New Powerhouse commission places writers in museums

In the first of a new writing series linked to its collection, Powerhouse focuses on pioneering computer programmer Ada Lovelace, 100 years before AI was created.
Powerhouse. Image is a portrait of a Victorian era woman, Ada Lovelace, created by AI generated text

This week, Powerhouse released the first text by a collective of writers from Australia and abroad, who have been commissioned by Powerhouse to bring to life stories of objects from the museum’s collection as part of the new program, Writing Objects.

The inaugural commission kicked off with a text by the esteemed global authority on artificial intelligence (AI), Professor Toby Walsh, who responded to a letter from Ada Lovelace to 19th century computer pioneer Charles Babbage.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina