Exhibit exploring human identities and artificial intelligence to be held at Singapore Art Museum from Sep 22

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Published: 20 September 2023, 2:54 PM

Eight art pieces will be showcased at Tanjong Pagar Distripark from Sep 22, 2023 till Feb 25, 2024, as part of a new exhibition by the Singapore Art Museum (SAM).

The exhibit, Proof of Personhood: Identity and Authenticity in the Face of Artificial Intelligence, explores the question of what it means to create art and be human as artificial intelligence (AI) tools grow more mainstream.

Each artwork that answers to this theme makes use of different grounding principles and mediums, ranging from portraits generated by an algorithm, a revived chatbot, and video installations.

One such artwork, Justin, features an autographed poster of Justin Bieber alongside A4 practice sheets. The piece documents the three-month journey of the artist as he attempted to forge Justin Bieber’s signature, culminating in a final signature on the displayed poster.


Justin (Ang Song-Ming) explores the “rehearsed” nature of the pop star persona and questions how real any celebrity – not just Justin – is. PHOTO CREDIT: SINGAPORE ART MUSEUM


Another piece visitors can look forward to is Radical Love by Dr. Heather Dewey-Hagborg in collaboration. The portraits featured in the piece were generated in collaboration with Chelsea Elizabeth Manning, an American whistleblower who sent the artist DNA samples from prison.


Radical Love (Heather Dewey-Hagborg and Chelsea Elizabeth Manning) questions how algorithms present and interpret gender, and whether they can be trusted to do so reliably. PHOTO CREDIT: SINGAPORE ART MUSEUM


The exhibition’s run will also feature one performance-lecture and a caricature booth.

Performance-lecture in the shadow of the cosmic by Charmaine Poh will combine video, live performance and sound to further explore the central theme of “being and becoming”.

The free event will be held from 7 pm to 8 pm on Sep 22. It will take place at SAM’s Engine Room on its first level.

The caricature booth, run by Jelly Caricature, will be free for visitors to experience from Sep 23 to Sep 24 from 1 pm to 5 pm.

Beyond the exhibition and fringe activities, a tour of the exhibition will be led by curator Duncan Bass on Sep 24 at 4 pm.

Admission to the exhibition is free for all visitors until Nov 24, when General Admission will apply. However, General Admission is still free for Singaporean citizens and Permanent Residents.

The exhibit will occupy the third level of Block 39 at Tanjong Pagar Distripark.

More information about the artworks displayed in Proof of Personhood is available on SAM’s website.

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