Conversations From The Center
Episode #8 – Affecting Technologies
We begin with a Case Study exchange with host Sylvain Souklaye and curator/artist Sabrina Huth, who sheds light on creating a physical exhibition “Stories of Absence” during the pandemic in Amsterdam. Then we proceed to a piece by performance artist Diana Schuemann (based in Haifa), who poses the question of movement during uncertain times. For our conversation portion, we welcome CAD+SRs very own Affecting Technologies research group featuring Katherine Ye, Gabriel Pereira, and Bruno Moreschi, a group of artists, researchers, technologists and activists, who work towards new countercultures of computing. Lastly, we end with a sound piece entitled “Água de Chocalho (Rattle Water)” introduced by sound curator KMRU, created by Brazilian sound artist and researcher, Yuri Bruscky.
Gabriel Pereira is a PhD fellow in Information Studies at Aarhus University (Denmark). He is interested in practices that bring together science and technology studies with software and artistic practice. His main research focus is around critical studies of data, algorithms, and digital infrastructures, especially for computer vision. In 2018-2019, with support from CAD+SR, he was a visiting Graduate Student at MIT's Global Media Technologies and Cultures Lab. Projects with Gabriel have been exhibited in the 33rd Sao Paulo Art Biennial, the Van Abbemuseum, IDFA DocLab, Itaú Cultural, and aarea.co. He is a 2019-2020 Researcher in Residence at CAD+SR.
Bruno Moreschi is a researcher and multidisciplinary artist. Postdoctoral fellow at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of São Paulo (FAUUSP), Ph.D. in Arts at the State University of Campinas (Unicamp), with a Capes scholarship, and exchange at the University of Arts of Helsinki (Kuva Art Academy), Finland, via CIMO Fellowship. His academic and artistic investigations are related to the deconstruction of systems and the decoding of their procedures and social practices – including here (but not only) experiences in the visual arts system and its spaces of legitimation. He currently conducts experiments in the field of Artificial Intelligence, in reverse engineering processes to carry out expanded practices of institutional critique and studies on human layers present in the training and maintenance of contemporary digital infrastructures. Projects recognized by scholarships, exhibitions and institutions such as Van Abbemuseum, 33rd Bienal de São Paulo, Rumos Award, Funarte, Capes, and Fapesp. Apart from being a senior research fellow at the Center, he is currently a researcher on the Histories of AI: Genealogy of Power (Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge University), and one of the coordinators of GAIA / C4AI / Inova USP, a group of researchers from different fields in the construction of democratic, artistic and experimental methods in the use of programming, machine learning, and Artificial Intelligences – always considering the specifics of the Global South context.
Katherine Ye works on making computing more expressive and equitable. Ye is a Microsoft Research PhD Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University and co-organizes coveillance, a US-based collective working to reshape the balance of power between marginalized communities and computing.
Sabrina currently lives and works as free-lance dance artist in Berlin. Next to her diploma studies in psychology (University of Vienna), she completed a teachers training for holistic dance and movement pedagogy (Institute INGATA). Since 2017, she increasingly explores interdisciplinary formats of artistic research within the frame of the Master`s program ‘Artistic Research’ at the University of Amsterdam and the Amsterdam University of the Arts.
Diana Schuemann, (German-Yugoslavian) holds a MA degree in Holocaust Studies (University Haifa). She has built her dance roots in the Berliner (Hip Hop) Dance scene, is a performer as well as art historian with a research focus on dance pieces dealing with the Holocaust and Genocide. Whilst originally coming from the Hip Hop dance scene, Diana developed throughout the past five years an approach of movement research which combines Hip Hop dance, modern and contemporary dance as well as improvisation techniques. She studied for the duration of a year dance at the Lola Rogge School in Hamburg. Joining later on the Israeli dance scene enabled her to explore a for her deeper understanding through Ohad Naharin´s Gaga technique. From 2017-2018 Diana carried out research with Israeli high school students, discussing and exploring the use of dance for teaching about the Holocaust.
Yuri Bruscky (Brazil, 1985). Sound artist and researcher, doctoral student in Sociology at the Federal University of Pernambuco/UFPE, Brazil. He develops artistic investigations exploring intersections between noise, language and everyday practices. Since 2010 he has maintained the label Estranhas Ocupações, through which he releases records and publications and organizes concerts. He is co-creator of the sound art festival Rumor and the seminar and artistic residence program (Entre) Lugares Sonoros, as well as co-author of the book História da Poesia Visual Brasileira (Cepe, 2018).