ARCU&OHM is a curatorial duo consisting of the artist Tillmann Ohm and his »Artificial Curator« ARCU. Based on algorithmic methods and using artificial intelligence, this human-machine collaboration develops experimental curatorial methods and techniques for exhibition programming.
In this first-of-its-kind, algorithmically-curated art exhibition, the viewer can see works selected from the inventory of purchase awards from the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony. First, a semantic network was created using the metadata from over 370 works (purchase awards from 2011-2019). The network was then searched for patterns using methods from graph theory. The result was a selection of works related to each other through socio-political topics. The next step of the experiment is to discuss whether this purely data-based curation produced a meaningful exhibition.
This curatorial project is part of the exhibition KUNST(re_public) at HALLE 14 Center for Contemporary Art Leipzig.
Photo credits: HALLE 14 | Walter Le Kon
In addition to the exhibition at HALLE 14, visitors were invited to discover the 370 works (purchase awards from 2011-2019) from the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony in an interactive web application HERE.
Lena Rosa Händle
Funded by the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony. This project is co-financed by tax funds on the basis of the budget passed by the Saxon state parliament.