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Ex Machina

Alex Garland

Explore the complex relationship between human and machine in a series of films celebrating V&A Dundee’s Hello, Robot. exhibition.
See any two films in the season for £10!

After penning such genre hits as 28 Days Later and Dredd, Alex Garland made his directorial debut with this stylish, intelligent thriller which presents us with Ava, a startlingly believable updating of Metropolis’ AI creation Maria, played with uncompromising confidence and complexity in a knock-out performance by Alicia Vikander.

"Caleb finds that he has been chosen as the human component in a Turing Test..." 

Domhnall Gleeson plays Caleb, a gifted young coder working for the world's largest internet company, who wins a week’s getaway to stay at the remote private retreat. When he arrives, Caleb finds that he has been chosen as the human component in a Turing Test – charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan’s latest experiment in artificial intelligence: Ava.

Ex Machina is a welcome modern entry into the tradition of onscreen robots, deftly weaving archetypal questions about human nature and existence with a criticism of the misogyny of technological capitalism.

Musio K,  a social robot designed by AKA IntelligenceHello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine. V&A Dundee, until Sunday 9 February 2020. From the robots we know and love, to the robot in your pocket, explore the blurring boundaries between human and machine.

Musio K © AKA, LLC