Saturday, September 1, 2018
Sunday, September 9, 2018
22 George Place, Stonehouse, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 3NY
South West England
The i-DAT Collective, KARST

The Infinite Guide


01.09.18 – 09.09.18

P.V. Friday 31st August / 7-10pm

Closing Party Saturday 8th September / 8-11pm

Artist Talks Weekdays 1pm
Sat/Sun 1 & 4pm

Gallery open Monday – Sunday
11am – 5pm or by appointment.

“Although today’s technologists, in their sober pursuit of utility, power, and profit, seem to set society’s standard for rationality, they are driven also by distant dreams, spiritual yearnings for supernatural redemption. However dazzling and daunting their display of worldly wisdom, their true inspiration lies elsewhere, in an enduring, other-worldly quest for transcendence and salvation.”

– (Noble, in The Religion of Technology, 1993)

The Infinite Guide is a speculative art work and research project, powered by a conversational Artificial Intelligence, (a natural language human-computer interface). It takes place simultaneously online and at KARST in Plymouth from the 1st – 9th September 2018. The work explores what it means to be human; individually and collectively, as we increasingly live with AI technologies that can guide our behaviour.

The Infinite Guide sets out to engage people in discussing and reflecting on a future in which we place our faith in intelligent technologies that talk. This project is conceived by B Aga, and developed with Coral Manton, Mike Philips and Chris Melidis, from the i-DAT Research and Design Collective at Plymouth University, alongside Intercity, Story Juice, Crumb Solutions and a group of young people facilitated though KARST, FACT and Plymouth School of Creative Arts.

Free Workshops

Master Class – Deep learning with Keras

Lead by: Christos Melidis
Date: Friday 7th September / 12-4pm
Location: KARST
Audience: Creatives / Technologists / Developers
Requirements: Previous experience in Python and some experience in using tensorflow is preferable.

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Women Reclaiming AI

Lead by: B Aga & Coral Manton
Date: Saturday 8th September / 10am-1pm
Location: KARST
Audience: Women and people who do not primarily identify as male who are interested in exploring the medium of chatbots and voice assistants for creative and playful speculations.
Requirements: No previous experience is required, but participants are asked to bring a laptop if they have access to one.

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This project is funded by the Arts Council England and Plymouth University.