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Lightbox Gallery Talk: Artificial Intelligence in Art and Design

Video still of Turing’s Mill, by Matthew Battles.

Gallery Talk

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street
Cambridge MA

Matthew Battles, associate director of metaLab (at) Harvard, will give today’s gallery talk.

His project Turing’s Mill is a multichannel video gathered from found footage, new imagery, and the history of technology. This work explores how technologies prompt a new public dialogue around the nature of cognition, consciousness, and the self. Is the mind a machine, like a mill or mechanical calculator, or is it spirit or essence, something made of colorless, massless, motionless stuff, transcendent and eternal? Can machines think—and have they been thinking all along?

Free with museums admission. This talk is limited to 15 people and tickets are required. Ten minutes before the talk, tickets will become available at the admissions desk.

Please meet in the Calderwood Courtyard, in front of the digital screens between the shop and the admissions desk. Museums staff will be on hand to collect tickets.