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Packing is always a nightmare. Whether you’re heading for a full-blown adventure or squeezing your stuff into tiny hand luggage, getting ready for a trip is a challenge in itself. More so for the artist, Mario Klingemann, whose works are showing this summer at three major exhibitions on artificial intelligence. We chat with Mun-Jung Chang, Head of Art Projects at Onkaos, about the logistics of bringing his pioneering artworks to audiences across Europe.Artwork by Mario Klingemann is featured at Entangled Realities: Living with Artificial Intelligence at HeK, Basel, AI: More than Human at the Barbican, London, and Artificial Intelligence and Cultural Dialogue at The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. That’s a hectic summer! What are the first steps to ensure that everything travels smoothly?
The German artist, Mario Klingemann works with the very latest technologies, autonomous artificial intelligence machines capable of surprising viewers with their visual output. Transporting these works is a delicate task. The first step is always to establish a solid relationship with the institutions involved because working in partnership is key. With The State Hermitage Museum, for example, we collaborated at every stage, even to identify the best transport company for the job.
Our conservator prepares a condition report of the artwork, then specialists from the transport firm visit to take measurements and agree the most appropriate packaging solutions. For Memories of Passersby I, this was a bespoke wooden crate and cut-to-measure foam. Artworks can travel by air or sea, always with their own “passport” (or ATA Carnet) if they’re heading outside the EU and with nail to nail insurance coverage.
Finally, we ensure that everyone working with the piece has received full instructions on how to install and operate it.In terms of logistics, are there specific challenges around working with AI art?
All of them! Technologies are progressing at a dizzying pace and artists are incorporating these new developments into their creations. One challenge is to ensure that these pieces are simple to operate and always work correctly on site; in this respect it…