European ARTificial Intelligence Lab

Hexagone Scène Nationale Arts Sciences is associated to the European ARTificial Intelligence Lab project (nov. 2018 – oct. 2021) co-funded by the Europe Creative – Culture – programme of the European Union. Ars Electronica is leading the project alongside 12 cultural institutions from 11 European countries.

Partners : Austria (Ars Electronica - project leader) , Slovenia (Zavod Kerniskova/Kappelica Gallery), Serbia (Center of promotion of science), Spain (Laboral Centro de arte y creacion industrial), Irland (Trinity college/Science Gallery), France (Hexagone Scène Nationale Arts Sciences/ Atelier Arts Sciences - Grenoble - Lieu Unique Nantes), Georgia (SOU Festival), Belgium (Gluon), Danemark (The culture Yard/Click festival), Greece (Ariona Hellas SA/Onassis Cultural Center) and the Netherlands (Waag Society).

Human beings are already armed with fast and convenient automatic devices and AI has already fundamentally altered our working and daily lives. The latest developments in artificial intelligence truly are astonishing, and they will soon be advancing exponentially with the increasing scientific and economic power that is invested by the big companies. Deep learning, self-learning neuronal networks, autonomous mobile robots and smart digital assistants will surely change the fundamental system and social paradigm of life and affect our society in yet unknown ways. These developments bring us to an up-close and personal encounter with fundamental questions of our own identity and existence.

The European ARTificial Intelligence Lab will be bringing AI related scientific and technological topics to general citizens and art audiences in order to contribute to a critical and reflective society. The project will be focusing on aspects beyond the technological and economic horizon to scrutinize cultural, psychological, philosophical and spiritual aspects.
The partners are connecting artists with research institutions and scientists to fill a gap in dealing with the social components and political questions arising from these enormous technological advances. How can we support our citizens to become creative and independant thinkers, embracing and at the same time looking at innovation from a critical viewpoint ? How can we engage and involve the whole society in decisions about the development of art, culture and, science so we can all contribute to the smart, sustainable, and inclusive growth of Europe ?
Artists are able to have a disruptive look on our society and to invent new practices. This is why the position of the artist is central in this project.

Thus, 13 major cultural operators in Europe will offer an extensive cultural and educational activity program in the form of exhibitions, labs, performances, workshops, conferences, talks, mentoring and residencies representing various European cultural approaches and visions on AI.
This panel of activities will foster interdisciplinary work, transnational mobility and intercultural exchange.
total, the project will realize 211 activities such as 26 residencies, 22 exhibitions, 23 workshops, 9 performances and 32 discursive programs.

In Grenoble, the project will support :
• 1 arts & sciences residency
• 1 show on the stage of the Hexagone
• 2 professional workshops
• 2 international conferences
• 8 displays on EXPERIMENTA, the Fair
• 36 outreach activities