Open Systems: part of the Unfolding Intelligence: The Art and Science of Contemporary Computation symposium

Thursday, April 08, 2021 at 5:00pm to 7:00pm

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Caroline A. Jones, Jason Edward Lewis, Megan Frederickson, Lars Bang Larsen, Jenna Sutela are the panelists of Open Systems

Creative artists and scientists are already engaging ways to bring Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) together with machine learning in meaningful ways. Speakers in “Open Systems” look at alternative approaches to modeling planetary systems, often with AI but often with other computational maneuvers that might exchange singularity for intuition or reciprocity. Open systems are those concerned with how AI is only part of how we understand planet Earth, refocusing on various kinds of permeability: looking to the politics of Indigenous epistemologies as they have shaped multiple generations of new media art; to artistic interrogations of asemic writing generated by AI trained on the form and motion of primordial organisms; and to the art and science of more-than-human intelligences. From recalcitrant microbial and computational poetry to ghost-colored extraterrestrials, the systems of world building are always more than humans and their machines.

Co-presented by the MIT Transmedia Storytelling Initiative and convened by Caroline A. Jones.

Open Systems
Part 1: Thursday, April 8, 2021 / 11:00am–12:00pm EDT 
Part 2: Thursday, April 8, 2021 / 5:00–7:00pm EDT


Caroline A. Jones


Megan Frederickson


Lars Bang Larsen


Jason Edward Lewis


Jenna Sutela

“Unfolding Intelligence: The Art and Science of Contemporary Computation” gathers artists, scientists, and humanists to discuss aesthetic, technical, and critical issues pertaining to artificial intelligence (AI) and computation. The goal of this interdisciplinary conversation is to bridge popular and tech-world understandings of AI as well as domain-specific, academic, and artistic approaches. The panel discussions stage art-science encounters with the goal of mingling otherwise enclosed areas of research, allowing for new public scrutiny and creating an inclusive field of inquiry that encourages a socially engaged view of our machines.  

The four “Unfolding Intelligence” panels address the following questions: How do recent tools in computation shape the models that scientists, artists, and engineers make of the world and universe? Can artists and scientists create a world in which Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and artificial intelligence (AI) are meaningfully brought together? Can AI and software systems explain how historically recalcitrant forms of oppression persist, embedded in our technologies? Can these same agents possibly provide alternative ways of being and living together? How has computation shaped the concept of intelligence and what models for the unfolding or formation of ideas does it provide?

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