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Experiencing Machine Agency - talk by Chris Salter

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Experiencing Machine Agency talk by Chris Salter 

University Research Chair in New Media, Technology and the Senses/Hexagram/Milieux 

Tuesday January 29, 2019 

3 - 5 p.m. 

Milieux Institute, EV 11.705 (Resource Room) 

What does it mean to experience a machine "acting" or "performing?" This talk focuses on artistic projects involving machine learning that explore how temporal agency and experience are re-imagined and re-configured. I aim to basically raise a group of questions: Do these technologies actually make possible new aesthetic experiences? Do they transform human perception or displace human makers and perceivers with reduced understandings of human emotion and behavior? What have artists done historically with these technologies and how do they differ from what engineers and computer scientists do? 

Chris Salter is an artist, University Research Chair in New Media, Technology and the Senses at Concordia University and Co-Director of the Hexagram network for Research-Creation in Media Arts and Technology in Montreal. He studied philosophy and economics at Emory University and completed a PhD in directing/dramatic criticism at Stanford University where he also researched and studied at CCMRA. In the 1990s, he collaborated with Peter Sellars and William Forsythe/Frankfurt Ballet in Salzburg, Paris, and London. His artistic work has been seen in festivals and exhibitions all over the world including the Venice Biennale. He is the author of Entangled: Technology and the Transformation of Performance (MIT Press, 2010) and Alien Agency: Experimental Encounters with Art in the Making (MIT Press, 2015). He is creative consultant for the Barbican Centre’s (London) 2019 thematic season: Life Rewired. He is currently working on a book focused on how we make sense in an age of sensors, algorithms, machine learning and quantification. 

Hosted by Machine Agencies Research Group, Milieux Institute 

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