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London Short Film Festival returns to the capital for its 17th edition, with the Science Museum hosting a co-curated evening of science and film art celebrating the work of Rainer Kohlberger.

Working across a spectrum of forms that includes live performance, installations, mobile apps and film, Austrian visual artist Rainer Kohlberger manipulates algorithmically generated imagery to create visceral audio-visual experiences that delve into topics such as artificial intelligence (AI) and digital utopias.

Using hypnotic flicker effects, white noise and intense psychedelic imagery, Kohlberger’s experimental work will take you on an unforgettable audio visual journey.

Screenings are interspersed with conversations on subjects such as transhumanism, AI and human consciousness, between prominent scientists, researchers and creators, including Anna Ridler, an artist and researcher specialising in AI and machine learning (further speakers to be announced closer to the time).

Four of Kohlberger’s works will be shown:

  • 'It Has to be Lived Once and Dreamed Twice' (2019, 28 mins)
  • 'Humming Fast and Slow' (2013, 9 mins)
  • 'Not Even Nothing Can Be Free of Ghosts' (2016, 11 mins)
  • 'Keep That Dream Burning' (2017, 8 mins)

This event accompanies our Art of Innovation exhibition exploring the dialogue between scientists and artists over the last 250 years, and is also part of London Short Film Festival, taking place from 10 to 19 January 2020 in various London venues.

This screening is not an IMAX or 3D presentation.

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