Date: 2017
Context: Archives
Location: Cambridge, MA
A one-week exhibition at the Harvard Art Museums’ Lightbox Gallery asks where artificial intelligence is headed—and how art can help us explore the the world we are making.


The possibilities of artificial intelligence have long seemed futuristic and far-fetched. Today, however, AI technology is making its impact felt in such real-world realms as autonomous vehicles, online searches and feeds, and the criminal justice system.

In conjunction with the Berkman Klein Center and MIT Media Lab’s recently announced Ethics and Governance of AI Initiative, metaLAB at Harvard will present MACHINE EXPERIENCE, a showcase of works by metaLAB artists exploring the emotional effects of algorithms, the uncanny experiences of sensor-enabled computers, and what intelligent machines might reveal about understandings of the nature of intelligence itself.

MACHINE EXPERIENCE will take place from August 8 to 13 in the Harvard Art Museums’ Lightbox Gallery. Each day, the gallery will feature work by a different artist, encompassing sound, video, and interactive data visualization. There will be four gallery talks, and a launch event on Monday August 7th from 5-6pm in Lewis Hall 214A at Harvard Law School. For more information email

Harvard Art Museums is located at: 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA; the Lightbox Gallery is on the 5th floor of the museum.

Exhibition schedule:

Nobody’s Listening, by Sarah Newman & Rachel Kalmar
Video installation with sound, 2017
Tuesday, August 8, 10 am-5 pm; Gallery talk 3 pm

Turing’s Mill, by Matthew Battles
Multi-channel video installation, 2017
Wednesday, August 9, 10 am-5 pm; Gallery talk 3 pm

Sherlock, by Jonathan Sun
Interactive chatbot, 2017
Thursday, August 10, 10 am-5 pm

Color Rx, by Maia Leandra
Interactive Installation with color prescriptions, 2017
Friday, August 11, 10-4 pm; Gallery talk 3 pm

AI Senses, by Kim Albrecht
Multi-channel video installation, 2017
Saturday August 12 - Sunday August 13, 10 am-5 pm; Gallery talk Sat Aug 12, 3 pm


Kim Albrecht, Rachel Kalmar, Maia Leandra, Jonathan Sun,