Coming Up: Transmediale 2019

Over the past three months, I have been working with the Transmediale curatorial team as a moderator of a ‘Study Circle’ on ‘Affective Infrastructures’, a term borrowed from the scholar, Lauren Berlant. The Study Circle is made up of seven other (fantastic) scholars, activists and artists: Femke Snelting (co-moderator), Marija Bozinovska Jones, Lou Cornum, Nadege, […]

Making the Black Box Speak: S2 E3 /The Future of Demonstration

Last week I was invited to take part in a performance event about black boxes, finance, and the algorithmic condition: Making The Black Box Speak, an episode in the second season of a show called The Future of Demonstration designed and produced by Gerald Nestler and Sylvia Eckermann. I was curious about it because it […]

A-words: Accountability, Automation, Agency, AI: In the 2018 ThingsCon IoT Report

The ThingsCon report The State of Responsible IoT is an annual collection of essays by experts from the ThingsCon community. In this essay I discuss approaches to accountability in human and non-human systems in contexts of error, breakdown and disaster. My interest in accountability in the AI context is part of an ongoing research project […]

A MECS-ian

I just started a six month part-time fellowship at the MECS – Media Cultures of Computer Simulation – Institute for Advanced Study at my home institution, Leuphana University, in Lüneburg, Germany. Here is what I’m working on there. I’m in great company with some really smart PhDs and Post-Docs and am really happy to be […]

The world in itself, without us: Extraction, Infrastructure & Tech

The Planetary Futures Summer School was a gift in terms of material to chew on and write about. I had a post up on Cyborgology about the visit to the Malartic Gold Mine. “A mine is a complex space of flows” says Dr. Mostafa Benzaazoua. I’m not expecting a professor of geological engineering to use […]

Exit: Moon. A Short Story About Staying With The Trouble

I spent two weeks in August at Planetary Futures, a summer school at Concordia University in Montreal organised by Orit Halpern, Marie-Pier Boucher, and Pierre Louis Patoine, and hosted at Milieux, the centre for art, technology, and culture at Concordia. The course made links between planetary scale catastrophe and the Anthropocene, and histories of infrastructure, […]

“Imagining Ethics”: Testing out SF as a method

Back in early April on a trip to the Theorizing the Web conference in New York, two artists-in-residence at New Inc, Stephanie Dinkins and Francis Tseng, invited me to test out something at their monthly “AI Assembly”. I believe that it is difficult for everyday users to understand and make sense of digital technologies; and […]