|30 Nov 2023
|18:00 - 20:00
LASER Talks at Cambridge in collaboration with LASER UCLA
On 1 June 2023, we held the first part of this LASER series on Decolonising AI with guests Amir Baradaran and Mashinka Fruits Hakopian.
This LASER discussion launches the special issue on Decolonising AI in the AI & Society Journal, co-curated by Victoria Vesna and Amir Baradaran. Artists are well-placed to ask critical questions of access, agency, and equity in relation to AI and its impact on the art ecosystem. These include the encoding of bias and the (digital) marginalisation of various social groups. Such critique of AI allows for the emergence of knowledge that stems from, or lives through, cosmologies marginalised or erased through colonisation, and presents how they can be re-centered through processes of decolonisation, i.e. through questioning patterns of power shaping our intellectual, political, economic and social worlds.
The authors/speakers will present a diversity of cultural perspectives on the issues around AI and Art, from their personal experiences as artists. Each artist demonstrates their active engagement with technology, interrogating its implications and conjecturing about our potential futures with it. At its core, the future of these developments remains an enigma; and artists see their ‘role’ as being to caution [us] about potential pitfalls and to present alternative approaches to artificial intelligence. In their discussion they expose us to multiple points of view on Artificial Intelligence and offer an opportunity to consider another “I” in AI.
We warmly welcome you to join us.
- Renzo Filinich Orozco, David Maulén de los Reyes, Benjamin Varas Arnello
Qatipana: cybernetics and cosmotechnics in Latin American art ecosystems
- George Zarkadakis
The goddess and her icon: body and mind in the era of artificial intelligence
- Mashinka Firunts Hakopian
Art histories from nowhere: on the coloniality of experiments in art and artificial intelligence.
- Sara Morais Dos Santos Bruss
Artificial reproduction? Tabita Rezaire’s Sugar Walls Teardom and AI “liveness”
- Minne Atairu
Reimagining Benin Bronzes using generative adversarial networks
- Maurice Jones
Mind extended: relational, spatial, and performative ontologies
- Anisa Matthews
Sculpting the social algorithm for radical futurity
The Cambridge LASER talks (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendez-vous) questions the separation and propagation of art and science as distinct categories of knowing and being. We ask, ‘What is creativity in science and the arts? What is experimental practice in art, science, or philosophy? Where do scientific and artistic attitudes, inquiries, methods overlap? How do they differ and complement each other? Can such understanding help shape our technological, urban, economic, and environmental futures for an ecologically and socially sustainable life and wellbeing’.