[spectre] Opening of "v01ces" on 10 Nov 2023 7 pm in Berlin, Germany

Inke Arns inke.arns at snafu.de
Wed Nov 1 10:27:48 CET 2023


after a long time I am back in Berlin - OK, only as a guest curator, but still!

Please mark your calendars: On Friday, 10 Nov 2023 at 7 pm we'll be opening the exhibition "v01ces – The Human Voice in the Age of Artificial Intelligence" at Galerie Nord I Kunstverein Tiergarten in Berlin, Germany - with aLifveForms (fed & cared for by JP Raether), Erik Bünger, Sean Dockray, Kyriaki Goni, Libby Heaney, Machine Listening (Sean Dockray, James Parker, Joel Stern), Jesse McLean, Pedro Oliveira -- come and celebrate with us! 

It would be nice to see some of you at the opening on 10 Nov at 7 pm in case you happen to be in Berlin.

Best, Inke



v01ces – The Human Voice in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

— part of the series VOICE:over IX — 

Galerie Nord | Kunstverein Tiergarten
Turmstraße 75
10551 Berlin

10 Nov 2023 – 13 Jan 2024

Fri 10 November, 7 pm

Welcome: Veronika Witte
Introduction: Inke Arns

aLifveForms (fed & cared for by JP Raether)
Erik Bünger
Sean Dockray
Kyriaki Goni
Libby Heaney
Machine Listening (Sean Dockray, James Parker, Joel Stern)
Jesse McLean
Pedro Oliveira

The feminist philosopher Rosi Braidotti describes the voice as ‘a unique audio footprint of the human soul.’ However, nowadays many voices that sound human, such as those of voice assistants, are artificially generated. Current deepfake voices or ‘voice clones’ go one step further by making voices say things they never said: ‘You have a missed call from your dead mother’ was the title of a recent article in Die Zeit on the topic of ‘grief tech.’ Sinister: the ‘voice clones’ sound like the real voices they imitate.

This is even more confusing and uncanny as was the separation of the human voice from the body that produces it, which first became possible with the invention of the phonograph – 1877 patented by Thomas Alva Edison as the ‘talking machine.’ In the 1960s, Canadian composer R. Murray Schaefer coined the word ‘schizophonia’ for a sound detached from its original 
context by means of electro-acoustic reproduction.

V01ces is an exhibition about the (human) voice in the age of artificial intelligence (AI). AI is pattern recognition in large amounts of data plus machine learning or conditioning, respectively. Accordingly trained systems cannot only imitate voices, but recognise languages and accents – and they can classify and evaluate these according to, among other things, age, ethnical background, gender, economic status.

From different perspectives, the artists paint a disturbing picture of the (human) voice in the age of AI. At the end of the two-year VOICE:over project series we are at the beginning of the era after the oral turn.

Curated by Inke Arns


Programme Series VOICE:over

The Galerie Nord | Kunstverein Tiergarten’s VOICE:over programme series delves into various phenomena related to voice. With cross-disciplinary exhibition projects, performances and a multifaceted outreach programme, VOICE:over explores the changes in meaning and significance of physical and social forms of the voice – from screams to speech and song to artificial intelligences’ posthuman imitation of the human voice.

Supported by the federal programme “Neustart Kultur” of Stiftung Kunstfonds and by the multi-sector funding as well as the district funding of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

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