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Art Center for Digital Cultures & Technology

LASER Talk – What is wisdom in a calculated world?

.2023 16:00-17:30

Code & Algorithms.

As a prelude to the vernissage of the exhibition CODE & ALGORITHMS. WISDOM IN A CALCULATED WORLD, we invite you to join this LASER Talk panel, moderated by the exhibition curator Manuela Naveau and featuring some of the exhibited artists. Together they will tackle the following question: what is wisdom in a calculated world?

Diego Diaz & Clara Boj

Diego and Clara have been working together since 2000. Since then, they have investigated how new digital technologies transform our society. Initially, they developed physical interaction and non-linear narrative systems to investigate and promote social and physical interaction in public space. Recently they are analyzing how the Internet of Behavior could transform our idea of the future, especially its effects in our society, when computers could totally understand and predict our behavior.

Currently, Diego Diaz is an Associate Professor at Universitat Jaume I where he teaches experimental videogames design.

Kyriaki Goni

Kyriaki, born and based in Athens, works across media exploring the political, affective and environmental aspects of technology. She focuses on extractivism, surveillance, human and other than human relations, alternative networks and infrastructures of care and community. Manifesting through websites, drawing, videos, sound, and text, her installations build alternative ecosystems and shared experiences by connecting the local with the planetary, the fictional with the scientific.

Ana María Barragán Montero

Ana is a senior researcher at UCLouvain working in artificial intelligence methods for health care. In particular, she develops AI models to analyse medical images and predict optimal treatments for cancer patients. She studied physics at University Complutense in Madrid (Spain), and moved to Belgium in 2013 for a PhD in optimisation algorithms to improve proton therapy treatments for cancer patients.

After graduating in 2017, she moved to the United States to the Medical Artificial Intelligence and Automation lab at UTSouthwestern, where she started to apply deep learning models for medical imaging. Since then, she has been working in the field of AI for healthcare. In addition, Ana is part of the non-profit organization CEBE (Spanish Scientists Abroad) where she shares her passion for science communication and reach out.

Daniel Pérez Lozano, PhD

Daniel is a hardware development researcher specializing in cutting-edge technologies. He is presently employed at IMEC, where his primary focus lies in quantum computing and superconducting logic for high-performance computing. His ultimate objective is to enhance the computational capabilities of existing systems while simultaneously boosting their efficiency.

Manu Luksch

Through her artistic practice, Manu interrogates conceptions of progress with a strong emphasis on research, collaboration and new forms of engagement. Her films and artworks raise critical interdisciplinary questions about the political and technological circumstances of particular forms of contemporary imagery, and how these can be deployed to question or critique the same systems they arise from.

International awards and fellowships include Oustanding Artist Award 2023; Denning Visiting Artist Stanford University 2021; School of Law Birkbeck Visiting Artist 2020; ZONTA Award, 65th Kurzfilmfest Oberhausen 2019; Open Society Fellowship 2018; Best Feature Austrian Film Press Award & Moscow Int’l Documentary Film Festival 2016.

Manuela Naveau, PhD

Manuela is a university professor, an independent curator and an art-based researcher. For almost 18 years she worked as curator and projectmanager at Ars Electronica Linz, where she developed the Ars Electronica Export department together with Artistic Director Gerfried Stocker and led it operationally since its inception. Since 2020, Manuela Naveau has been a university professor for Critical Data at the Artuniversity Linz, department Interface Cultures, which she is heading since February 2023. Previously, she has held teaching positions on the topic of Art/Science at the Paris Lodron University in Salzburg, the Danube University Krems among others and in 2021 she was invited as a guestprofessor at the Technical University in Vienna (Future.Lab). Her monography "Crowd and Art - Kunst und Partizipation im Internet" was published in 2017 by transcript Verlag, Germany. The book is based on her dissertation, for which she received the Award of Excellence from the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy in 2016.


LASER Talks Brussels are curated by Alexandra DEMENTIEVA.

Picture used in visual: Billions of Operations Per Second BCN Supercomputing © Espacio Fundación Telefónica, 2022.