Artificial Intelligence lab // 2017

This amazing lab took place at the Leverhulme Centre of Future Intelligence

Eight artists were selected from a UK-wide open call to take part in this week-long session exploring the fiction and reality of artificial intelligence and how this emerging technology could transform our futures.

Collusion Artists' Lab: AI

The AI Lab brought together a stella lineup of speakers including Murray Shanahan (Imperial College London, whose book on AI inspired Alex Garland’s film Ex Machina, Centre Director Stephen Cave who chaired a lively debate as part of the ethics panel, and Peter Ferguson (Arm) who delivered an overview of current and future AI healthcare technologies. The lab also included national artists Ronald Fraser-Munro and Vicky Bennett, who both talked about their work in the context of emerging technologies and potential ‘bias’.

An audience of around 28 gathered on Friday, 16 June (partners, associates and CFI/CSeR team) to hear the artists’ emerging ideas. The area of ethics emerging around artificial intelligence is of particular interest to artists as real world issues arise through its application in industry and the everyday.


Leila Johnston, Gary Zhexi Zhang, Sophie Bullock, Mark Farid, Daniel Bandfield, Rachel Gwanwyn Briscoe, Alistair Gentry, Simon Wilkinson


  • Arts Council England
  • Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority
  • Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence
  • University of Cambridge Museums
  • Anglia Ruskin University