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A human hand touches a robotic hand.© Eva Beck / Goethe-Institut

Art and Technology

Artificial intelligence, the Semantic Web, blockchains and cryptocurrencies – everyone’s talking about digitisation, and yet some seminal new technologies are unknown to the general public. With a view to boosting digital literacy in civil society, we start up projects about technologies that have the potential to transform society. We bring cultural values and critical perspectives into the debate and point up sociocultural, humanist and ethical aspects that should inform the ways in which we use and shape these developments.

Current Programmes & Projects

Living in a quantum state Key Visual mischen

Redefining narratives around emerging technologies
Living in a quantum state

What exactly is quantum computing and how will it impact our everyday lives? "Living in a Quantum State" will engage audiences around the world in debates and ask important ethical and ecological questions about quantum computing. 


AI to amplify
For a new way of thinking in AI Development!

Would you like to contribute your perspective to the development of public good applications of artificial intelligence? Do you want to become a multiplier in a global network? Then apply for our fellowship programme by 20.3.2023 and expand your skills in interdisciplinary online workshops and meetings.

Cartoon of robot walking dogsGoethe-Institut London. Illustration: Carlos D'Agaro

When AI takes a familiar form Learning to live with robots

How are new technologies such as robotics impacting our educational and cultural experiences in the UK and beyond? And how does culture impact how we adopt new technologies into our everyday lives? 

DAOWO © Goethe-Institut | Studio Hyte


DAOWO: Decentralised Autonomous Organisation With Others - The global collaboration project examines the potential of blockchain technologies for the arts and civil society. By convening transnational networks of leading international arts and tech institutions and communities, we seek to seed a new decentralised ecology of open source cultural organisations, built by artists embedded in distributed global communities. An initiative of Furtherfield, Serpentine Galleries and the Goethe-Institut London.

Newsletter about current cultural events

All our events in the visual arts, film, literature, music, dance and theatre!

New Technologies in Our Lives

Our everyday lives are determined by technology – by the tools we use and which (often without our even noticing it) use us. We’ve put together a collection of articles that critically explore various aspects of new technologies.

The Role of Blockchain in the Arts - Ensembl (Hong Kong) - DAOWO © Goethe-Institut

#DAOWO Sessions - Artworld Prototypes
How to Prototype the Artworld with Blockchain

The theme of the DAOWO Sessions: Artworld Prototypes was remarkably relevant to the times we are living: a pandemic prompting us to work with each other differently, calls for a fairer society, art spaces looking for new strategies to remain relevant and the hysterical (or just baffled?) media interest for crypto art. The topic also inserts itself into a broader, much older context in which contemporary art follows market logics that don’t work for most artists.

Screenshot from the “Berlin: Black Swan DAO” Zoom online session, 28 January 2020 © Goethe-Institut

#DAOWO Sessions - Artworld Prototypes
Can Blockchain Democratise Arts Commissioning?

So far, blockchain systems have been mostly used in the world of finance or supply chain but they have so much more potential. An article about the Berlin contribution to the DAOWO Sessions - Artworld Prototypes: Black Swan DAO.

Illustration: Several robots carry books through a control room, a human oversees their activities. Philippos Vassiliades | CC-BY-SA

Technology and Literature
A.I. and Literary Translation

Is Artificial Intelligence advanced enough to grasp and process literary texts in all their linguistic richness, and translate them into another language? Will it ever be advanced enough? Or will it remain "artificial" instead of "artistic"? Perhaps it doesn't have to be perfect to be useful and can work as a tool to support literary translators in their work – Let's ask some experts! 

When AI creates a painting, is it truly art? And who ultimately owns the copyright? Photo (detail): © DeepArt

Artificial Intelligence and Art
When Is Art Really Art?

Artificial intelligence making art puts a new spin on age-old questions, such as if AI art can really be called art, and who gets credit as the artist – the machine, the programmer or the person whose data was fed into the algorithm.

Illustration: Coloured letters and lines streaming out of a laptop. Illustration: Marcia Mihotich

Generation A = Algorithm
Couch Lessons

Artificial Intelligence will contribute to a new revolution in human history. We invited experts from all over the world to discuss the opportunities, challenges and risks associated with algorithmic decision-making systems in this digital-format. All episodes are available online for you to watch!

Could an algorithm write music to rival Bach? The performance “Gödel Escher Bach” at the Barbican Performing Arts Centre in London. Photo (detail): © private

Artificial Intelligence and Art
The Machine that Unleashes Our Creativity

British mathematician Marcus du Sautoy is convinced that artificial intelligence (AI) can be as creative as humans and might even attain a state of consciousness in future: a discussion on the current creative limitations of AI, its ability to surprise us, and how AI changes the way our species is looking at its own creativity.

Illustration of a head made up of colourful thoughts, such as solidarity. © Kitty Kahane

Reflexions on a Post-Corona Time

A virus is showing us how globally networked and yet how fragile our public life is. What does the pandemic mean to and for each of us and for society as a whole? Intellectuals and artists around the world respond with regard to our present predicament and what lies in store for us afterwards.

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