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Interactivity Group

On 5 Dec 2019, 16 Jan 2020, 5 Feb 2020

Bookings

Artificial Intelligence — Free, book now

Net Art — Free, book now

Net Art — Free, book now

Theme TBC — Free, coming soon

Part of the Autumn/Winter 2019 season

What role have women played in making and engaging with new technologies? Over the course of four sessions, join digital artist and academic Helena Geilinger in exploring active debates around the systems that we use and are used by, looking at artificial intelligence, female net artists, physical infrastructures of the internet and CGI.

Incorporating music, drawing, reading, watching and walking, these sessions provide a unique way to engage with ideas around gender and technology.

Each session will be themed around a topic with downloadable reading material available beforehand. If you are not able to read through the documents prior to the session, please do not worry. Everyone is welcome and we will read through the materials during each session, sharing knowledge with each other.

Session 1 - Artifical Intelligence

Thursday 7 November / 18:00 - 20:00

“Why assume that AI will default to good behaviour if we program it to be just like us?”

Artificial intelligence systems are being applied to many areas of human life – including education, health care, law, housing, and employment – influencing significant decisions that impact individuals, populations, and national agendas. These systems wield great power, yet few accountability measures are being put in place to ensure the safety of those who use and are used by them.

Looking at recent work from women artists and researchers, we will consider some of the social, political and cultural ramifications of AI. Through a series of activities – including discussion, drawing and listening – the session will provide a unique way to engage with ideas around gender and technology.

Further sessions will involve activities that provide avenues into thinking about CGI, female net artists and physical infrastructures of the internet.

Session 2 - Net Art

Thursday 5 December / 18:00 - 20:00

“The artist, even art itself, is fully immersed in networked culture and is no longer able to assume the position of an observer: everyone is a participant.”

Whether an artist chooses to interact with it or not, all art today has a relationship with the internet. From virtual exhibitions and online archives, to artworks that rely on digital platforms to facilitate engagement, technology is now an instrumental part of art experiences.

But what differentiates art that uses the aesthetic of the internet from art that takes the internet as its medium? How can we develop an understanding of networked culture that goes beyond materials and technology?

Beginning with definitions of various net-related mediums – and how they differ from one another - participants are invited to consider art’s relationship to the internet as one that is as challenging and complex as the social, cultural and political society it stems from.

Resources:

Net Art Anthology: Rhizome

WHAT IS NET ART? – Net.Specific

Session 3 - TBC

Thursday 16 January / 18:00 - 20:00

More details coming soon

Session 4 - TBC

Wednesday 5 February / 18:00 - 20:00

More details coming soon

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