The Serpentine Galleries’ GUEST, GHOST, HOST: MACHINE! Podcasts are hosted by Legacy Russell and Victoria Sin and were recorded after the Galleries’ annual Marathon, 2017, which took place at City Hall, London on 7 October 2017.
Legacy Russell and Victoria Sin revisit the Serpentine Galleries’ GUEST, GHOST, HOST: MACHINE! Marathon, where more than 50 participants addressed the themes and challenges that underpin the coming age of automation, over 12 hours in front of a live audience. The podcasts feature key moments of the day and continue the conversation on how we might complicate a future with artificial intelligence in interesting ways.
The GUEST, GHOST, HOST: MACHINE! Marathon brought together artists, scientists, engineers, poets, AI developers, sociologists, philosophers, filmmakers, writers, anthropologists, occultists and musicians to consider the impact of artificial intelligence and its relationship to human development on planet earth. After a trilogy of Marathons that addressed Extinction (2014), Transformation, (2015), and Miracles (2016), the Serpentine turned to the near future, exploring artificial intelligence, interspecies cooperation, machine learning, transhumanism and non-linear time.
Hosted by Legacy Russell and Victoria Sin
A Reduced Listening production
Producers: Jessie Lawson and Jack Howson
Music: Jemsheed by Ayshay.
Mixing engineer: Rob Winter
Additional sound design: Amnesia Scanner and Dean Kenning
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Dean Kenning is an artist and writer. His art practice ranges from kinetic sculptures to video works and diagrams. He has exhibited work at the ICA, Greene Naftali and BAK and has published articles in journals such as Third Text, Art Monthly and Mute, including on the politics of art and art education. He is Research Fellow at the Contemporary Art Research Centre, Kingston University and also teaches Fine Art at Central St Martins.
Ian Cheng’s work explores the nature of mutation and the capacity of humans to relate to change. Drawing on principles of video game design, improv, and cognitive science, Cheng has developed ‘live simulations’, living virtual ecosystems that begin with basic programmed properties, but are left to self-evolve without authorial intent or end. Cheng describes his simulations as akin to a ‘neurological gym’: a format for viewers to deliberately exercise feelings of confusion, anxiety, and cognitive dissonance that accompany the experience of unrelenting change.
Richard Evans is a Research Scientist at DeepMind, specialising in formal methods.