RE:HUMANISM 3rd edition of Sparks and Friction


The drama created by artificial neural networks, bizarre sea creatures, virtual biomes, new ways to imagine space exploration and the possibility of falling in love with artificial intelligence: is the near future according to the perspective of twelve artists from India, With China, the United Kingdom, the United States, Slovenia AND Spain, as well as a large group of Italian artists.

With the title “electric”. Sparks and frictionthird edition Re: humanisma great group exhibition that explores relationship between artificial intelligence and contemporary artrelationship able to create new imaginations and new narrativeswill open May 24 IN Romethought in context sustainable and inclusive developmentwith a critical attitude towards the increasingly widespread technocratic fanaticism. Curator: Daniel Cotimbofounder of the Re:humanism association, the exhibition will be open until June 18 in evocative spaces WEGILthe cultural center of the Lazio Region, managed by LAZIOcrea, and a building symbol of Luigi Moretti’s architectural rationalism.

At the exhibition, the works of the finalists of the third edition of the Re:Humanism Art Prizeselected as a result of the call for artists that took place in the previous months and which invited artists to reflect not only on the profound impact generated by the advent of Artificial Intelligence and the radical changes expected on the horizon but also on the relationship between artistic creation, new media, technological devices and scientific topics that bring into play a number of important reflections on identity, relationships and possible futures.

In addition to these works, there are two projects from Romaeuropa Digital Awardwhich will be presented in the autumn as part of Romaeuropa Festival while among this year’s novelties, the Salvatore Iaconesi Special Awarddedicated to a brilliant artist, recently deceased robotics engineer and activist.

Many themed points of this third edition: from New ecologiesthat aim to rethink the logic of extracting data and environmental resources, do New narrativesa perspective that intends to re-read the history of scientific progress through the prism of decolonialism, recovering archaic knowledge and rituals that, in dialogue with innovation, can generate new mythologies; from exploring the relationship with what is non-human Fun with non-humans to bodily transformations in biohacking practices Body hacking; With Metaverse exploration which collects visions, fears and dreams related to the new frontier of virtual reality in Machine visions and dreams, a fascinating immersion in the machine unconscious; to Other explorationsmapping different visions of the future that awaits us.

The works presented in the third edition of Re:humanism, starting from top three ranked: Zoophytevisionary work of the English Joey Holder inspired by cryptozoology, which outlines an environment inhabited by imaginary sea creatures, rather than discoveries or about which official science knows little, to ponder the line between reality and fantasy; a disturbing project Monologue By Riccardo Giaccone which combines ancient puppetry techniques with artificial neural networks; AND The Martian word for world is Mother by a North American artist Alice Bucknell, a work aimed at overthrowing the anthropocentric perspective that dominates the issues of space exploration and colonization of new planets. Then there is the work that has been rewarded The emerging rewardsigned by a Chinese artist and designer Yue Huang: Artificial life deconstructs the sci-fi imagination of super-efficient AI, setting us up against the failures of clumsy and fun AI.

in front of “new ecology” Both Echinoidea Future – Adriatic Sensing by Slovenian artist Robertina Sebjanic AND what remains By Piero Alphaeus: the first concerns the current geological and morphological bioconditions of sea urchins shaped by human polluting activity, the second concerns the problem of acoustic pollution of the oceans and the need to renegotiate interspecies relations.

The intersection of the natural and technological worlds is crucial at work The myth machine Indian Sahey Rahal, a virtual biome inhabited by post-human creatures designed to challenge binary distinctions between mind and body, human and artificial, myth and memory; and feed them “new narratives” who also invest work Ginevra Petrozzi titled Bite off more than you can chewwhere AI facial analysis is in dialogue with ancient somatic divination systems, in a swirling interweaving of archaic and modern thought, magical thought and technological thought.

Transformations of social relations and identity are an area where both Agriculturea work signed by a young Roman artist Federico of Pietrantonio this is about the impact of gaming platforms on everyday life among hikikomori, neet and gold farmer; both works Mara Oscar Cassiani which won the Salvatore Iaconesi Special Award, or Ai Love, Ghosts and Uncanny Valleys <3. I broke up with my Ai and will never download them againoriginal speculations about the possibility of falling in love with AI, assuming the same deviations that characterize toxic relationships, from ghosting to overpowering.

After all, two projects with digital award which will be presented in the fall Romaeuropa Festival: It slowly disappears into the data By Albert Barque-Duran – which, thanks to the use of advanced technologies, aims to create new spatial and temporal experiences – and Retraining bodies By Luca Pagana lecture-performance that explores new possibilities for human-machine interaction through sound.

Twelve projects in total, selected by a jury composed of organizers, experts in contemporary art and new digital technologies: Alfred AdamCEO of Alana Advantage; Andrea Bellinidirector of the Center d’Art Contemporain in Geneva; Ilaria Bonacossadirector of the National Museum of Digital Art, Karol Bonfilafinalist of the second edition of the Re:humanism Art Prize, Tiziana Catarci Director of the Department of Computer Engineering, Automation and Management (DIAG) of the Sapienza University of Rome; Daniel Cotimbo founder and curator of the Re:humanism project; Mauro Martinofounder and director of the Visual Artificial Intelligence Lab at IBM Research; Laura TripaldiPhD student in Science and Materials Nanotechnology at the University of Bicocca in Milan and curator of the webzine Notes from NERO Issues. Joining the jury: the committee that awarded the Salvatore Iaconesi Special Prize, consisting of members SHE: She loves dataresearch project of the artist co-created with her companion Persian Oriana; and the committee that awarded the Romaeuropa Digital Prize, composed of the organizers and Federica Paticurator of the Digitalive exhibition.

Main sponsor
Alan Advantage srl, Frontiere srl

with the patronage of Lazio Region, Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Rome

In association with LAZIOcrea, WeGil, Translated srl, Walllife SpA, Rome European Foundation

media partner Exibart

3rd edition
May 24 – June 18

Largo Ascianghi 5, Trastevere, 00153,

Opening May 24 at 17:00

Open Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00