Joanna Zylinska is an artist, writer, curator, and Professor of Media Philosophy + Critical Digital Practice at King’s College London.
FrAIday Talks

UmArts FrAIday Talks

UmArts is launching a new series of Art and AI talks as part of the TAIGA FrAIday lunchtime talks at Umeå University. The UmArts online program introduces artists, curators, designers and architects who are contributing to the social and ethical discourses of Artificial Intelligence and machine learning. We are delighted to announce that Joanna Zylinska will be our first speaker on 24 February 2023.

The FrAIday talks take place every Friday 12.15-13.00 CET. You can read about the whole series and register for the zoom link here.

24 February Joanna Zylinska, artist, writer and curator, Professor of Media Philosophy + Critical Digital Practice at King’s College London. Moderated by Ele Carpenter.

10 March Ele Carpenter, curator and Director of UmArts, & Niclas Kaiser on Embodied Interactive AI. Live in the Humanities Building on the Main Campus, room HUM.G.231.

26 May Irini Papadimitrou, curator and Director of Future Everything, moderated by Ele Carpenter.

9 June Libby Odai artist, moderated by Sarah Cook.

Speaker details:

Joanna Zylinska is an artist, writer, curator, and Professor of Media Philosophy + Critical Digital Practice at King’s College London. She is an author of a number of books, including AI Art: Machine Visions and Warped Dreams (Open Humanities Press, 2020), The End of Man: A Feminist Counterapocalypse (University of Minnesota Press, 2018) and Nonhuman Photography (MIT Press, 2017). An advocate of “radical open-access,” she is an editor of the MEDIA : ART : WRITE : NOW book series for Open Humanities Press. Her art practice involves experimenting with different kinds of image-based media. She is currently researching perception and cognition as boundary zones between human and machine intelligence, while using machine learning to try and answer the question: “Does photography have a future?”.

Ele Carpenter is an artist, curator and writer, and is Professor of Interdisciplinary Art & Culture at Umeå University, Sweden, where she is Director of the UmArts Research Centre. Her curatorial research investigates nuclear aesthetics through commissioning new artwork, publishing, curating exhibitions, site visits and roundtable discussions in partnership with arts organisations and nuclear agencies. Recent curated exhibitions and roundtable discussions include: ‘Splitting the Atom’ CAC Vilnius, Lithuania (2020), ‘Perpetual Uncertainty’ Malmö Konstmuseum, Sweden (24 Feb – 26 Aug 2018), Z33 House of Contemporary Art, Hasselt, Belgium (Sept – Dec 2017), Bildmuseet, Umeå University, Sweden (Oct 2016 – April 2017); ‘Material Nuclear Culture’ KARST, Plymouth, UK (June-Aug 2016); ‘Actinium’, S-AIR, Sapporo, Japan (July 2014). Ele is editor of The Nuclear Culture Source Book (2016), and Visiting Research Fellow, Institute of the Arts, University of Cumbria, UK.

Irini Papadimitriou is a curator and currently Creative Director at FutureEverything. She was previously Digital Programmes Manager at the V&A – where she initiated programmes such as the annual Digital Design Weekend festival and Digital Futures, and Head of New Media Arts Development at Watermans. Her display, Artificially Intelligent, was exhibited at the V&A in 2018 and in 2021 she curated You and AI: Through the Algorithmic Lens for Onassis Foundation in Athens, followed by Plásmata: Bodies, Dreams, and Data in 2022. Her most recent exhibition, Money, Ruins, and the Sea was presented at NeMe in Cyprus. Irini is a co-founder of Maker Assembly, a critical gathering about maker cultures, and she has been a co-curator for the Arts & Culture experience at Mozilla Festival, including the 2019 exhibition Trustworthy AI: Imagining Better Machine Decision Making. She is a recipient of curatorial research programmes including MOBIUS (Finnish Institute), Art Fund Jonathan Ruffer, Mondriaan Fonds and British Council and she has served as a jury member for Prix Ars Electronica, D&AD Awards, Lumen Prize, EU STARTS and ACM Siggraph.

Libby Odai is an artist and creative technologist (essentially a creative practitioner who uses technology) and rollerskating performer. She blends traditionally “feminine” crafts, such as crochet and dance, with the “masculine” digital as a form of community activism. Odai uses community-led engagement to educate and empower communities to devise their own algorithmic systems and break the mould of default technology in terms of race, class, gender and sexuality. Her digital consulting supports organisations to address the access and equality implications of moving online, working with a range of organisations from University of Edinburgh to Rape Crisis Scotland, and the production of Moon and Ghosts, National Theatre of Scotland. Libby Odai is a roller skater and performer, and a co-owner of the roller skating company Sugar and Spin with Chrissie Ardill