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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Hito Steyerl’s films, installations and writings come out of a systemic way of thinking and working, in which artistic production and the theoretical analysis of global social issues are closely linked. Steyerl investigates the interaction and synthesis of technological and artistic imagery, for example, at the level of visual mass culture—and its function within the overall dispositif of technocracy, monetary policy, the abuse of power, and violence.
Through performance, video, painting and textiles, Zadie Xa interrogates the conflation of cultures that inform self conceptualised identities, notions of self and her own experience within the Asian diaspora. Her intricate hand-sewn fabric work stitches together yin-yangs, knives, lucky numbers and monolid eyes. These familiar motifs operate within a system of personalised semiotics, aspiring to create new and alternative Asian identity narratives that are often fantastical and within the realm of the supernatural. She received an MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art in 2014 and a BFA at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 2007.