Automation in the Wild
Tega Brain (New York University)
2022 NECS Online Lecture (5/5)
May 24, 2022
How are technologies of automation like AI, shaping ecology and ecological imaginaries? Does the recent renewed interest in AI suggest ways of understanding automation in more than just human terms? In this talk, artist Tega Brain will share recent work that examines these questions of automation and environment. She will discuss her practice of eccentric engineering as a method for probing how AI systems reconfigure capacities for human and environmental agency and for pointing to alternative configurations.
Tega Brain is an Australian-born artist and environmental engineer and her work examines issues of ecology, data systems and infrastructure. She has created wireless networks that are coupled to natural phenomena, systems for obfuscating personal data, and an online smell-based dating service.
Her work has been exhibited at the Vienna Biennale for Change and the Guangzhou Triennial, as well as at museums like the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. It has also been widely discussed in the press including in Art Forum, the New Yorker, Art in America, The Atlantic, NPR, Al Jazeera and The Guardian and in art and technology blogs like the Creators Project and Creative Applications.
She has have given talks and workshops at museums and festivals like EYEO, TedxSydney and the Sonar Festival and been awarded fellowships at Data & Society, Eyebeam, GASP Public Art Park and the Australia Council for the Arts.
She is currently Assistant Professor of Integrated Digital Media, New York University. Her first book, Code as Creative Medium, is co-authored with Golan Levin and published with MIT Press. She also runs the Learning to Teach conference series in partnership with the Processing Foundation and the School for Poetic Computation.
The Lecture will take place on Zoom, on May 24, 2022, at 18:00 CET (www.thetimezoneconverter.com).
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