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The Art of Bots

The Art of Bots

River Rooms

New Wing

Somerset House


Fri 15 & Sat 16 Apr 2016



Fri 15 Apr 12.00-20.00 (last admission 19.30)

Sat 16 Apr 10.00-18.00 (last admission 17.30)


We live in a world of bots that allusively infiltrate our online lives; from social bots to surveillance bots, joke bots to news bots.

Discover how computers are getting better at thinking like us and how they are exposing the cracks in the inner workings of the internet. Explore bot behaviour and the creative side of these computer programmes through showcases, installations, and performances from artists, gamers, developers, theorists and activists, including an opportunity to get hands-on with bot inventions and prototypes as they are being created.

Forming part of The Art of Bots is a Disruption Network Lab (Fri 15 Apr 13.00 – 17.00, £5 / £7), a series of talks and debates, which focus on the ‘darker’ side of bot usage curated by Tatiana Bazzichelli.

For further details, and booking information for the Disruption Network Lab, visit

The Art of Bots features contributions from Darius Kazemi (USA), Jeff Thompson (USA), Katie Rose Pipkin (USA), Allison Parrish (USA), Shardcore (UK), Julien Deswaef  (USA), Matt Webb (UK), Chris Rodley (AUS), Sam Lavigne (USA), Emma Winston (UK) and George Buckenham (UK).

Produced and commissioned by Abandon Normal Devices. The showcase programme is co-curated with London based British-Colombian artist and bot enthusiast Matthew Plummer-Fernandez.

#ArtofBots       @ANDFestival

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