Proof of Personhood Proof of Personhood

Proof of Personhood:
Identity and Authenticity in the Face of Artificial Intelligence

  • 22 Sep 2023 to 25 Feb 2024

  • Level 3, Gallery 3, SAM at Tanjong Pagar Distripark

  • 10AM–7PM

  • General Admission (Free for Singaporeans and PRs)

What does it mean to be human in the face of new technology?
Go on a mind-bending exploration where identity and authenticity are challenged, redefined, and pushed to their limits.

Proof of Personhood: Identity and Authenticity in the Face of Artificial Intelligence explores the unstable relationship between identity, agency and authenticity in popular culture and emerging technology.

Art is assumed to be a fundamentally human undertaking, but with the introduction of generative artificial intelligence (AI) tools, this assumption is being questioned. As humans, we tend to project our own image, physiology and psychology onto technological systems in an attempt to better understand them, a process which often reproduces societal biases. The featured artworks expand the genre of portraiture, depicting human and non-human subjects to investigate the nature of personhood in the 21st century. In the process, they highlight the shifting conception of who—or what—is considered human.

In an era dominated by social media and digital tools for self-presentation, authenticity is a valuable commodity. As the same techniques for performing an authentic personality are employed by celebrities, everyday social media users and bots, Proof of Personhood asks: What does it mean to be “real”?

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Banner Image: Zach Blas & Jemima Wyman, im here to learn so :)))))), HD video still, 2017; Courtesy of the Artists.

about the artists

Cécile B. Evans (b. 1983) is an American-Belgian artist living and working in Paris. Evans’ work examines the value of emotion and its rebellion as it comes into contact with ideological, physical, and technological structures.

Christopher Kulendran Thomas (b.1979, London) is an artist who manipulates some of the structural processes by which art produces reality. Thomas is the founder and CEO of New Eelam (new-eelam.com).

Annika Kuhlmann (b. 1985, lives and works in Berlin and London) is a curator who works predominantly through long term collaborations. Kuhlmann is associate curator at Schinkel Pavillion, Berlin and Creative Director at New Eelam.

Dr. Heather Dewey-Hagborg (b. 1982, Philadelphia) is an artist and biohacker who is interested in art as research and technological critique. Her controversial biopolitical art practice includes the project Stranger Visions in which she created portrait sculptures from analyses of genetic material (hair, cigarette butts, chewed up gum) collected in public places.

William Wiebe (b. 1992, San Francisco) is an artist and researcher whose work deals with machine perception

Zach Blas (b. 1981, Point Pleasant, West Virginia, USA) is an artist, filmmaker, and writer whose practice spans moving image, computation, theory, performance, and science fiction. Blas engages the materiality of digital technologies while also drawing out the philosophies and imaginaries lurking in artificial intelligence, biometric recognition, predictive policing, airport security, the internet, and biological warfare.

Jemima Wyman (b.1977) is a Brisbane and Los Angeles based artist. Wyman is a palawa woman, with paternal descendants from the pairrebeener people of tebrakunna, and poredareme. She has maternal descendants from England. Wyman’s work focuses on patterns and masking to investigate visual resistance: specifically camouflage as a formal, social and political strategy in negotiating identity.

Charmaine Poh (b. 1990, Singapore) is a Chinese-Singaporean artist who works across image-making and performance, often utilising ethnographic methodologies. Central to her practice are these concerns: the performed labour of the everyday, the gendered body, digital selves, the intersection of offline and online worlds, and the possibility of agency.

Song-Ming Ang (b. 1980, Singapore) is an artist exploring music and its influence. The artist deconstructs complex geopolitical histories through multimedia projects, which are often collaborative, that center on the theory and craft of music production, including experimental and nontraditional music practices.

room sheets

Find out more about the exhibition via the room sheets here, available all four languages!

Learning resource for younger audiences is also available.

artworks

Christopher Kulendran Thomas & Annika Kuhlmann

Being Human

2019/2022

Single-channel video installation (color, sound), 25 min.

Cécile B. Evans

Hyperlinks or It Didn't Happen

2014

Single channel video installation (colour, sound), 23 min. Collection of the Artist.

Zach Blas & Jemima Wyman

im here to learn so :))))))

2018

Single channel video installation (colour, sound), 27 min. Collection of the Artist.