Bogdan Matei, exhibition view, Kunsthalle Bega, 2018. Photo: Flavius Neamciuc.

 

A short way to keep in touch with artificial intelligence

by Bogdan Matei

Artificial intelligence plays an important role in our world, whether it does not refer to the process of automating a production line in the automotive field or that music you listen to is managed by a bot, artificial intelligence must be treated as a tool by which some processes can be streamlined.
Since the twentieth century, artists have been interested in the relationship between art and technology. The media of artistic expression used until the appearance of this dialogue between art and technology encountered new problems and ways of presenting some ideas. From the installations of the pioneer in video art, Nam June Paik, to digital collages, experimentation with sound art and augmented reality, artists then and today imagine new plans of attack where technology changes perspective, proposes new points of view, and assigns the object of art has a “functional” role.
The emergence of artificial intelligence has started a technical revolution and is the basis of a new society, based on other sets of rules than the traditional ones. Artificial intelligence involves the way machines acquire neural networks, learning from their own mistakes, and making decisions based on them. The use of this technology occurs in various fields and can streamline and automate both simple and complex processes.
When we refer to technology, in this case, robots and artificial intelligence we can immediately fall into a tangled image, with bottomless shapes and based on the fear of the unknown and pseudoscience, in which machines take control and everything around us turns into a digital prison, close to an illustration by Jean Giraud or a cyberpunk reality.
Commercial films, deeply rooted in pop culture, often follow a steep route that indicates rather how deep the gap between man and car is and the apocalyptic character that this scenario acquires.

What about art, technologies, and world

Internet art, post-internet art, and others host an exchange of ideas, opinions, and arguments. If some artists use Internet-specific means and images to communicate an idea, they resort to irony, ridiculing the flow of information and their quality.
Art becomes support of concepts, an ideational front of debate, a search tool. In the following chapters, I will try to develop and classify both systems and perspectives of some artists, as well as how philosophers, psychologists, sociologists, in general, relate to understanding how life adapts to the new way of existence, virtual – possible. (Life 3.0) Life 3.0 is a personal adaptation of a term used in the specialized language of the Internet. information on the World Wide Web.
Web 3.0 expands the network of existing resources on the Internet (web pages, text and multimedia documents, databases, services, etc.), which can be read by users. This is done by adding extensions, called metadata, to existing documents, allowing them to be processed automatically by computers, by similarity. ”2 I have adapted the term to really refer to how a term is part of a technical language can take on human dimensions
Throughout history, people have tried to streamline technological processes. Every revolution, from the advent of the automobile to the use of alternating current, to 5G, has played a major role in changing lives and what it means for technology to enter our lives, replacing mundane actions and automating them. Of course, any technological revolution also entails criticism, and if we approach this issue from a humanistic perspective, we will find out that we are witnessing a process of dehumanization.

Bogdan Matei is the COO of Spinnwerk, theoretician and artist. He was exhibited at Mulhouse Contemporary Art Biennale, Triade Foundation -Timișoara, Art Encounters Biennial – Timișoara (collateral), MAGMA Contemporary Art Space – Sf. Gheorghe, Kunsthalle Bega – Timișoara, etc. Recently was selected for a solo show in Spinnwerk Vienna, in Creart Gallery Bucharest, and in the database of Bucharest Biennale 10 in 2022, which will be curated by Jarvis, an AI curator. He is a PhD. candidate at West University Timișoara. His works were published in Le Monde, Artforum, Arta, Scena9, Modernism, etc. He lives and works in Timișoara and Vienna.

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