Random International, Kinds of Life, 2019, Winches, cables, swivel sheaves, custom control system and software, 1400 x 350-500 x 1100 cm © Random International

Artist Projects

Random International Unveils "Kinds of Life"

A new sculpture commissioned for the Zayed Centre for Research at Great Ormond Street Hospital

Great Ormond Street Hospital, London

September 19, 2019

RANDOM INTERNATIONAL are pleased to present Kinds of Life, a new sculpture commissioned for The Zayed Centre for Research into Rare Disease in Children at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

Kinds of Life responds to its surrounding environment whilst sporadically engaging with visitors and continually changing its behaviour. With this work, RANDOM INTERNATIONAL seek to experiment with perceptions of consciousness. Can a sense of life be simulated and expressed through movement alone? Inspired by conversations with the Centre’s researchers, Kinds of Life is intended to question how it might feel to share the world with non-human intelligence. It also explores the fields of AI and evolutionary biology and examine what they can learn from one another. Together, the sculpture and the Centre reflect the idea of curiosity, often leading to discovery.

Great Ormond Street Hospital and RANDOM INTERNATIONAL will present Kinds of Life at the Together Festival from September 19 – 21, 2019. Free and open to all patients, families, staff and residents, the festival will be a chance to visit The Zayed Centre for Research into Rare Disease in Children and its inspiring art commissions, ahead of its official opening. The festival will bring to life the spaces and ideas behind its conception through special events and activations.

Founders and directors of RANDOM INTERNATIONAL Florian Ortkrass and Hannes Koch will take part in the Art and Architecture Panel Debate on Thursday, September 19 at 7pm.

On Saturday, September 21, at 7.30pm, following the long-lasting collaboration with RANDOM INTERNATIONAL, Studio Wayne McGregor will stage a unique dance performance specifically created to respond to the sculpture’s mutable movements. All events are free and most are drop-ins, but some require booking. For more details and to register to attend, please visit Great Ormond Street Hospital's (opens in a new window) website.

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