From 22 April to 8 June 2022, the first interdisciplinary biennial around the topic of artificial intelligence will take place in Essen. The biennial brings together scientific, economic and cultural perspectives of AI to stimulate a differentiated discussion on the topic. At different locations in the city, each programme item deals in its own way with the question of what it means to be human at a time when our lived realities are increasingly interwoven with neural networks.
In the city centre, AI can be experienced by everyone, whether as an art installation on a building at Kennedyplatz, as a hands-on station or through AI-made sounds in the pedestrian zone. The Lichtburg will show selected films dealing with the topic of AI as part of a film festival. There will be readings with Correctiv and the young author Marie Graßhoff. At the Hochschule der Bildenden Künste there will be lectures and projects on the subject of AI, the Digital Campus Zollverein will also integrate its 120-hour week on artificial intelligence into the biennial. Additionally Zollverein will once again become the location for high-profile business events. Among other things, the economic newspaper Handelsblatt as media partner will host its annual AI Summit there and will attract international experts to Essen with its own biennial event as part of the 120-hour week.