The latest art news, exhibitions and reviews from around the world.
The Barbican Centre in central London is hosting a ‘festival style’ interactive exhibition exploring the topic of artificial intelligence and the role it could come to play in our lives in the not-so-distant future. For ‘AI: More than Human’, scientists, artists and researchers come together to provide visitors with a highly interactive display of the capabilities of artificial intelligence. Visitors can expect their perception of AI to be thoroughly challenged, with experiences and demonstrations that range from beautiful to unsettling. Artists such as Massive Attack and research departments like DeepMind and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have all come together to present a survey of AI the likes of which London has never seen.
- When: Until 26 August 26
- Where: Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS
Photographer Azul Adnan was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur and has witnessed his home transform from a modest city into a buzzing metropolis. In his solo photographic show ‘KL Urbanisation’, now showing at Creative Space (MaTiC), Azul explores the plight of the individual living in Kuala Lumpur, an ever-expanding and rapidly changing city. Moments in the lives of everyday locals are candidly captured through his lens. Through the black-and-white images, viewers get a sense of the experiences of the city’s dwellers set against the landscape that both links and divides them. The impressive project has been a three-year-long labour of love for Azul, who scoured the city searching for the perfect compositions to capture.
- When: Until 21 July
- Where: Creative Space (MaTiC) Malaysia Tourism Centre ,109, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore just got even better with a little extra help from digital art and design company teamLab. In collaboration with Shiseido Travel Retail and Jewel, teamLab has transformed two spaces inside the airport with two multisensory installations – Resonating Forest and Resonating Trees – that explore the relationship between humans and the environment. Jewel Changi is one of the few airports boasting its own gardens, indoor waterfall and wooded area, but teamLab has added an extra dimension to the airport’s Shiseido Forest Valley and in Jewel’s Canopy Park. As visitors walk past the foliage in these two spaces, the trees respond to their presence with brightly coloured lights, which fade and change their colours to reflect the proximity of humans. Don’t miss these visually stunning installations.
- When: Until April 2020
- Where: Jewel Changi Airport Singapore
CIRCLE OF LIFE
The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Toronto, Canada marks the 100th anniversary of its Tower Automotive building with a huge summer installation that will resonate with environmentalists and art enthusiasts alike. On 28 May, award-winning conceptual artist Mark Dion brought a whole deceased tree into the museum for a two-month installation that documents and explores the tree’s decomposition in the two months. The Life of a Dead Tree presents the circle of life and the process of decomposition; during this time, the museum will also host plenty of bugs, beetles and fungi, which all play a role in breaking down the tree’s form. The exhibition raises awareness about deforestation and the rapid decline of Earth’s natural resources. Alongside the show, MOCA also presents a series of talks, drawing workshops and learning walks about the stages of decomposition that a tree goes through and the lifeforms it supports during this time.
- When: Until 28 July
- Where: MOCA Toronto, 158 Sterling Rd, Toronto, Canada
The Bank Negara Museum (BNM MAG) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is hosting its ‘PUSAKA: Embracing Our Heritage for the Future’ exhibition, which features 12 artists. The show comprises a range of artistic disciplines, including installations from Zulkifli Yusoff, Bibi Chew, Haslin Ismail, Haris Abadi and Jamil Zakaria, serving to explore the Malaysian heritage and common experience. “As always, BNM MAG is a platform for artists to promote their artistic works,” explains Noreen Zulkepli, Deputy Director of Bank Negara Museum. “As we put installation art at the forefront, we also hope it will inspire young and emerging artists to tell their stories, capturing memories with this non-conventional medium.”
- When: Until 18 September
- Where: BNM MAG, Sasana Kijang, 2 Jalan Dato’ Onn, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia