Ground Zero Earth

A new exhibition showing the time is now or the future is never

15 February – 22 March 2019

Exhibition Opening, Thursday 14 February 2019, 16:30 – 19:00

Celebrating the work of the Centre for Study of Existential Risk (CSER), a research centre based at the University of Cambridge dedicated to the study and mitigation of existential risks, this exhibition brings together five artists who question, provoke and explore our relationships with technology, our environments and the future, and how these relate to our humanity.

In a world of increasing technological power, and multiplying existential risks, art’s ability to help understand those relationships, and provoke dialogue about them, could turn out to be a critical component of our toolkit for survival.


14 February 2019 at 17:30: a Panel discussion in conjunction with the opening night:

  • Bob Bicknell-Knight (Artist, Director and Curator)
  • David Lisser (Artist)
  • Dr Lauren Holt (CSER Research Associate, Bio-Risk)
  • Dr Beth Singler (Homerton College, Research Fellow in Artificial Intelligence)
  • Dr Adrian Currie (University of Exeter, Research Affiliate CSER), chair

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13 March 2019 at 16:30: a Curator Tour with Yasmine Rix, meet in the Alison Richard Building Foyer.
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14 March 2019 at 18:00Rise of the Machines, a Mini-Film Screening with Q&A Hosted by Yasmine Rix (CSER Research Affiliate, Curator) and Beth Singler (Faculty of Divinity, Junior Research Fellow in Artificial Intelligence). Watch a short documentary series on the social, ethical, philosophical, and religious implications of advancements in artificial intelligence and robotics, with Pain in the Machine winning 2017 AHRC Best Research Film of the Year award. Room SG1, Alison Richard Building.
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Olivia Domingos (b.1991 Leicester) is an artist and illustrator based in London. Domingos brings focus to celebrity culture and challenges the public domain of wellbeing. Her rendering of specific events and their detail brings attention to falling victim to the voyeurism of celebrities or news sensationalism.

Bob Bicknell-Knight (b. 1996, Suffolk) is a London-based artist and curator working in installation, sculpture, video and digital media. Using found objects and tools made readily available by the Internet, as well as drawing from a unique sensibility influenced by participation in online communities and virtual games, Bicknell-Knight’s work explores the divergent methods by which consumer capitalist culture permeates both online and offline society.

Daniel Sean Kelly (b.1989, Leicester) is an artist and co-director of Two Queens artist led gallery and studios. Working largely in painting, printmaking and ceramics, his work seeks to create a speculative space for the imagining of other realities – a science fictional universe comprised only of objects existing in the world up to this point.

David Lisser (b. Wolverhampton 1987) is an artist based in Newcastle who investigates our relationship with food and emerging technologies, playfully creating artefacts excavated from an imagined past, documentation of protests that haven’t yet materialised, and mechanisms for producing novelty meats

Jillian Mayer (b. 1986 Miami FL) is an artist and filmmaker living in Miami, Florida. Through video, sculptures, online experiences, photography, performances and installations, she explores how technology affects our lives, bodies and identities. Mayer investigates the points of tension between our online and physical worlds and makes work that attempts to inhabit the increasingly porous boundary between the two.

Exhibition curated by Yasmine Rix in collaboration with CSER.
With kind support and funding from CSER, CRASSH, ART at the ARB, Cambridge BID and the Arts Council England Lottery Fund.

Photographs of the exhibition, private view and symposium

Photography by Daniel Gable Mayhew