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AI: Artificial Intelligence

An exhibition about the history, functioning, creative possibilities, and ethical and legislative challenges of artificial intelligence today. Experiment with AI, find out about its risks, discover scientific and artistic innovations, and explore a decisive technology for the future of humankind.

Never before has a technology grown so fast and made its way so directly into our lives. Artificial intelligence is both worrying and fascinating. It is a threat and it generates opportunities. It has detractors and defenders. In this context of public conversation and collective dependence of AI—can we make decisions without its assistance?—the exhibition suggests that we stop, try to understand artificial intelligence and start a debate about its development in the coming years.

The exhibition looks at the role of artificial intelligence in everyday life, the opportunities it presents for scientific and biomedical research, the role of supercomputing as a major driving force, the present legislative situation, the risks of misinformation posed by its widespread use, and the racial and gender biases it can generate.

With a layout that includes interactive artistic installations, a timeline with milestones, key works created using AI, the testimony of experts and newly created pieces, the exhibition explores the relationship between artificial intelligence and human creativity. Taking part is a whole network of pioneering and upcoming artists such as Universal Everything, Robert del Naja (Massive Attack), Anna Ridler, Memo Akten, Mario Klingemann, Jake Elwes, Justine Emard, Steve Goodman (Kode 9), Espronceda, Eduard Escoffet and Maria Arnal, as well as research and innovation centres such as the BSC-NCS,, the Music Technology Group at the UPF, the IIIA-CSIC, the CVC and the MIT.

The visit allows us to experiment with AI in person by means of 25 interactive installations: smell the flowers of a tree that went extinct last century or put a voice to a musical composition created using AI.

In addition, a selection of films related to the exhibition can be viewed on the Artificial Intelligence channel on Filmin (available to 17 March 2024).

Artificial Intelligence is coproduced by the CCCB and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center–Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS), based on the original touring exhibition curated and organized by the Barbican Centre in London (2019). The exhibition at the CCCB coincides with the arrival at the BSC of one of Europe’s most powerful supercomputers, the MareNostrum 5, a computer that expands and speeds up the ability to conduct research using artificial intelligence.

Scientific advisor:Jordi Torres
Curators of the original exhibition at the Barbican Centre in London: Suzanne Livingston, Maholo Uchida, Luke Kemp. With the support of Marie-Charlotte Carrier and Anna Holsgrove

Curators: Lluís Nacenta

Participants of the exhibition

From the Barbican Centre original exhibition

Christina Agapakis, Memo Akten, Sofian Audry, Marija Avramovic, Case Western Reserve University, Ana Cuna, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Es Devlin, J. Donald Tillman, Justine Emard, Steve Goodman (Kode 9), Ross Goodwin, Mark Gorton, Mick Grierson, Benjamin Grosser, Stefan Hurtig, Takashi Ikegami, Interactive Commons, Mario Klingemann, Lauren McCarthy, Alexander Mordvintsev, Robert del Naja, Nexus Studios, Tobias Nolte, Yoichi Ochiai, People + AI Research (PAIR), Anna Ridler, Chris Salter, Luis Sánchez, Alexandre Saunier, Sears think[box], Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Thomas Spier, Nao Tokui, Sissel Tolaas, Sam Twidale, Universal Everything, Detlef Weitz and Andrew Witt

New participants at the CCCB exhibition

Maria Arnal, Tina Bagué, Jordi Balló, JP Bonino, Francesca Bria, Jorge Carrión, Adam Cole, Dario Cortés, Cristian Cozar, Fernando Cucchietti, Anna Dumitriu, Amanda Duarte, Eduard Escoffet, Nicholas Evans, Jake Elwes, Dario García, Fran Gas, GPT-2 i GPT-3, Victor Guallar, Behzad Haki, Mohsen Hazrati, Joan Jené, Oriol Jorba, Sergi Jordà, Esen Ka, Jeppe Lange, Lissette Lemus, Solimán López, Maria Cristina Marinescu, Alejandro Martín, Roberto Massó, Alex May, Gabriel McGee, Marta Melé, Maite Melero, Joaquim Moré, Toru Morimoto, Ivan Paz, Kris Pilcher Carmen Puche Moré, Jordi Sabater, Manel Sanromà, Eryk Salvaggio, Darius Shaoul, Taller Estampa, Alfonso Valencia, Marta Villegas and Weidi Zhang.


Sections of the exhibition


Data worlds 

AI perceives the world as a data set. Big data would not have developed so spectacularly without AI. This is why it is extremely sensitive to the way data are gathered and analysed.

AI systems are numeral systems. Even those that answer with words, images and sounds do so by converting them previously into numbers, and they write, draw and speak based on number operations.

Digital media (mobile phones, sensors, personal computers, the internet, etc.) play an important role in gathering the data AI relies on. We all contribute to this in our daily lives, often without being aware of it. The criteria and biases in the way we humans use these systems, and those that implicitly underly the way digital media operate, are the origin of the criteria and biases shown by AI.

AI compiles information, discovers regularities and builds sets of images from immense data banks that cannot be analysed by the human brain. This understanding of AI can be a source of potential scientific discoveries and gives us a new perspective of the world.


Mind machines

Is AI really intelligent? We can say, in any case, that AI learns because it changes the way it works based on acquired experience, and it thinks because it processes information and acts accordingly.

From Babbage, Lovelace and Turing to the present day, humans have sought to create machines that mimic the brain. These machines have currently attained a very high level of self sufficiency. The invention of mind machines provides a surprising and fascinating glimpse of what thinking means and, more specifically, what perceiving, ordering and understanding signifies.

When humans and machines cooperate, and when they compete, the mindset of each one clearer. Detecting the convergence spaces and margins of incomprehension between human and machine thinking is fundamental in addressing the crisis of contemporaneity.


The dream of AI

The human ambition to create an intelligent, autonomous being artificially is not new. The current rise of AI taps into a desire that has been present since time immemorial and has manifested itself in different ways across various human civilisations: the curiosity about, fascination with and horror of creating, summoning or conjuring up artificial beings.

Some of the roots of AI can be found in Shintoism, Judaism, alchemy and Gothic literature, among others.

AI is a new technology, but our desires and fears remain, to a large extent, the same.


Endless transformation

Is AI truly artificial? Contemporary science and philosophy call into question the distinction between the natural and the artificial. Can we really talk about artificial life?

AI brings new perspectives to contemporary science and culture that lead to new scientific breakthroughs and require a new social and legal framework.

Art is a symptom, a test bed and a space that criticises and inspires social transformations. What is the current situation and what are the future prospects for the impact of AI on cinema, literature and music?

And what now?

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Previous activities

Question Time

Experiments with the CCCB Archive

The Infinite Talk

Experiments with the CCCB Archive

IActualitza’m! / Update Me with AI!

Self-playing family visit to the exhibition AI. Artificial Intelligence

Amplified Imagination

Family workshop to co-create with AI facilitated by Urati Laboratori and Venus Villa

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«AI: Artificial Intelligence» for people with deafness

Guided tour with sign language interpretation service

"AI: Artificial Intelligence" for people with blindness or low vision

Adapted guided tour

Maurizio Ferraris and Marta Peirano

A social revolution

The Apprentice

A Space to Play, Experiment and Learn about Artificial Intelligence

Raül Refree + Groove Transformer

Open Rehearsal

Seminar with Helga Nowotny

The unimagined futures of AI

A morning with Helga Nowotny

AI: A Time Machine


An installation of Roberto Massó's graphic novel


Collaborative audiovisual performance with MANS O and Joan Sandoval

Frank Pasquale and Xavier Nueno

A legal revolution

Artificial Intelligence: behind the screen

Presentation of the Switch report

Mercedes Bunz and Joan Fontcuberta

A cultural revolution

I talk automatically and I’m everyone at once

Performative training of a chatbot with Núria Nia and Citlali Hernández

Prompt Battle

A game of AI-generated images and talk by Sebastian Schmieg

The Role of AI in Climate, Meteorology and Air Quality

With researchers Francisco Doblas and Stefano Materia

Yuk Hui and Jorge Carrión

A revolution of ideas

Minds, Lies and Materials

Research into the materiality and environmental impact of AI with Tim Cowlishaw

The Art of the Synthetic. Creation and Reflection in the Age of AI

With researchers Darío García and Sergio Alvarez Napagao

Virtual Humans Based on Supercomputing. The Future of Medicine Now

With researcher Mariano Vázquez

Supercomputing, Artificial Intelligence and Digital Twin Cities

With researcher Fernando Cucchietti

Images in the Cloud

Creation of a collective digital work with Carlos Carbonell

The Pieces Speak

The exhibition "AI: Artificial Intelligence" as seen by master’s degree students

Maria Arnal

Maria CHOIR. Performative talk.

AINA. Promoting the Catalan Language in the Digital Age

With researcher Marta Villegas

A morning with Louise Amoore

Responsible Algorithms?

Algorithmic Societies

Ethics and policy in the artificial intelligence age

Ramon López de Mántaras

Can there be an ethical AI?

N. Katherine Hayles

Being human in the AI age

Neither that Intelligent nor that Artificial

Protest banner workshop with Irma Marco

Virtual Twins for Personalized Medicine

A morning with Lluís Nacenta

AI and Creativity

Guided visit to the "AI: Artificial Intelligence" exhibition

Coexisting with Artificial Intelligences

Live podcast by ‘La Trama’

The Paths of Artificial Intelligence

Mateo Valero, Alfonso Valencia, Karina Gibert and Jordi Torres

+RAIN Film Fest

International call for films generated with artificial intelligence

Visits for schools to the exhibition "Artificial Intelligence"

And resources for teachers

Resources for working on artificial intelligence

Materials to prepare your visit or for work in the classroom

ALIA: Artificial Intelligence

Science and creation for secondary schools with the Barcelona Supercomputing Center

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