Explore the relationship between technology and human creativity.
How do machines augment our creative abilities? How does technology support creativity?
Join us for an immersive day of talks, demonstrations and workshops to discover the ways in which machines can augment our creative abilities - all inspired by the AI: More than Human exhibition. The day will include work from our partners Wellcome, Crafts Council and the Institute of Making.
Join artist Elizabeth Murton to find out about the ways in which weaving and the loom has inspired aspects of, and is integral to, modern life. You will be able to have a go on a warp weighted loom (similar to that used in ancient Greece and England) and share your own ideas and experiences of looms and weaving in a comments book.
Fountain Room Foyer
1 - 2pm
In this talk led by Sara Brouwer learn about the Institute of Making and it's ethos, ideas and projects. Find out more about the importance of craft and making and the exciting collaborations with artists and machines taking place at their MakeSpace. The Institute of Making is an institutional machine made by artists, for artists: by turns a lab, a workshop, a research hub, a materials library, an office, a store, a stage and a play room.
Level G Studio
Demo between 11am - 5pm
Talk and Being Slime Mould at 2pm and 4pm
Discover the fascinating role that slime mould plays in the cultures of science and art, and participate in a practical experiment to test the capacities for cooperation and communication between two intelligent organisms (human and slime mould).
The slime mould Physarum polycephalum is a small yellow organism that possesses a primitive intelligence, problem solving skills and a multifaceted memory. It is used as a model organism in many areas of research including biological computation, robotics and urbanism. It also makes for a great creative collaborator: kept dark and damp and fed on a diet of porridge oats, it will grow in beautiful dendritic patterns whilst foraging for food.
Life Rewired Hub
11am - 5pm
Crafts Council’s Young Craft Citizens are taking over the Life Rewired Hub to create an immersive area where visitors can explore the ways we process commands, both as a machine and a human. Working with makers Sabina Weiss and Tom Hartley in our analogue/digital embroidery machine, visitors will work in pairs to be the “artist” and the “machine”, giving and processing commands to embroider your very own piece to take away.
Visitors will also be able to learn about the different ways craftspeople use technology to innovate in their practise, and how Crafts Council supports this through its innovation programme.
Level G Foyer
Free, Pop-up performance
Anthropomorphising versus dehumanising alternate forms of intelligence, natural versus artificial learning, and emotive versus non-emotive existence...
Through movement and sound, Guildhall School's Performance and Creative Enterprise students explore the paradoxes of our relationships with AI, confronting our fear of the uncertain future AI development holds for humanity, and unpicking our own assumptions of what consciousness means through performance and music.
Level G Foyer
Inspired by Edward Ihnatowicz’s 1969 Cybernetic sculpture SAM, Ohbot is a 40cm tall robot combinig childlike, kinetic movement and exposed mechanisms to demonstrate the relationship between technology and creativity. Walking Ohbots will display two Ohbot's which move in response to sound leaving an ink trail behind them.
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Silk Street, London
The Barbican is widely accessible by bus, tube, train and by foot or bicycle. Plan your journey and find more route information in ‘Your Visit’ or book your car parking space in advance.
We’ve plenty of places for you to relax and replenish, from coffee and cake to wood-fired pizzas and full pre-theatre menus