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'Artistes & Robots' Exhibition at the Grand Palais

Grand Palais | 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower | 75008 Paris
Monday, April 9, 2018 - 10:00 to Monday, April 23, 2018 - 19:00

This exhibition is an opportunity to experience works of art produced with the help of increasingly sophisticated robots. Featuring works by some forty artists, it offers a gateway to an immersive and interactive digital world - an augmented body sensory experience that subverts our notions of space and time. In an ever more robotic society, these artists explore new technologies, including Artificial Intelligence, which is potentially revolutionising human lives and even the conditions in which artworks are produced, presented, disseminated, conserved and received.

These works contain a warning. Although Artificial Intelligence can help us, it also threatens to make itself our master by reducing humans to simple slaves to performance. Artists have extensive experience of this dangerous game: from the first prehistoric cave paintings, they have used technology to achieve a goal and then subjected it to their questions and imaginations. Ever more sophisticated software has given rise to increasingly autonomous works, an ability to generate infinite forms, and interactivity with audiences who permanently modify this game. 

This selection of works explores the questions raised by artists, which are also questions we ask ourselves : What can a robot do that an artist cannot? If it has an artificial intelligence, does a robot have an imagination? Who decides: the artist, the engineer, the robot, the spectators or everyone together? What is a work of art? Should we fear robots? Artists? Artist-robots?

Practical Information

Open every day except Tuesday
10 am to 8 pm Thursday* to Monday
10 am to 10 pm on Wednesday

*Please note, there are planned early closures on Thursdays at 6 pm on 5 and 24 May

Late night opening is free for those under 26 the first Wednesday of every month between 7 pm and 10 pm (last admission at 9.15 pm): Wednesday 2 May, 6 June, 4 July

European Night of Museums - 19 May. The exhibition is open and free from 8 pm onwards. Doors open until Midnight, closes at 1 am.

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