Ars Electronica Garden Athens

The Algorithm and the Park

Onassis Stegi (GR)

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Onassis Stegi participates in the digital Ars Electronica Festival for a second year, with the program “The Algorithm and the Park”, presenting highlights from the You and AI: Through the Algorithmic Lens festival, which took place from June 24 to July 25, 2021.
The You & AI festival centered on a physical exhibition at Pedion tou Areos park in Athens, which will be presented at Ars Electronica Garden Athens through a short documentary. The exhibition staged 25 international works, within an artificially natural public space, and was complemented by online conferences on AI, ethics and art.
Public spaces define a city’s psyche. They constitute the embodiment of collective experiences; they are reflections of a city’s polity and politics; they echo its socio-economic relationships; they contain our common dreams, feelings, and ambitions; they are the material the polis is made of. In an algorithmic era, the physical public space is increasingly intertwined with -when it is not devoured by- the algorithmic public space. It aims at bringing all these issues, lurking in the background of our urban lives, to the frontstage of civic life.
By bringing the Algorithm in the Park, we pose the question of what the boundaries of post-human subjectivity are: who are we and how do we position ourselves in an infinitely re-morphed-by-AI world? Is there a new deal, a new social contract that is being tacitly formed between humans and non-humans? Staged at Campus Martius (Pedion tou Areos), a metaphor for the constant conflict between different forms of identity, subjectivity, and collective experience, the “You and AI” exhibition poses and invites you to contemplate on fundamental existential questions for the post-human experience.


Program Curation: Christos Carras, Prodromos Tsiavos, Production Coordination: Heracles Papatheodorou, Katerina Varda, EU Programs Coordination: Dora Vougiouka, EU Programs & Production Support: Vera Petmeza

“You and AI: Through the Algorithmic Lens” festival credits:
Curated by Irini Mirena Papadimitriou, FutureEverything, Curatorial Direction: Afroditi Panagiotakou, Executive Director / Scientific Advisor: Prodromos Tsiavos, Exhibition Design / Exhibition Production Lead: Studioentropia Architects (Yota Passia, Panagiotis Roupas), Artistic Direction: Polydoros Karyofyllis (Poka-Yio), Executive Producer: Christos Carras, Technical Director: Lefteris Karabilas, Production Coordination: Heracles Papatheodorou, Katerina Varda, Line Production: Despina Sifniadou, Yorgos Stergiou, Spyridoula Gerazi, Commissioned and produced by Onassis Stegi, Curated by FutureEverything, In the context of the European ARTificial Intelligence Lab network, Co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union