RE-IMAGINING AI – Scholars, Artists and Designers in Dialogue (Basel, Switzerland, June 2019)
Ursula Damm began as a sculptor, but her work has increasingly incorporated the media-based deployment of living environments and interactive spaces. Aspects of the social interaction of human and animal communities and their habitats form collective structures, whose planning she treats as a cultural and philosophical task, calling on computer science, as well as biocybernetic paradigms, to artistically test the potency of organizational forms. She is since 2007 a Professor for Media Environments at Bauhaus-University Weimar and has participated in numerous festivals and international exhibitions, such as Ars electronica 1999, Cyberarts 2006, Sensing Place (HEK Basel, 2012), Translife Triennale 2011 (NAMOC Beijing) or SOFT CONTROL: Art, Science and the Technological Unconscious (Maribor, Slovenia). In her work Membrane  exhibited at HeK she explored self-organised neural networks, more specifically Temporal Generative Adversarial Nets.
The symposium has been funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and curated by Shintaro Miyazaki, Johannes Bruder, Sabine Himmelsbach, Boris Magrini, and Claudia Mareis. It has been conceived to create a dialogue between scholars, designers and artists that are part of the exhibition “Entangled Realities. Living with Artificial Intelligence” at the House of Electronic Arts Basel.