The Neural Aesthetic – For the past year, Gene Kogan has been assembling notes, demos, and artworks to help relearn the field of machine learning from scratch. It's given him a fresh perspective on a topic that sometimes feels like a moving target, and has helped him think through ways of making it more relevant and approachable for others. In this talk, he shares some artistic projects which probe the imaginations of neural networks, as well as in-development demos and educational resources which try to illuminate more generally what these powerful algorithms reveal about us.
Robotic Dresses and Biomimicry – Fashion becomes interactive and technology has never before been as close to the skin – what kind of possibilities does this open up? Anouk Wipprecht is a FashionTech designer who works interdisciplinary in search for intelligent systems that interact with the body as the environment of the wearer. Wipprecht uses machine learning and biomimicry coupled to sensors and animatronics. Her designs move, breath, and react to the world around them. She is interested in new ways we can interface — and builds micro-controlled garments to provoke her generation.
Alternate Futures – The Iyapo Repository is a resource library which houses a collection of digital and physical artifacts created to affirm and project the future of people of African descent. The collection is managed and developed through a series of participatory workshops where participants become archivists of a future history they envision.
Utopian Fax Machines – Speaking about his recent iPad paintings and video pieces, David Hockney said in an interview: "...it’s not that I’m a technophile. I’m not, I never was, but I’m not a technophobe. Any [technology] about picture making would interest me." In this talk Jenny Odell posits Hockney's relationship toward technology -- from photomontage to faxes, early computer drawings, and a car-mounted camera system inadvertently reminiscent of StreetView -- as a model for how an artist might uniquely engage new technologies without fetishizing them. Also covered: some contemporary digital artists who are doing this, recent related work of mine, and a story about a utopian fax machine.
Human-Scale – Beyond user-centered design, we need to create systems that are explicitly and deliberately built to be humane. What does this mean, and is it in conflict with existing corporate structures?