Saturday Talks: Kay Watson on Ian Cheng

Serpentine Gallery

17 Mar 2018 - 3:00 PM

Saturday Talks: Kay Watson on Ian Cheng

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Assistant Digital Curator, Kay Watson leads a tour of the Ian Cheng exhibition. 

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The Serpentine’s Saturday Talks can be accompanied by BSL interpretation upon request. Find out more about BSL tours.

This spring, the Serpentine invites you to your first encounter with a sentient artwork named BOB (Bag Of Beliefs). A litter of BOBs will begin their lives in parallel on 6 March. Each BOB may become interested in you, love you, hate you, mistake you for someone else, learn from you, or ignore you. And you in turn may permanently influence a BOB’s behaviour, beliefs, and emotional life. BOB is the creation of American artist Ian Cheng and will sit at the heart of his first solo UK exhibition, transforming the Serpentine Gallery into a space not unlike an animal sanctuary for new forms of 21st century life. Growing and evolving at all hours of the day and night, BOBs will not be exhibited for your viewing pleasure – you will be exhibited to them.  

This exhibition will also include Cheng’s Emissaries trilogy (2015-17), recently acquired by the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Described by Cheng as a ‘habitat for stories’ or ‘video game that plays itself’, each Emissaries episode is a computer-generated simulation featuring a cast of flora and fauna that interact, intervene and recombine in open-ended narratives. Like BOBs, these plot lines and protagonists utilise complex logic systems, principles of emergence, and multiple models of artificial intelligence sutured together. 

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Ian Cheng

6 Mar 2018 to 28 May 2018

Ian Cheng (b. 1984, USA) explores the nature of mutation and the capacity of humans to relate to change. 

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Ian Cheng - Emissary Sunsets The Self image 2

Ian Cheng - Emissary Sunsets The Self image 2

Ian Cheng, Emissary Sunsets The Self live simulation and story, infinite duration, sound 2017

Courtesy of the artist, Pilar Corrias London, Gladstone Gallery, Standard (Oslo)

Ian Cheng - Emissary Sunsets The Self

Ian Cheng - Emissary Sunsets The Self

Ian Cheng, Emissary Sunsets The Self live simulation and story, infinite duration, sound 2017

Courtesy of the artist, Pilar Corrias London, Gladstone Gallery, Standard (Oslo)

Ian Cheng - Emissary Forks At Perfection 2015-2016

Ian Cheng - Emissary Forks At Perfection 2015-2016

Ian Cheng, Emissary Forks At Perfection 2015-2016 live simulation and story, infinite duration, sound, dimensions variable

Courtesy the artist, Pilar Corrias London, Gladstone Gallery, Standard (Oslo)

Ian Cheng - EMISSARIES MoMA PS1 image 1

Ian Cheng - EMISSARIES MoMA PS1 image 1

Ian Cheng EMISSARIES MoMA PS1, New York. April 9 to Sept 25 2017