"Alan01" in the "Northern Line" exhibition at the Space Station Sixty-Five gallery

Jaakko Pesonen, Teemu Korpilahti, Merja Nieminen, Leena Saarinen, Mika Lumi Tuomola

Research output: Artistic and non-textual formExhibitionArt in coproduction


The Crucible Studio production Alan01 by the visiting artist (2009-12) Jaakko Pesonen et al. is exhibited in the “Northern Line” exhibition of the Space Station Sixty-Five gallery, London,UK, 23 March 11 May 2014. The exhibition investigates observation out of the mainstream and is curated by Minna Haukka & Arto Korhonen, featuring 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. The 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. “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,” http://www.mustekala.info/node/3105 http://crucible.mlog.taik.fi/2014/01/21/alan01-in-the-space-station-sixty-five-gallery-london-23-march-11-may-2014/
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2014
MoE publication typeF2 Partial implementation of a work of art or performance


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