The London Design Biennale runs from June 1-25 at Somerset House, and the theme for this year’s edition is “The Global Game: Remapping Collaborations”. Under the artistic direction of the Nieuwe Instituut, participants stand to enjoy a series of activities related to art, innovations and other interactive projects.
One of the highlights of this month-long showcase is a boutique exhibition titled “A Species Between Worlds: Our Nature, Our Screens” by acclaimed artist, photographer, author and lecturer John Mack. He is also the founder of the non-profit institute Life Calling, which has a mission to preserve humanity in the digital age. The London Design Biennale exhibition is also Mack’s first in the UK after a successful run in New York last year.
The London Design Biennale offers visitors the opportunity to interact with a variety of creations from over 40 artists and designers from different countries. For example, they can enter a space capsule, observe an AI robot, explore a virtual garden, participate in a multi-sensory bread-making workshop and collaborate via an online game. Plus, talks will be given by prominent designers and thought leaders on topics ranging from architecture to future cars.
On the opening day, VIPs, press and invited ticket holders had the chance to engage with the London Design Biennale jury and a medal ceremony took place in the afternoon. The guest of honor at the ceremony was Lord Parkinson, Minister for Arts and Heritage, and DCMS Lord Minister.
In addition to the “A Species Between Worlds: Our Nature, Our Screens” exhibition, on June 13, Mack’s Life Calling will host “Remapping Our Nature in the Digital Age” – a gathering of leaders from academia, arts and culture , business and technology. . Mack will open the day’s proceedings with a talk on “How AI Will Never Overtake Our Humanity”, which will be the topic of conversation for other related discussions on humanity’s relationship with emerging digital technologies.
During a recent keynote address at Stanford’s Institute for Human-Centered AI on May 30, Mack explained the importance of preserving our humanity in light of advances in artificial intelligence. He also had the opportunity to engage in a thought-provoking interview with renowned historian and professor Yuval Noah Harari, where they delved into the complexities of technology, humanity and psychology. Ahead of the official launch of the prestigious London Design Biennale, Mack also seized the opportunity to collaborate with digital transformation company Globant.
“I’m excited about the London Design Biennale and our exhibition, which has been selected for the United States pavilion,” says Mack. “It’s groundbreaking because we bring the current issue of AI into today’s design space and explore how AI and technology design us as a species and our environment.”
“I really hope people leave the exhibit with a different way of understanding their own reality and with more choice about how to design their own lives.”
Finally, Mack expresses that if the public cares about design, they want to focus on their own internal design instead of just designing the external world. He believes that the designer and his creations cannot be disconnected, and asks how we can design ourselves to reflect our inner humanity in what we create.
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