The Museum of Wild and Newfangled Art (mowna) will open its last show of the year “This Show is Curated by a Machine” on September 23, 2021.
The exhibition organized by Artificial Intelligence opens with a conference on the development of the AI model followed by a question-and-answer session with the AI: IV team (Ivan Pravdin) and the co-founders of the museum cari ann shim sham * and Joey Zaza. “This show is organized by a machine” runs from September 23, 2021 to January 31, 2022. Tickets purchased before opening day, September 23, include entrance to the AI conference and are available at: https: / /www.mowna.org/museum / this-show-is-organized-by-a-machine
Earlier this year, the Whitney Museum of American Art commissioned and exhibited the artwork “The Next Biennale Should Be Organized by a Machine” for its online artport. In response, the Museum of Wild and Newfangled Art has designed an Artificial Intelligence Curator that will not only redefine our vision for conservation and AI, but will also highlight the need to move forward with the conservation of l ‘AI ethically.
The artificial intelligence model was trained on sets of images from a variety of sources, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and submissions from the Mowna Biennale, an exhibition of approximately 88 international artists from 44 countries.
“Curation is very subjective. I hope, through the development of an AI curator, that we can enable fairness and diversity, and eliminate certain biases,” says cari ann shim sham *.
Artists in the exhibition include Alice Prum, a London-based artist whose work explores the invisible relationships between space, body, and technology. Bridget DeFranco is an East Coast media artist who works against the highly stimulating nature of the screen. Avideh Salmanpour is an Iranian artist whose paintings explore the perplexity of contemporary man and the attempt to find a new path.
The curator of artificial intelligence was created by several artists. IV is a post-contemporary artist working with various artificial intelligence and neural network techniques. cari ann shim sham * is the co-founder and curator of mowna, a savage artist working at the intersection of dance and technology, and associate professor of arts in dance and technology at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Joey Zaza is the co-founder and curator of mowna and works in photography, software, video, sound and installation. They joined forces to explore the potential of using artificial intelligence in art conservation. The team’s initial thoughts, strategies and questions regarding the development of the AI model are available on the mowna blog.
Human curation is also included alongside AI curation for “This Show is Curated by a Machine” for comparison. The text written by the team will explain why or why they think the AI chose the job. This show is the successful completion of the first phase of mowna’s AI model which classifies and stages a show using image-based files. mowna will publish an article with its research and findings from the first phase to the public. With this data, the team will enter phase two of developing AI’s ability to organize audio and video files.
“This Show is Curated by a Machine” will be installed and on view on September 23, 2021 and marks mowna’s third online art exhibition. The second, the Mowna Biennale 2021, showcases art from all mediums and focuses on the art exhibit that might otherwise have gone unnoticed due to gaps in the post-pandemic art world. It is currently still on display until September 22, 2021 and can be viewed on the mowna website. Tickets are a sliding scale to pay what you want.
mowna makes it a priority to present a wide range of art and is committed to diversity in all respects. It provides an international online platform for the most current, diverse and prominent artists. At the center of an ever-changing and expanding art world, mowna presents a mixture of the familiar and the unknown. Members will have the opportunity to view artists selected by MoMA or the Whitney alongside artists available only on mowna.
As the global landscape evolves towards a more technological way of being, mowna is here to meet the needs of an ever-changing art world. The Museum of Wild and Newfangled Art was created to showcase the latest artistic developments and make art of all mediums accessible to everyone. And it is undoubtedly building on this basis with the next exhibition “This Show is Curated by a Machine”.
For more information on current and upcoming exhibitions and events, please visit mowna’s new pages on Instagram and Facebook (below) as well as the museum’s official website.