AI Lab Journeys

In the eyes of the algorithm we are all plants

Špela Petrič (SI)

Fri Sep 11, 2020, 10:00 am - 10:20 am
All times are given in Central European Summer Time (CEST / UTC +2).
Live on Ars Electronica New World Channel, 11.09., 10:00-10:20
Live on Ars Electronica Selection Channel, 13.9., 18:35-18:55

In the eyes of the algorithm, we are all already plants.

In conversation with Agnieszka Wolodzko, a philosopher and author who also runs a biolab at the art academy in Enschede, NL, Špela Petrič shares fragments of insights and dilemmas that have arisen from the interdisciplinary Plant-Machine Project. While peering into the messy background of prototyping new works and (remotely) installing exhibitions, they speak about the potential of the vegetariat to create alliances with algorithms that would counter the hegemonic sphere of interest and replace it with the erotix of care.

Fr, 11.09.2020, 10:00 – 10:20 (CET | UTC +2) Ars Electronica New World Channel
Sat, 12.09.2020, 18:35 – 18:55 (CET | UTC +2) Ars Electronica Selection Channel

Project Credits / Acknowledgements

These video commissions are co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union in the framework of the European ARTificial Intelligence Lab.


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Špela Petrič is a new media artist and former scientific researcher currently based between Ljubljana, SI, and Amsterdam, NL. Her practice is a multi-species endeavor, a composite of natural sciences, wet media and performance. She envisions artistic experiments that enact strange relationalities to reveal the ontological and epistemological underpinnings of our (bio)technological societies and challenge the scope of the adjacent possible. Much of her recent work has focused on plant life.

European ARTificial Intelligence Lab
European Union