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16th of march 2018


The Moscow Museum of Modern Art

Petrovka, 25


Laboratoria Art&Science and Moscow Museum of Modern Art with support of British Council



Today, in the age of drone media, satellite cameras and mobile phones enhanced with Artificial Intelligence, image-making is increasingly decoupled from human agency and human vision. Imaging devices driven by machine learning and Big Data can also literally show us the end of the world. This talk will argue that the present return of the android, the robot and the cyborg, that is the renewed interest in Artificial Intelligence on the part of researchers and investors, is an indirect response to prophecies about the end of the world related to climate change, the depletion of the Earth’s resources and the accelerated extinction of various species. It is literally an attempt to design ourselves out of the planetary crisis – a crisis that scientists have termed ‘the Anthropocene’. 


In response to this crisis, and by way of a more creative engagement with Artificial Intelligence, Zylinska will propose the notion of ‘nonhuman imaging’. With this, she will expand the human-centric idea of picture-making and art to embrace creative image practices from which the human is absent: from contemporary high-tech examples provided by space photography, computational photography and Google Earth, through to deep-time impression-making processes such as fossilization. By examining a number of art projects, including some from her own practice, Zylinska will argue that art, and photography in particular, can allow us as humans to ‘unsee’ ourselves from our own narcissistic parochialism and help us imagine a more ecological model of selfhood. Such a model is needed more than ever in the current age of networked machine vision and Artificial Intelligence, with all their accompanying promises and threats.


JOANNA ZYLINSKA is a writer, lecturer, artist and curator, as well as Professor of New Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London. The author of six books – including Nonhuman Photography (MIT Press, 2017), Minimal Ethics for the Anthropocene (Open Humanities Press, 2014, e-version freely available) and Life after New Media: Mediation as a Vital Process (with Sarah Kember; MIT Press, 2012) – she is also a translator of Stanislaw Lem's philosophical treatise, Summa Technologiae (Minnesota UP, 2013). In 2013 she was Artistic Director of Transitio_MX05 'Biomediations', the biggest Latin American new media festival, which took place in Mexico City. Her own art practice involves experimenting with various kinds of photomedia. She is also currently exploring ‘the end of man’, in all its tragicomical aspects.


Lecture in English with translation into Russian.
Admission is free by registration: TIMEPAD 



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