Interview: Hans Ulrich Obrist, Serpentine artistic director, on AI, art and the critical role of cultural spaces

Left to right: Roman Ole, Evelyn Saylor, Jules Left to right: Roman Ole, Evelyn Saylor, Jules LaPlace, Holly Herndon, Josa Peit, Mathew Dryhurst and Albertine Sarges (C) Boris Camca 2019, curtesy of Holly Herndon
Left to right: Roman Ole, Evelyn Saylor, Jules Left to right: Roman Ole, Evelyn Saylor, Jules LaPlace, Holly Herndon, Josa Peit, Mathew Dryhurst and Albertine Sarges (C) Boris Camca 2019, curtesy of Holly Herndon

I had an interesting conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist, the curator and art critic, and artistic director of Serpentine about the age of AI. The cultural institution is deep diving into the world of AI with its support of digital artists as well as through various research projects and papers that investigate the impact (positive and negative) of the technology on the arts and artists.

I asked him what he sees as the role of museums and cultural institutions in engaging the public in understanding the impact of AI on our lives, acting as a bridge to almost demystify it for the public. He replied: “Technology often creates separation. Social media creates filters. With art we can hopefully break that filter bubble, and be an intermediator between culture, art, science, technology. It’s about togetherness.”

Full interview here