Sara, Peter & Tobias (DK)

The Merge

24 February 2021 - 07 March 2021
Image: Sara, Peter & Tobias, from the series [The Merge] (detail), 2017 – 2020.

Image: Sara, Peter & Tobias, from the series The Merge (detail), 2017 – 2020.


24 February 2021 - 07 March 2021




Bourke St [i]
225 Bourke St, Melbourne
Mon – Fri 8am – 5.30pm
Sat 1pm – 5pm


Wheelchair access

Due to lockdown restrictions delaying installation of this exhibition, The Merge will now open on 20 February.

Are we living in a computer simulation?

Copenhagen-based collective Sara Brincher Galbiati, Peter Helles Eriksen and Tobias Selnaes Markussen examine the interactions between humankind and machine—documenting human existence at a time when the physical and digital are almost indistinguishable.

The collective travelled the world to explore how far humans have come in creating a perfect simulation, gaining access to some of the most prestigious laboratories working with AI and robots.

In making The Merge, the collective employed cutting-edge camera techniques such as LIDAR and Real Sense to give a visual interpretation of the world as seen by machines, and try to find flaws and glitches in our reality that might lead us out of the simulation.

Exploring the complex dynamic between humanity and technology, The Merge asks us to consider a series of existentially disquieting questions about whether our physical reality exists as we believe it.

Presented by Photo Australia for PHOTO 2021

Supported by Fini Frames

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Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

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