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Alan01 in the Space Station Sixty-Five Gallery, London, 21 March – 10 May 2014

Alan01_5_jaakko_pesonenThe Crucible Studio production Alan01 by the visiting artist (2009-12) Jaakko Pesonen et al. will be exhibited in the “Northern Souls”  exhibition of the Space Station Sixty-Five gallery, London,UK,  21 March – 10 May 2014. The exhibition presents a wide array of Finnish contemporary artists who focus on minorities and minority experience. Curated by Minna Haukka & Arto Korhonen, the exhibition features the following artists in addition to Pesonen: Minna Haukka, Marja Helander, Dzamil Kamanger, Arto Korhonen, Jouni Kujansuu & Heikki Rapo, Markku Laakso & Annika Dahlsten, Outi Pieksi, Anne Siirtola, Maarit Suomi-Väänänen, Minna Suoniemi, Timo Väntsi and Tom Linkinen.

sentenceThe Alan01 production was started as a part of the SALERO EU project in 2009 and is based on the life and work of Alan Turing (1912-1954), a heroic wartime code-breaker and pioneer of computer science. He made a provocative contribution to the debate regarding artificial intelligence: whether it will ever be possible to say that a machine is conscious and can think. As a person he was “an ordinary English homosexual atheist mathematician” (A. Hodges: Alan Turing: The Enigma). His sexual orientation lead to prosecution, probation and chemical castration. Alan died after eating an apple laced with cyanide. His death was ruled a suicide.

moa2010-table1“Pesonen’s devout work (Alan01) feels like Turing himself was resuscitated in the form of the machine… The viewer stands in distance, like an executioner and researcher, ready to give an electrical shock by the push of a button. Pesonen’s work is a melancholic attempt to revive the already lost victim, who lives by the force of artificial intelligence he himself researched and idealised… Pesonen’s robot utopia is a lyrical and melancholy tableau of eternity and life, presenting a gap between logic and emotion. The man convicted of human crime can only be released in the form of the machine.”

Mustekala Review (4 Oct 2012 by Jaakko Uoti) of the Forum Box exhibition “Man Machines”