Data and Activism AI4Future Exhibition at MEET

Data and Activism is a three-day exhibition at MEET in Milan as part of AI4Future.

Sep 2022
Sep 2022
18:00 to 18:00
location: MEET Digital Culture Center, Milan, Italy

Data and Activism is the exhibition - curated by Sineglossa and MEET Digital Culture Center - presenting the works of the artists in residence in the four AI4FUTURE Urban Labs coordinated, from March 2022, by the project partners in as many European cities: Moving Forward by Nino Basilashvili in Cagliari for Sardegna Teatro; Divide by Bernat Cuní for Espronceda Institute of Art and Culture in Barcelona; Rosetta Mission 2022 by Luca Pozzi for MEET Digital Culture Center in Milan; Being a Cat, Being a Fish, Being a Dog by Chunju Yu in Rotterdam for V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media.

Using contemporary art and Artificial Intelligence, the project aims at working on the meaning of mobility, meant not only as the possibility of movement, but also as the relationship between the physical and virtual worlds, the relationship between public and private spaces, and social mobility. The Urban Labs, part of the broader AI4FUTURE project launched in October 2020, acted as platforms for meeting and collaborative work between local communities and artists, in order to redefine the concept of mobility also as a consequence of social accelerations impacting society such as COVID-19. Each of them involved, in all development phases, groups of activists working directly in the area of intervention, both in the early stages of identifying the issues to be addressed and in the choice of the artistic project to be developed. The synergic work aimed at generating awareness on crucial issues of contemporary society with the intention of imagining possible alternative urban models responding to the real needs of the communities. Each work declined the keyword 'mobility' in one of the different aspects between the physical, digital, social and cultural spheres that the contemporary world triggers.

The project, funded by the European Community within the Creative Europe Programme, has over the past two years coordinated a series of panels and workshops open to the public, in addition to the Urban Labs residencies.

Practical information

Dates: 16 to 18 September 2022
Hours: Friday from 6 to 9 PM; Saturday from 3 to 7 PM; Sunday from 11 AM to 1PM. and 3 to 7 PM.
Opening: Friday 16 September, 6 PM.
Free entrance
Address: Viale Vittorio Veneto 2 - Milan (IT)
Free entrance according to availability

Works in the exhibition

Moving Forward by Nino Basilashvili
Selected @Sardegna Teatro
with A FORAS
Category: AI and community mobilization in public spaces

Moving Forward is an interactive installation about AI in public space.
In the digital age AI is already measuring and predicting our behavior, what does this mean for our freedom? Public space nowadays is more and more subjected to technologies used for crowd control. What if we use the same technologies that limit us to gain more freedom? AI can be used for positive values, we just need a shift in thinking and applying. The artist is investigating these themes together with activist groups in Sardinia, collaborating on the interactive installation.

DIVIDE by Bernat Cuní
selected @Esprocenda/Lemongrass, Barcelona
with EXO in collaboration with Canòdrom
Category: AI, phygital worlds and digital barriers

DIVIDE is a visual exploration of the multiple narratives around Right to Internet Access and the Digital Divide. The artist worked with the activists to verbalise different discourses into a set of descriptive sentences. Photographs from the affected districts are run - against the descriptive scenarios - in a machine-learning text-to-image algorithm to envision how those realities are visually described by the AI. The artwork is a set of lenticular prints that reveal different narratives depending on the angle that are viewed from.

ROSETTA MISSION 2022 by Luca Pozzi
with FAI Fondo Ambiente Italiano
Category: AI, platform urbanism and social mobility

RM2022 is inspired by the homonymous space mission of E.S.A., the European Spatial Agency between 2004 and 2016. It is the 3D reconstruction of the 67.P Churyumov Gerasimenko comet, transformed from a physical celestial body into a digital convergence point for different disciplines.
The RM2022 is a temporary free Hub, without specific political, religious, and geographical
coordinates, suitable for interdisciplinary contributions and social interaction: a meeting point for activists, artists, philosophers, and scientists. In Milan a VR experience will suggest possible connections between the public and the activist groups, artists, philosophers, scientists who shared the Hub.

Being a cat, Being a fish, Being a dog by Chunju Yu
Selected @V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media, Rotterdam
with The Slow Reading Group
Category: AI and Gender Inequality issues

Inspired by fake celebrity porn made by deepfake technology, Being a cat, Being a fish, Being a dog aims to address the issue of sexual exploitation in the porn industry. The first part of the work, Being a cat, is about the catfishing of a porn conversation on dating apps using AI-generated faces. Being a fish, is a MMF threesome porn in which the performers' faces are swapped to the artist's face. In Being a dog, the face of a woman is substituted with a dog face in masturbation porn. The work discusses the lawfully and technologically inequality of gender and the entrenched male-standard perception of sexuality from the public opinions, interrupting the male gaze among the public.


AI4FUTURE is run by international organisations that have long been active in the field of innovation. The project was coordinated by Sineglossa, in collaboration with Espronceda, the Institute of Art and Culture based in Barcelona; MEET Digital Culture Center, the International Centre for Art and Digital Culture in Milan; V2_Lab for the Unstable Media, based in Rotterdam; and the associated partner Sardegna Teatro, among the 19 Italian Theatres of Relevant Cultural Interest, in Cagliari.

Online Exhibition

Here you can find a preview of the projects, presented at Espronceda within the Digital Awareness exhibition last June in Barcelona, within ISEA2022 International Symposium on Electronic Arts and the Festival of the New European Bauhaus: Online exhibition on Mozilla Hub



AI4FUTURE is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programma of the EU.

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