Art of Listening to Matter: Co-creation with Artificial Intelligence

The third meeting of the Artistic Research Research Group will take place on Friday February 14th, 2020 from 13:00-16:00 at Theorie Trap, Fed Lev, Rietveld (Roeskestraat 96). This meeting is hosted by ARIAS (Amsterdam Research Institute for Arts and Sciences) and will consist of presentations contemplating AI’s existence in a research context, and defining that relationship.

A document with information for the session, including abstracts and biographies of the presenters, can be found in the accompanying PDF file.

This link will lead you to the shared ARRG file, where you can find the texts to be read.


Take that moment. Imagine you could carry, single handedly, all the particles of information that existed within the circumference of the earth within your brain. It feels somewhat impossible. Impossible to grasp such a grandiose amount of data flowing and ebbing, dynamic as the cloud(s). The predictions of Moravec and others on this ‘singularity’ often express concern, if such an entity were to be able to process such volumes, varieties, velocities, and veracities of data, in that such an entity might have a superintelligence beyond human comprehension. Tropes such as this attach little importance, however, to the difference between biology and computation. As Katherine Hayles puts it “responsible theorizing about [artificial intelligence] requires close attention to the materiality of bodies and computational media, a clear understanding of the recursive feedback loops cycling between them, and contextualizations of bodies and machines that reveal how meaning is created through the cascading processes that interpret information.” (p. 155, Cybernetics)
With the purpose to explore such contexts, this edition of In the Art of Listening to Matter: Co-creation with Artificial Intelligence, focuses on the meaning making for how researchers listen to artificial intelligence within their research contexts and practices. +-10 speakers each give 5 min presentations to contemplate: how does ai exist within their research context? and, how do they define their relationship with the ai in these contexts? This session is contribution led, and it is therefore necessary (and nice) that all those attending share thoughts, knowledge, and questions with the group to help form a collective wisdom.
This session will be voice recorded for ARIAS archival purposes. In the case you would like to remain anonymous please get into contact with [katie.clarke [at]] to discuss the possibilities of use.