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'I'm sorry, I didn't quite catch that', a Group Show at Arebyte, London

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!Mediengruppe Bitnik, Ashley Madison Angels at Work in London, 2017

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!Mediengruppe Bitnik, Ashley Madison Angels at Work in London, 2017

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Marie Munk, Don't Worry I'm Here, 2017

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Olga Fedorova, Hot work, 2017

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Harm van den Dorpel, Adoreway, 2016

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Harm van den Dorpel, Hybrid Vigour, 2017

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Sarah Derat & Rachel McRae, Digital & Dead, 2017

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Sarah Derat & Rachel McRae, Digital & Dead, 2017

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Iain Ball, Lutetium Hyperflag, 2018

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Iain Ball, Bold 2in1 Liquitabs / Tide Pods [genus/symptoms/slimefest], 2009/2018

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Iain Ball, Bold 2in1 Liquitabs / Tide Pods [genus/symptoms/slimefest], 2009/2018

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Iain Ball, Productlaneevol (self titled) [genus/ symptoms], 2009

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Yuri Pattison, outsourced views, visual economies, 2013-2014

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Bora Akinciturk, Amber #49, from the collection of The New Seoul Human Confederation Archeological Museum of Ancestor Tech & Modern Life, 2017

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Bora Akinciturk, Amber #49, from the collection of The New Seoul Human Confederation Archeological Museum of Ancestor Tech & Modern Life, 2017

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Marie Munk, Look At Me!, 2017

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Stephan Backes, Mask (Screen), 2018

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Stephan Backes, Mask (Screen), 2018

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Stine Deja, Foreigner, 2018

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Emma Stern, THE END (panoramic render), 2018

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Anne De Boer, I am breathing, 2017

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Anne De Boer, breathing-xxxx-am-yyyy-I, 2017

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Anne De Boer, bhgemIaanrit, 2017

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Marie Munk, I Adore You, 2018

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Dominic Dispirito, Fag ash folly, 2018

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Olga Fedorova, Between two islands, 2017

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Jakob Kudsk Steensen, Pando Endo, 2017

isthisit? in collaboration with arebyte Gallery are pleased to present I'm sorry, I didn't quite catch that, an exhibition curated by Bob Bicknell-Knight featuring 15 national and international artists concerning automated empathy, new age philosophy, digital death and the rise of artificial intelligence in contemporary society.

The exhibition also launched the fourth issue of the isthisit? book consisting of essays, interviews and artist features from 50 contributors discussing the complications and assumptions surrounding AI, the automation of work and the corporatization of an unknown future.

The book features contributions from !Mediengruppe Bitnik, Aaron Vergult, Addie Wagenknecht, Anne De Boer, A. P. Vague, Ben Richards, Bob Bicknell-Knight, Bora Akinciturk, Constant Dullaart, Dominic Dispirito, Eleanor Hill, Elvira Højberg, Émilie Brout & Maxime Marion, Emma Stern, Erica Scourti, Eva & Franco Mattes, Harm van den Dorpel, Iain Ball, Jack Thurland, Jakob Kudsk Steensen, Jamie Jenkinson, Jillian Mayer, Joachim Coucke, Joey Holder, Jonny Tanna, Joshua Citarella, Julia Faber, Marie Munk, Mathew Zefeldt, Mathias Jansson, Mit Borrás, Nina Coulson, Olga Fedorova, Pakui Hardware, Penny Rafferty, Sarah Derat & Rachel McRae, Sid & Jim, Stephan Backes, Stine Deja, Thomas Grogan, Thomas Hämén, Trystan Williams, Wade Wallerstein and Yuri Pattison.

I'm sorry, I didn't quite catch that, a statement of sorts almost ingrained into my mind from wielding an iPhone with the in-built Artificial Intelligence (AI) known as Siri for the past five years. This response, seemingly obtained by silently murmuring into your microphone, will soon become an announcement of the past, an anecdote that Millennials and early Generation Z’s will gleefully tell their screen obsessed children about through their hyper realistic virtual reality goggles, developed by Amazon and distributed via their nearest drone depot. Exaggerated encounters with early AI assistants will proliferate these virtual encounters, the augmented elderly telling of a time that saw Siri and Alexa unable to participate in any given social situation. Simultaneously the in-house AI will refill everyone’s digital glass, laugh politely at the gentle mockery of their ancestors and experience a thousand similar scenarios concurrently occurring across the globe.

A stereotypical scenario akin to this one is inevitable. The introduction of industry 4.0 has seen a revolution in autonomous production, the Internet of Things continues to evolve, intent on establishing smart homes throughout the western world and our lives continue to be shaped and quietly adjusted by unclear algorithms. Will the autonomous world of the future be a utopian paradise, where intelligent AIs and augmented beings work side by side, enabling the widespread adoption of a universal basic income, freeing the world from jobs deemed repetitive and tedious? Alternatively, will we as a race eventually become irrelevant, catering to our complicated human needs whilst mechanical robots rise up, conspiring to push us into a new age of mass unemployment?

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22.3.18 — 5.4.18

. !Mediengruppe Bitnik, Anne De Boer, Bora Akinciturk, Dominic Dispirito, Emma Stern, Harm van den Dorpel, Iain Ball, Jakob Kudsk Steensen, Marie Munk, Olga Fedorova, Sarah Derat & Rachel McRae, Stephan Backes, Stine Deja and Yuri Pattison . Curated by Bob Bicknell-Knight / isthisit? .

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'THE KING’S TWO BODIES' by Bea Orlandi at Interstate Projects, New York

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'Everyday Is in Eternity Bound', a Group Show at WallRiss, Fribourg

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'Kyffhäuserstraße 31', a Group Show at Ginerva Gambino, Cologne

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'The Clan Of Softness And Honor ' by Anna Slama & Marek Delong at Berlinskej Mode

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'Halo in a Hayloft' by Noel Freibert at Lubov, New York

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'A SCENARIO FOR A SILENT PLAY' by Sébastien Rémy at Les Bains-Douches, Alençon

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'Leona, Leone' by Bea Fremderman and Loreta Lamargese at La Kaje, New York

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'Taken and martyred by strangers' by Jakub Glinski at Town Culture Centre, Gorzów

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'It moves and it shouts', a Group Show at Haus N Athen, Athens

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'Galvanic Couple' by Irina Lotarevich at Futura, Prague

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Katja Novitskova at Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin

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Aniara Omann at Humber Street Gallery, Hull

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'Barry Walking Himself' by Anastasia Sosunova at Kogo, Tartu

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'Feed Me Like a King' by David Nosek at Gallery 207, Prague

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'SAW U' by Vika Begalska and Aleksandr Vilkin at Foundation of Smirnov and Soroki

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'Verharzungen' by Max Negrelli, Yana Tsegay at The Reference, Frankfurt am Main

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'A Rigged and Sudden Machinery' by Stefan Schwartzman
 at MX Gallery, New York

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'TFW Too Intelligent' by Kid Xanthrax at Galerie U Mloka, Olomouc

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