AI Lab Projects

Random Seed: Using Gardening as a Metaphor for Machine Learning in a Creative Practise

Anna Ridler (UK), Caroline Sinders (US) , Oisin Mac Aodha (IE)

Wed Sep 9, 2020, 6:30 pm - 6:55 pm
Thu Sep 10, 2020, 10:15 am - 10:40 am
All times are given in Central European Time (CET / UTC +1).

AI Lab Artists-in-Residence Anna Ridler and Caroline Sinders, together with scientists from Edinburgh University’s Futures Institute, will discuss how the language, imagery and practicalities of gardening can be used to better understand the use of AI and machine learning in a creative practice, by covering issues such as labour, creativity and what it means to own something that is grown.


Wed, 09.09.2020, 18:30 – 18:55 Ars Electronica Selection Channel
Thu, 10.09.2020, 10:15 – 10:40 Ars Electronica Selection Channel


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Anna Ridler (b. 1985, UK) is an artist and researcher. She has exhibited at institutions such as the V&A Museum, Ars Electronica, HeK Basel, Impakt and the Barbican Centre, and has degrees from the Royal College of Art, Oxford University and University of Arts London. She was a 2018 EMAP fellow and listed by Artnet as one of nine “pioneering artists” exploring AI’s creative potential. She is interested in working with collections of information, particularly self-generated data sets, to create new and unusual narratives in a variety of mediums, and explore what happens when things cannot fit into discrete categories. She is currently interested in the intersection of machine learning and nature, and what we can learn from history.

Caroline Sinders (b. 1987, US) is a machine learning researcher and artist obsessed with language, culture and images. Her work explores the intersections between natural language processing, artificial intelligence, abuse, online harassment, and politics in digital, conversational spaces. Her work has been featured in the V&A Museum, MoMA Ps1, the Modern Art Museum of Bologna, Ars Electronica, and others. She is the founder of Convocation Design + Research, an agency focusing on the use of machine learning and design for public good.

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