The Merge

Sara, Peter and Tobias – Dystopia

Could we already be trapped in artificial intelligence? ‘Dystopia’ is a futuristic worst-case scenario that encourages a wider debate about the future of A.I.

About the project

For some time, Sara Galbiati (1981), Peter Helles Eriksen (1984) and Tobias Selnaes Markussen (1982) have been working on their project The Merge. This collective of Danish photographers recognises the growing presence of artificial intelligence in our society, as well as the quick developments that are made in that field. Could it be that we are already trapped in an artificial reality, they wonder.

The Merge also investigates the social consequences of supercomputers, artificial intelligence and robots. How do these affect our emotional, social and moral norms? The makers use technology as a guiding principle for their project. They use images that are created through personal data or algorithms, or as they are seen by machines through x-ray.


The collective adds Dystopia as a new chapter to their project, exclusively for Forhanna. Did we realise too late that technological developments might surpass us and take control of our lives? And do we even understand the consequences of our current technological paradigm shift?

‘Dystopia is a kind of futuristic worst-case scenario’, they say. ‘We believe that there’s no real public debate about A.I. Experts have been warning us f about the potential risks of powerful A.I. for some time now. But the general public is mainly concerned about losing jobs to robots.’

The collective received a Forhanna working grant in November 2017. This was a combined initiative of Forhanna, which provided the grant, and BredaPhoto international photo festival. The project will be on display for the first time at BredaPhoto, from 5 September to 21 October 2018.

About the artists

Peter Helles Eriksen (1984), Sara Brincher Galbiati (1981) and Tobias Selnaes Markussen (1982) are photographers based in Copenhagen, Denmark. In 2015 they formed an artistic collective, finding inspiration in documenting theoretical matters or witness accounts.

They draw on anthropological methods when collecting empirical and material data. They had their first international exhibition as a collective during Rencontres d’Arles 2016, where they also released the book Phenomena. They are represented by East Win Galery (Dubai). 

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Danish photographers’ collective receives grant

A collective of three photographers from Denmark receives a Forhanna grant for their project ‘The merge’. It will be exhibited at the BredaPhoto festival 2018. The project by Sara Galbiati, Peter Helles Eriksen and Tobias Selnaes Markussenis an in-depth investigation...
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