New Media Art: Human Consciousness and Machine Learning


Date: 11 October Monday 

Time: 2pm HKT

Venue: DAFA Seminar Area, 1/F Asia Standard Tower

Format: Webinar/ Seminar

Speakers: Refik Anadol, David Andre, Marina Otero Verzier, Richard William Allen

Moderator: James Neary

Language: English


Artificial intelligence and the debate around humans and machines dates back to the earliest ideas of how humans interact with computers. For decades, artificial intelligence and intelligence augmentation has led to a series of technological tools that are transforming the world. The panel discussion brings together leading artist, scholars and experts in the field of artificial intelligence to uncover applications of AI in the field of art, science, and technology, and to discuss on topics of human consciousness, what makes us human, and how through machine learning we can better understand ourselves to enhance individual expressions in society.


Refik Anadol

Media Artist

Refik Anadol (b. 1985, Istanbul, Turkey) is a media artist, director and pioneer in the aesthetics of data and machine intelligence. His body of work locates creativity at the intersection of humans and machines. In taking the data that flows around us as the primary material and the neural network of a computerized mind as a collaborator, Anadol paints with a thinking brush, offering us radical visualizations of our digitized memories and expanding the possibilities of architecture, narrative, and the body in motion. Anadol’s site-specific AI data sculptures, live audio/visual performances, and immersive installations take many forms, while encouraging us to rethink our engagement with the physical world, its temporal and spatial dimensions, and the creative potential of machines.

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Marina Otero Verzier

Director of Research, Het Nieuwe Instituut (HNI)

Marina Otero Verzier is director of research at Het Nieuwe Instituut and head of the MA in Social Design at Design Academy Eindhoven. Since 2016 she directs the project Automated Landscapes, focusing on emerging architectures of automated labour, data centers, digital networks, and the emergence of posthuman Institutions. Otero has been a curator at the Shanghai Art Biennial 2021, curator of the Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018, and chief curator of the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale.  Otero has co-edited Lithium (2021), A Matter of Data – Dixit #2 (2021), More-than- Human (2020), Unmanned: Architecture and Security Series (2016-20), Architecture of Appropriation (2019), Work, Body, Leisure (2018), and After Belonging (2016), among others.

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Richard William Allen

Dean, School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong

Richard Allen is Dean of the School of Creative Media, City University, Director of the Center of Applied Computing and Interactive Media, and Chair Professor of Film and Media Art. He is an internationally renowned expert on Hitchcock and he has authored and edited numerous books on the philosophy, poetics and aesthetics of cinema. Recently, he directed two international conferences on Machine Learning and Art, Art Machines (2019) and Art Machines (2021) and (with Jeffrey Shaw) curated an exhibition on Computational Media Art at CityU also called Art Machines (2020), with a catalogue published by City University Press.

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David Andre

Chief Science Officer, Google X

David is a scientist, inventor, and entrepreneur whose work emphasizes the role of machine learning and AI, especially with respect to time-series data, search and optimization in program space, and decision making under uncertainty.  He is presently Chief Science Officer at Google X, running a team of mathematicians and machine learning experts working on early stage projects.  He co-founded several companies, including Cerebellum Capital, Shinteki, and Blue Pumpkin Software, and led machine learning at Bodymedia Inc.   He went to Stanford University (1994: BS Symbolic Systems, BA Psychology) and UC Berkeley (2003: PhD EECS with a focus on Artificial Intelligence). 



James Neary

Co-founder, Digital Art Fair Asia

James Neary is Co-founder of Digital Art Fair Asia. An avid art collector for over 20 years, some of his collection includes Banksy, Andy Warhol, Yang Yongliang, Refik Anadol and other digital and new media artists. He is fascinated by generative and immersive art and the future they foreshadow. With a background in finance, he is an angel investor in crypto and also co-founded some of the biggest Art Tours in the world.

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