AI FUTURES: We Need 2 Tlk

The Exchange: 3 Centenary Square Birmingham B1 2DR
Event cost
Free, drop-in
Thursday 4 July (10:00) - Saturday 2 November 2024 (16:00)
Artist Exodus Crooks smiles in a black and white portrait photograph

University of Birmingham and Ikon present a new moving image installation by Midlands-based artist Exodus Crooks as part of AI FUTURES at The Exchange.

Commissioned by Ikon and University of Birmingham, with support from Vivid Projects, Exodus has explored public perceptions of AI and reflections on media and technology as outlined in the work of celebrated Jamaican-British academic and cultural theorist Professor Stuart Hall (1932–2014). Produced in collaboration with movement artist Chelsea Gordon, the artwork considers how developments in communication shift our behaviour in conversing with others. We need 2 tlk focuses on the haptics and gestures present in everyday phone use and the processing of information from the eye, brain and hands.

Exodus Crooks is a British-Jamaican multidisciplinary artist and educator whose practice centres on the relationship with self. Observing the results of fractious domesticity and longing, their art tends to appear as questions of self-actualisation. Their breadth of experience in visual and performance art and education can be found in their work with the International Curators Forum, iniva, The New Art Gallery Walsall and The National Gallery, London.

This new commission is supported by University of Birmingham and Ikon Investment Fund. It is the latest in a series of collaborations between Ikon and The Exchange, including Foka Wolf, Why Are We Stuck in Hospital? and Vanley Burke, A Gift to Birmingham.

Exodus Crooks at The Exchange is presented as part of Ikon’s 60th anniversary year. It follows Exodus Crooks’ exhibition Epiphany (Temporaire) at Ikon Gallery (9 February – 21 April 2024), commissioned by Ort Gallery and International Curators Forum (ICF), and curated by Orphée Kashala.

Exhibition runs 4 July- 2 November 2024. Opening hours are Monday - Saturday, 10:00 - 16:00. Admission is free. 

We Need 2 Tlk is presented as part of AI Futures, a journey into the brave new world of artificial intelligence through the lens of University of Birmingham research. Our programme of exhibitions and events runs February - November 2024 at The Exchange.