This panel will examine how human aesthetics as we acknowledge it today, experiences a shift with the development of software, robotics and artificial intelligence. Aesthetics has always been linked with the human’s ability to feel emotions. Thus, can we consider aesthetics as something that is only related to the “human sphere”? If not, how do we frame it in a post-human, hyper-technologized society? Within the context of contemporary art, we will discuss the possibility of aesthetics outside of an object-oriented discourse. And consider the existence of an immaterialized aesthetic of data offering a new format to work with reality. We will also try to understand to what extent robots, Ai software, and algorithms will be able to create something that is entirely new. Hence, ask if it is possible to consider technology as unlinked from the human, the organic?
Alain Servais (Moderator): Among the first collectors of digital art, Alain Servais has built up a highly versatile and forward-looking contemporary art collection. | Ahmed Elgammal: Founder and Director of the Art and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at Rutgers University, New Jersey. The lab was formed five years ago and works on aspects of perception and cognition related to human creativity in order to develop artificial intelligence. | Jussi Parikka: New media theorist and Professor in Technological Culture & Aesthetics at Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton), Jussi Parikka is also Docent of digital culture theory at the University of Turku in Finland. | Els Vermang – LAb[au]: Els I. R. L. Vermang (1981) is an artist and curator based in Brussels questioning contemporary aesthetics and semiotics, though algorithmic and conceptual thinking.
This talk is a part of Contemporary Istanbul 2017 and is coordinated with the help of: Vincent Matthu, co-founders of RLTY* | Jacques Urbanska, co-founders of RLTY*, Digital art(s) project manager at Transcultures. Media Artist, art curator, and fouder of a large information web network on « Art(s) + Science(s) » thematic.
The event is produced by : RLTY.org ; Transcultures – Media Arts Center ; Art Acquisition Advisory and supported by Contemporary Istanbul.
*RLTY is an online resource and communication tool for the development of new technologies in the art market.