Software, Hard Problem


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Opening: Wednesday 7 October 6.30 – 8.30pm

8 October – 15 November 2015

Featuring Cécile B. Evans, Lawrence Lek and Manfred Mohr, along with a selection of artefacts and documents.

Curated by Morgan Quaintance

Software, Hard Problem was a group exhibition that broadly explored artists use of software to surmount aesthetic, philosophical or theoretical problems.

With a title that nodded to philosopher and cognitive scientist David Chalmer’s well-known and popular distinction between the easy and ‘hard problem’ of consciousness (between explaining neurological processes and explaining subjective experience), Software, Hard Problem explored artificial intelligence, algorithmic painting, and artists’ mastery and transcendence of pre-packaged digital tools.









Software, Hard Problem installation view. Photo by Mark Blower.


Talks Programme

The exhibition was accompanied by a series of talks, broadcast as part of the radio programme Studio Visit and realised in conjunction with Resonance 104.4FM. Each episode is available to stream below:







Cubitt Gallery is part of an artist-led organisation based in Islington, London. We promote innovative curatorial practice with an 18-month Bursary, supporting curators at the beginning of their careers.

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