Algorithmic Exhibition Making

Exhibition view KUNST(re_public)

Exhibition | KUNST(re_public)
HALLE 14 Center for Contemporary Art Leipzig
June 20 to August 30, 2020

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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
Exhibition catalog

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.

Semantic Collection Network web application screenshot

Participating artists:

André Schulze
Dominik Meyer
Falk Haberkorn
Grit Hachmeister
Kathrin Pohlmann
Lena Rosa Händle
Lysann Buschbeck
Mark Hamilton
Martin Reich
Nadja Buttendorf
Nori Blume
Susanne Keichel
Ya-Wen Fu


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.