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Is the Pope now travelling in a down jacket? Are Barack Obama and Angela Merkel dancing in the sea? Has there ever been a gay pride parade in front of the Palace of the Republic? Images generated by artificial intelligence are changing our awareness of truth and our understanding of the present and history.

In the Humboldt Forum’s Mechanical Arena, presenter Nhi Le (journalist at NDR) takes the accusation of “historical falsification” as the starting point for a discussion with Cornelia Thiele (Berlin Wall Foundation), who talks about the boundaries of fact and factuality in historical exhibitions. Björn Lengers (CyberRäuber) reports on the work of the CyberRäuber on the “Palace of Remembrance” and Yvonne Zindel (author and curator) categorises the ethical questions of “artificial” historical narratives through the use of new media in times of the rise of AI.

With the advent of artificial intelligence (AI), an old discourse in exhibition work is being revitalised: can history be “reconstructed” physically and spatially or virtually? Is history alienated, reshaped or even faked by media access?

As the influential American historian Hayden White noted, historians always stage our past from the present. Our history can be told and staged as a comedy, drama, tragedy or comedy according to our own political and cultural perspective. What is the truth behind the accusation that history is being reshaped and alienated through the use of new media?

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In cooperation with the eCommemoration programme of the Körber Foundation

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