Over the course of an hour, Zoom attendees had the opportunity to hear about three perspective-shifting projects featured in Curatorial A(i)gents: Surprise Machines, Object Map, and Aixquisite Corpse. For background, Curatorial A(i)gents was a metaLAB exhibition that featured 11 projects centered on the theme of AI and curatorial practice. The projects utilized the Harvard Art Museums digital collections or data, and were exhibited at the Museums’ Lightbox Gallery in spring 2022. This recorded talk* features a discussion between the artists and designers of Curatorial A(i)gents who applied panoramic and playful perspectives to the collections using AI: Dario Rodighiero, Douglas Duhaime, and Christopher Pietsch set out to visualize and curate the entire universe of the museums’ collections in Surprise Machines; Sinan Goknur’s reprisal of metaLAB’s Object Map (2016 - 2022) showcases the collections’ imagery and metadata across a populous grid; and Keith Hartwig, Dan Newman, and Kevin Brewster’s AIxquisite Corpse identifies body-like images in the collections, inviting visitors to construct their own strange hybrid beings.
*Closed captioning available!