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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NAKED are Agnes Gryczkowska and Alexander Johnston, a London-based duo whose work engages with noise, industrial, experimental and extreme forms of electronic music. Their new EP for Halcyon Veil – Total Power Exchange – is a distorted and violent noise transgression, rooted in socio-political confrontation. Total Power Exchange speaks of power, freedom and alternating states of control – of releasing one’s own mind and body from the controlling mechanisms that have been imposed on them. This year has seen NAKED release two new music videos and an alternative national anthem for DAZED which followed the release of their debut album Zone and a collaboration with Mykki Blanco.
Gilbert & George met in 1967 at St Martins School of Art. A living sculpture, and by now living icons for successive generations of artists in Britain and abroad, they were awarded the Turner Prize in 1986 and represented the UK at the Venice Biennale in 2005. Their retrospective, Major Exhibition at Tate Modern in 2007 was also exhibited around Europe and America. Their art transcends cultural boundaries and is shown in many countries, with groundbreaking shows in Russia and China. They live and work in London.