1.-13. October 2020
Cable Factory
Opening on Thursday, 1. October, 6 – 8 p.m.
Opening Hours:
12 – 6 p.m. (every day)

Nayab Ikram & Benji

Babe, Call Me Back, 2017 – ongoing 

Interactive installation

The installation Babe, Call Me Back offers a scene many of us are familiar with — the office cubicle.
The archaic appearance of the computer hardware raises questions of its functionality, but visitors are
invited to sit in the leather chair and type a message from which an automated, dial-up sound emanates
from the machine; it is the voice of an AI welcoming us into the future.While we can’t understand the words of the AI’s language, it desperately tries to communicate with us
by matching a sound to specific letters in our typed messages and simultaneously strings together
phrases that we can read like a beautiful poem. Even if the message doesn’t make sense, the
motivation and desire to communicate and establish a relationship with the unknown is activated. Just
as George Orwell’s novel 1984 speculated on the future, artificial intelligence was also once a figment
of someone’s imagination, and as we already know, it is becoming all the more real in today’s world.
The real question that arises as we approach this reality is how this intelligence will be used.
It is also within a cubicle where George Orwell’s main character Winston works, and where he is
forced to erase the truth of history and rewrite it with false information.