An online symposium, chaired by Anna Munster (University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia) and Adrian MacKenzie (Australian National University, Canberra, Australia).
Keynote by Anna Ridler, artist and researcher
Automated Dreaming: Using AI in a Creative Practice
Anna Ridler is an artist and researcher who works with systems of knowledge and how technologies are created in order to better understand the world. She is particularly interested in ideas around measurement and quantification and how this relates to the natural world. Her process often involves working with collections of information or data, particularly datasets, to create new and unusual narratives. Her work has been exhibited at cultural institutions worldwide including the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate Modern, the Barbican Centre, Centre Pompidou, HeK Basel, the ZKM Karlsruhe, Ars Electronica, Sheffield Documentary Festival and the Leverhulme Centre for Future Intelligence. She was a European Union EMAP fellow and the winner of the 2018-2019 DARE Art Prize.
Keynote by Fabian Offert, Assistant Professor, History and Theory of Digital Humanities, UC Santa Barbara
Latent Deep Space: GANs between Art and Science
Fabian Offert is tenure track Assistant Professor in the History and Theory of Digital Humanities at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research investigates machine learning as a critical technical practice in the digital humanities, with a special interest in the epistemology of machine vision. At UCSB, he is affiliated with the Center for Responsible Machine Learning and principal investigator of the UCHRI multi campus research group “Critical Machine Learning Studies”. Previously, Fabian was Postdoctoral Researcher in the DFG priority program “The Digital Image” (SPP 2172) and Affiliated Researcher in the Artificial Intelligence and Media Philosophy Research Group (KIM) at Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. He has also worked for a number of German cultural institutions, including ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Goethe-Institut New York, and Ruhrtriennale Festival of the Arts. Website: