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An[0]ther {AI} in Art Decolonizing Artificial Intelligence {AI} and the Future of Art Making

Artificial Intelligence promises drastic changes in every corner of our world. The art world is no different. There’s a massive gap between high-level conversations about the potential to merge art and technology, and what’s actually happening on the ground. Major challenges abound on all sides.

Artists are alienated by emerging technologies. Technologists are advancing the field without sufficient critical and social engagement. Institutional stakeholders are resistant to the realities of imminent AI related paradigm shifts.

It’s time to do something about it.

An[0]ther {AI} in Art is an intimate gathering that will bring together artists, scholars, curators, technologists, community leaders and institutional influencers and decision makers to address gaps, challenges, and opportunities at the intersection of critical inquiry, art making and artificial intelligence. Founded by Amir Baradaran, with the generous support of The Knight Foundation and Columbia University, and in partnership with the New Museum and NEW INC, the program will mine diverse perspectives in the ongoing discourse between citizen-users and the technology-making industry.

As we increasingly use machines to tell our own stories, to what extent can we reclaim our agency in designing the stories that machines write and archive about us?

VISION

We seek to build a common understanding of the present and propose a radical view of the future – one that incorporates the voices of those historically excluded from participating in cultural dialogue, let alone shaping it.

UNITE visionary practitioners, scholars, institutional stakeholders, and community and tech industry leaders

UNPACK philosophical and social issues deriving from the use of AI in art making and the role of artists and the art world ecosystem in shaping the promise of technological development

PRODUCE a set of framing questions around the use of AI within the art world that present a radical vision of the future.

DOCUMENT and publish our approach, process, and findings for the public.

 
 
 

Steering committee

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Amir Baradaran

Founder and Lead Organizer

Amir Baradaran is a New York-based Iranian-Canadian ARtificial artist. As the Arts-Based Creative Research Associate and Adjunct Faculty at Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Baradaran is developing iBegoo, a multi-user software that supports artists with limited knowledge of game design and programing by streamlining and automating the process of writing for, directing…read more

 
 
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Isolde Brielmaier

Scholar and curator Isolde Brielmaier is Assistant Professor of Critical Studies in the Department of Photography, Imaging and Emerging Media at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University … read more

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David K. Park

David K. Park is Dean of Strategic Initiatives for the Faculty of the Arts and Sciences at Columbia University. Dr. Park is a member of Columbia University’s Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering New Media Center…read more

 
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Stephanie Dinkins

Stephanie Dinkins is a transdisciplinary artist who creates platforms for dialog about artificial intelligence (AI) as it intersects race, gender, aging, and our future histories. She is particularly driven to work with communities of color to co-create more … read more

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Stephanie Pereira

Stephanie Pereira is the director of NEW INC. Prior to that, she was a senior leader at Kickstarter where she worked for over six years, first as the inaugural Director of Arts, and most recently as Director of Creator Engagement where she oversaw strategic...read more

 
 
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Steve Feiner

Director of CGUI Lab, Department of Computer Science, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), Columbia University. Steven Feiner (Ph.D., Brown) is a Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University, where he directs the … read more

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Rachel Ginsberg

Rachel Ginsberg is a member of Columbia University School of the Arts’ Digital Storytelling Lab, where she helps to design frameworks merging storytelling, education, collaborative practice, and emerging technology, used to address pressing global challenges. She supports … read more

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Farbod Honarpisheh

Farbod Honarpisheh is presently the Dietrich School Humanities Center Fellow in Film and Media Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. His dissertation, “Fragmented Allegories of National Authenticity: Art and Politics of the Iranian New Wave Cinema of the 1960s and 1970s,” was…read more


Ikaika Ramones

Ikaika (Kanaka ʻŌiwi) is a PhD student in social anthropology at New York University. His research engages with the roles of philanthropy and bureaucracy in projects of social change. Specifically, he examines…read more

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Frank Rose

Frank Rose is a recognized authority on the future of media. In his most recent book, The Art of Immersion: How the Digital Generation Is Remaking Hollywood, Madison Avenue, and the Way We Tell Stories, he argues that we are seeing the emergence… read more

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Karen Wong

Karen Wong is the Deputy Director of the New Museum, a mid-size museum renowned for its entrepreneurial platforms and mission: new art and new ideas. She co-founded the initiatives IDEAS CITY (2010), a residency and …read more

 

Advising Committee

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Chris Barr

Chris Barr directs arts and technology investments at Knight Foundation. Through this work, he collaborates with art museums and other cultural institutions to shape innovation and technology… read more

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Carol Becker

Carol Becker is Professor of the Arts and Dean of Columbia University School of the Arts. Prior to this appointment, she was Dean of Faculty/Vice President for Academic Affairs at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her books include:..read more

 
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John Borthwick

Betaworks CEO, founder, Betaworks is a startup platform that builds & invests across the social, data driven media internet. Betaworks combines three areas of expertise. A studio; building products like Giphy, Dots, bitly, & Tweetdeck…read more

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Shih-Fu Chang

Shih-Fu Chang is the Senior Executive Vice Dean of Columbia Engineering and a Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. His research is focused on computer vision, machine learning, and multimedia information … read more

 
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Sarah Cole

Sarah Cole specializes in British literature of the 19th and 20th centuries, with an emphasis on the modernist period. Areas of interest include war and violence, history and memory, sexuality and the body, and Irish literature of the modernist period…read more

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Jade E. Davis


Dr. Jade E. Davis is the Director of Digital Project Management for Columbia University Libraries. In addition to her work in the Libraries, she has an active research agenda that focuses on the stories and culture that is built and…read more

 
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Suzy Delvalle

Susan (Suzy) Delvalle is the President and Executive Director of Creative Capital, a national arts organization that supports innovative and adventurous artists through funding , counsel and career development services. In the last 19 years…read more

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José Diaz

José Carlos Diaz is the Chief Curator at The Andy Warhol Museum and was a 2018 fellow at the Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL). Diaz has recently curated the first museum solo exhibition of Iranian artist Farhad Moshiri and is currently … read more

 
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Tom Emrich

Sometimes called the “man from the future”, Tom is recognized as one of the world’s leading thought leaders and influencers in Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) and wearable tech. He was recently listed as one of 30 people… read more

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Tiana Webb Evans

Tiana Webb Evans is the Founder and Managing Director of ESP Group, a public relations agency specializing in the strategic promotion of agents of culture with International clients spanning art, architecture, interior design… read more


 
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Gerfried Stocker

Artistic Director at Ars Electronica. Gerfried Stocker (AT) is a media artist and an electronic engineer. Since 1995 he has been a managing and an artistic director of Ars Electronica. 1995/1996 he developed thegroundbreaking exhibition strategies of Ars Electronica Center with …read more

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Yvonne Grzenkowicz

Yvonne Grzenkowicz is Founder / Executive Director of Animation Nights New York, a curated monthly screening event and annual conference held in NYC. Animation Nights New York presents short form animation content… read more

 
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Justin Hendrix

Justin Hendrix is Executive Director of NYC Media Lab, a public-private partnership between the City’s industry and its universities to drive emerging media and technology innovation and entrepreneurship, and the founding Executive Director of …read more

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Philip Himberg

Artistic Director of the Sundance Institute Theatre Program. Since 1997, Philip has overseen all aspects of the Sundance Institute Theatre Program. Under his aegis, the Institute’s developmental theatre labs have supported hundreds… read more

 
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Pascal Hufschmid

Pascal Hufschmid is Head of External Affairs at the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland. He believes a museum is a point of view that can be expressed far beyond its walls via a multiplicity of projects with wide-ranging… read more

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Ori Inbar

Ori is a world-leading expert in the Augmented Reality industry and has devoted the past decade to fostering the AR ecosystem. As an entrepreneur, ecosystem builder, advisor and investor…read more

 
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Karen Marta

Karen Marta is a New York–based editor and publishing consultant. She was the founding U.S. Editor of Parkett and is the editor of Hans Ulrich Obrist’s Interview Project and many of his books. She currently works as an editorial consultant for Americas Society, DESTE Foudnation for Contemporary Art…read more

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Karen Pavlin

Karen Pavlin is Managing Director at Accenture within the Financials Services Operating Unit and part of Accenture’s Leadership Team. In this role, she is responsible and accountable for the overall relationship between our top Financial Services … read more

 
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Charles Renfro

Charles Renfro is a partner at Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R). He joined the studio is 1997 and was named a partner in 2004. Charles led the design for a number of projects including the the James Beard Award-winning restaurant The Brasserie in New York and…read more

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Ruth Shelly

Executive Director, Portland Children’s Museum has spent a lifetime in museums, starting as a volunteer in eighth grade. She trained in exhibit design at the Milwaukee Public Museum … read more

 
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Toni Sikes

Toni Sikes is the founder of three art companies, and currently serves as CEO of CODAworx, the global leader in commissioned art, is a professional network for artists, design professionals, and industry resources. CODAworx provides … read more


Kamal Sinclair

Kamal Sinclair is a producer, community arts leader, and multi-disciplinary artist. She serves as the Senior Manager of the Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Story Lab, which supports artists working at the convergence of all the creative… read more

 
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William Uricchio

William is professor of Comparative Media Studies at MIT in the US as well as at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. He is principal investigator of the MIT Open Documentary Lab, which explores the frontiers of interactive and …read more