale, proposed the motto A Time for Dreams as the general theme, and curated the main Biennale project, which presented works by 83 artists from 32 countries of the world.

June 17, 2014

The educational program of the Biennale, curated by Antonio Geusa and coordinated by Ekaterina Razdumina, is entitled Wise Advice, and aims at helping young artists to find answers to various questions that concern their creative growth and career development.