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
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.
‘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
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).