The interdisciplinary practice-based research project »Futuring Machines« has started at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, combining expertise from Art & Design, Informatics and Human-Computer Interaction. We explore the potential of large language models (LLM) as a thought-provoking tool for writing future scenarios.
Three articles will be published soon. »Self-Driving Futures« adds a perspective to the term non-machines based on the idea of »technical activity«, described by Gilbert Simondon in »On the Mode of Existence of Technical Objects«. Creating open machines, which may be modified based on individual needs, can lead to a social relation between human and machine. This open and unfinished machine is defined as a »non-machine«. Creating and engaging with non-machines leads to more autonomy, agency and responsibility.
The article »Affirmative – Reject. With and Against AI« is related to a talk at TU Braunschweig. Various role models that artists assign to their co-creative machines are used to highlight the associated hierarchies between humans and machines. The article then focuses on the with and against AI in artistic processes and explores newly emerging possibilities, but also limitations. Reflecting on human-machine interactions against this background, but also changing them, can help us to make them more open, differentiated and experimental.
Another text — »As far as I don't know. Aesthetic Experience as Diffraction Apparatus« — about relations between Karen Barad's agential realism and aesthetic experiences, written in the context of the ground zero research group, will be published soon as well.
I gave a talk at the conference »Non-machines: Playground of Perspectives« at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar with the title »Self-Driving Futures«. It elaborates a definition of a non-machine based on the idea of technical activity from Gilbert Simondon. A video is available here.
The project »Grasslands for Insects« deals with technological solutionism, computational ecology and poetic knowledge production. The installation is made of three printed artificial grasslands which are being animated through solar power. A book of generated grasslands with speculations on Grasslands for Insects was published with windpark books.
The work I do deals with how we perceive and shape the world and ourselves through technology (with a broad definition of technology). This work happens across disciplines and media. You can find more on the about page or better through the projects.