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Alex Pearl: Our Friends Electric – QUAD Gallery – 1st July – 10th September

You are invited to the launch of two new exhibitions at QUAD

Friday 30 June 2017, 6:30pm – 8:30pm at QUAD, FREE

Join us at QUAD for the launch of our Season of Robotics and A.I., featuring the opening of the exhibitions Our Friends Electric in QUAD Gallery and Machine Made in QUAD Extra Gallery Spaces. There will be speeches in the gallery, with refreshments [not served by robots].

Please RSVP to peterb@derbyquad.co.uk

QUAD, Market Place, Derby, DE1 3AS


Our Friends Electric
1 July – 10 September 2017

Artists: Alex Pearl, Anna Dumitriu & Alex May, boredomresearch (Vicky Isley & Paul Smith), Joey Holder, Kim Asendorf & Ole Fach, Stanza.

Our Friends Electric is an exhibition in QUAD Gallery featuring artists who explore a range of themes and ideas relating to robots, Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) and synthetic biology to highlight our hopes and fears for a present and future increasingly shaped by technological advance.

There has been a recent glut of news reports that obsess with the notion of robots and A.I. replacing humans in the workplace. We fear apocalyptic scenarios of A.I. machines rebelling against us; yet advances in robotics, A.I. and synthetic biological research also point to a bright future free of disease, where we live longer and our lives are made easy.

The artists gathered together for Our Friends Electric draw inspiration from front-line scientific research, yet provide a creative and emotive understanding of the continuing moral and ethical questions that surround new and evolving technology. The exhibition features film works; robotic sculptures and automata, and prints/drawings produced by robots/A.I. ‘life-forms’.

Image credits: boredomresearch, Robots in Distress | Kim Asendorf & Ole Fach, Digital Painting Bot | Anna Dumitriu & Alex May, My Robot Companion | Joey Holder, Ophiux

Also Opening:

Machine Made: Art, Robotics & A.I.
in QUAD Extra Gallery Spaces
1 July – 10 September 2017

This exhibition presents the work of selected artists who responded to a national open call seeking artworks that utilise robotics or Artificial Intelligence in their production, or artworks that explore and question the ethics and issues surrounding our technological future, specifically relating to robots and A.I.