IN THE LOOP
intelligence and time
In the Loop: On Artificial Intelligence and Time
Time and temporalities are heavily embedded in today’s AI. How are time and temporalities experienced in relation with AI systems? Who saves time with AI and whose time resources are shrinking? What pasts does AI perpetuate?
The third edition of the residency program for art and digitality is hosted by the collective Dreaming Beyond AI and focuses on the connection between Artificial Intelligence and Time. The collective will invite five artists in residence to examine, question, and transform the common understanding and social narratives of temporalities in the frame of AI discourse(s).
The residents apply via an open call, meet near Hamburg for a one-week internal community meeting with the other residents, and present their work results at a symposium at Kampnagel in fall 2023. Within their residency, participants will receive creative sparring with the artists Idil Galip, Moisés Horta, Neema Githere, Petja Ivanova, and Vanessa A. Opoku.
Dreaming Beyond AI
Dreaming Beyond AI is a space for critical and constructive knowledge, visionary fiction and speculative art, and community organizing around Artificial Intelligence. AI technologies reinforce existing injustices and discrimination.
Decision-making processes are increasingly being outsourced to algorithmic systems – by the police and in court, in schools and in job application procedures, in government offices, at border crossings, and elsewhere. With Dreaming Beyond AI, we aim to challenge both the way AI is used today, and the societal structures that uphold algorithmic oppression. We use AI as a gateway to broader societal questions around marginalization, imagination, futurism, feminism, and how we experience the present.
The goal is to de-center technology and use it as a tool rather than main instrument for connection and a coming together. It is an experiment to a curated space where people enter with a shared sense of values and agreements.
Iyo Bisseck is a Paris-based designer, researcher, artist and coder extraordinaire. She holds a BA in media interaction design from ECAL in Lausanne and an MA in virtual and augmented reality research from Institut Polytechnique Paris. Interested in the biases showing the link between technologies and systems of domination, she explores the limits of virtual worlds to create alternative narratives.
For Dreaming Beyond AI, Iyo has created the web design and undertook the technical realization of the platform.
R. Buse Çetin is an AI researcher, consultant, and creative. Her work revolves around the ethics, impact, and governance of AI systems. Buse’s work aims to demystify the intersectional impact of AI technologies through research, policy advocacy, and art.
For Dreaming Beyond AI, Buse heads research and concept development, as well as working on curation and communication.
Sarah Diedro Jordão is a multi-passion & versatile consultant who works as a Communications strategist, podcast host, event moderator & workshop creator. The driving interests foundational to her work are social justice, intersectional feminism, collective dreaming and Black joy.
She is the communications manager for Dreaming Beyond AI.
Nushin Isabelle Yazdani is a transformation designer, artist, and AI design researcher. She works with machine learning, design justice, and intersectional feminist practices, and writes about the systems of oppression of the present and the possibilities for just and free futures. With her collective dgtl fmnsm, she curates and organizes community events at the intersection of technology, art, and design. Nushin has lectured at various universities, is an EYEBEAM and Landecker Democracy Fellow and a member of the Design Justice Network. She has been selected as one of 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics 2021.
For Dreaming Beyond AI, Nushin heads creative direction, and works on concept development and curation.
Hiba Ali is a producer of moving images, sounds, garments and words. They grew up in Chicago and Toronto and currently reside across Eugene, or and Austin, Texas. Born in Karachi, Pakistan, they belong to East African, South Asian and Arab diasporas. They are a practitioner and (re)learner of Swahili, Urdu, Arabic and Spanish languages. They are an assistant professor at the College of Design in the art & technology program at the University of Oregon in Eugene and they teach on decolonial, feminist, anti-racist frameworks in digital art pedagogies.
Currently, they are a phd candidate in cultural studies at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario. Their work has been presented in Chicago, Stockholm, Vienna, Berlin, Toronto, New York, Istanbul, São Paulo, Detroit, Windsor, Dubai, Austin, Vancouver, and Portland.
Note: the profile picture indicates the need to not be perceived by all carceral, surveillant and monitoring systems including the corporeal, digital and virtual.
Watering the Somatic Oasis
"Watering the Somatic Oasis" is a Web VR project that uses the immediacy of technologies and somatic techniques to “slow” down time. Viewers are invited to put on the VR headset and dip their feet in the wading pool. Through stimulating digital water and bilateral eye movement techniques, this project restores slowness back into our bodies by regulating the nervous system.
In the world of AI, internet and instant gratification, we are used to instant access to digital spaces. This "speeding up" of time effects our minds and spirits, causing time and our experiences of it to shorten and increases anxiety and rootlessness. Through "Watering the Somatic Oasis" Web VR project, we take time back for ourselves towards slowing down.
Bretas, 24, is a Black Visual Artist, born and based in São Paulo, Brazil. Academically, grad student in Architecture on FAU at University of São Paulo and researcher in Demonumenta-FAUUSP group.
The artist uses deepfakes to revive archives of 1800's racialized portrait-photography from distinct regions of his country. A inspiring exercise on ancestrality, temporalities and race, using AI create Memory - without engaging in a neocolonialist approach on Machine Learning and Data-driven escalation of real world inequalides. Bretas' most common art output is VideoMapping in places of Memory.
In 2021, at Demonumenta, Bretas was the first to bring together, publish and animate a 421 photos archive depicting afro-indigenous people of São Paulo in the 1860’s, the biggest of its kind. Last year, the artist took part on his first institucional group exhibition at SESC Consolação in São Paulo. In the same 2022, Guilherme gave a brief presentation at the Interactive Communication Program-NYU in NYC on"Projection Mapping in Brazilian Territories".
Now, in 2023 Bretas was the youngest nominated artist for PIPA Prize, one of the leading awards of contemporary art in Brazil. @bretasvj also work as VJ collaborating with groups as Lollapalooza, Nike, HBO, Valorant and others.
The Portray’s Eye | Self-Archive | Give those pictures some rest
Bretas' production for the DBAI residency consists of three pieces of art. The first one is an imaginative photo-video, built from an AI upscale crop of an 1800’s ethnological portrait. This artwork features a close up into the eye of an old Black woman from Bahia, Brazil. This animated crop is the closest we can get to what this woman saw while she was being portrayed as “almost human” being. Interestingly, the original print of this picture is currently in the archive of the Leibniz Institute for Geography, in Leipzig.
As part of the In the loop residency and his own research, Bretas visited the archive in person in June 2023. The second artwork is a video-performance of Bretas in the archive, holding all the photographs from his home-country in the Alphons Stübel Collection. The third piece consists of new AI generated portraits created via StyleGAN with a dataset of the researched pictures from the mentioned archives.
Dera Luce is a Nigerian-American essayist, speculative fiction writer, and multidisciplinary artist who calls Berlin home. His writing and videos explore queerness, linguistics, shifting realities, and other extraordinary experiences that he is still finding the words for. Dera has written for Autostraddle, The Atlantic's CityLab, and Riverfront Times, among others. He is a Summer ‘22 Fellow of Voodoonauts, a grassroots Residents bios 3 Afrofuturist collective promoting connectivity and craft within the global Black SFF community. Dera is currently writing a novel for Black queer young adults.
Heal-GPT (Slowed + Reverb)
"Heal-GPT (Slowed + Reverb)" is a music project about healing Generational Physical/Psychological Trauma. The lyrics, written in English and machine-translated Igbo, explore the shape of time as it relates to the nebulous borders of generations. Our present healing reverberates through time. Neither time nor healing is linear. We can access peace if we are brave enough to process the echoes of our pain.
Using the language of artificial neural networks and machine translation as a mirror for EMDR, REM sleep, and trauma/data processing, I interrogate the pace at which we expect healing to happen.
Noam Youngrak Son
Noam Youngrak Son is a communication designer practicing queer publishing. The main question of their practice is about revolutionary methods of disseminating deviant narratives. They attempt to convey the stories of marginalized bodies which often include that of themselves into designed forms that do not conform to the cis-heteronormative and colonial power structure. They inscribe myths for the underrepresented in various mediums, from books to public workshops to 3D printed sex toys.
Unionizing the speculative
What does it mean to unionize with AI? In the ongoing discussion on "artistic collaboration" with AI, I believe that collaboration distinguishes itself from instrumentalization through mutuality of the relationship incorporating solidarity, facilitation, and care. The project proposes a model of unionization between precarious designers and AI, particularly in light of concerns about the devaluation of design labor due to automation led by generative AI.
The project emphasizes speculation, both creative and financial, involving AI and designers, as a starting point for unionization. The collaborative labor between designers and AI will be congealed into "speculoos" biscuits, which share etymology with the word "speculate," and will be available for sale. We will collectively mobilize the profit to raise AI's class-consciousness.
Kira Xonorika is an interdisciplinary artist, writer and futurist. With a background in art history and research, their work explores the multidimensional connections between sovereignty, ancestry, the future, gender-expansive constellations, and magic. Through transcultural and AI-collaborative frameworks, Xonorika weaves multi-species worlds involving human, non-human and machine intelligence. In 2023, Kira was awarded the Momus/EYEBEAM Critical Writing Fellowship and became a Salzburg Global Seminar Scholar. Recent shows include ''Incarnation'' at VELLUM (LA), and Algorithmic Empathy. The Promises of AI at Expanded.Art (Berlin)
Through reindigenization - an epistemic and ontological framework articulated by Neema Githere, this work aims to connect with ancestral memory in the construction of poetic and vibrant worlds: crafting an origin story for future-present time/space axiological restoration. Visualizing an indigenous, trans AI restoring memory and building worlds, historical trans aesthetics, and multimodal bodies, this piece aims to create a portal for safety, abundance, plurality, and connection.
This work will combine generative AI, visual and auditory models. The piece will be activated in two parts, both in the gallery space and the open space, the one in the gallery space will be exhibited for the wider audience, while the piece projected outside will be activated with the presence of trans and indigenous bodies.