Innovation Conference: “Belief in AI”
The 2018 edition of Global Grad Show saw the launch of the inaugural Innovation Conference, “Belief in AI”. Curated by Ben Vickers and Kenric McDowell the conference brought together Artists, engineers, academics, designers and computer scientists on Monday 12th November in a debate on the complex and challenging subject of Artificial Intelligence; where it is now, how it is interpreted in different cultures and where it could take us in the future.
Ben Vickers is a curator, writer, explorer, publisher, technologist and luddite. He is CTO at the Serpentine Galleries in London, co-founder of Ignota Books and an initiator of the open-source monastic order unMonastery.
Born in 1977 in Napa, California, Kenric McDowell currently lives in Topanga, California. Kenric has worked at the intersection of culture and technology for twenty years. He graduated from the International Center of Photography-Bard MFA program in 2007. He leads the Artist + Machine Intelligence program at Google Arts & Culture, where he facilitates collaboration between artificial intelligence researchers, artists, and cultural institutions. Kenric is a regular conference speaker and consultant to think tanks and arts organizations, helping groups connect artistic practice and technology production with larger traditions of human understanding.
Dubai Evolution Challenge
Overseen by Tuuli Maria Utrainen from the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), the Dubai Evolution Challenge took place for the first time. International and UAE based designers teamed up to create a future evolution of a everyday objects, activities or services that they discover in Dubai.
The Progress Prize
The Progress Prize returned to the Global Grad Show in 2018. It is an international award that celebrates the next generation of design. The Prize is awarded to one Global Grad Show exhibitor each year. The winning project is selected by a jury of design and technology experts, through a transparent and public process of deliberation and debate.
The 2018 Progress Prize winner Twenty – designed by Mirjam de Bruijn from Design Academy Eindhoven in The Netherlands - was chosen from 150 selections which were then shortlisted to 11 finalists including Project Circleg, Corridor Society, Flare Cycle, From Nowhere With Love, IV-Walk, Jelly Drops, OMN, Opacity, Reheat and stool.D.
The judge’s panel includes experts in design, media, social entrepreneurship, fundraising, material development, and other industries. The multidisciplinary nature of the jury is intended to reflect the varied assortment of partners necessary to take a project from prototype to market. The judges assess the finalists’ projects according to the following four principles.
Kenric McDowell - Kenric leads the Artist + Machine Intelligence program at Google Arts & Culture, where he facilitates collaboration between artificial intelligence researchers, artists, and cultural institutions.
Ben Vickers - Curator, writer, explorer, publisher, technologist and luddite. He is CTO at the Serpentine Galleries in London, co-founder of Ignota Books and an initiator of the open-source monastic order unMonastery.
Jing Liu - Architect, educator and co-founder of the award-winning design firm SO-IL.
Rem D Koolhaas - Industrial designer and founder of the fashion brand United Nude.
Fred Bernstein - Architecture critic for the New York Times
Shumi Bose - Design curator, V&A
Jessica Bland - Head of Research and Foresight, Dubai Future Foundation