The project

Image & Bias Open Call Visual © Illustration: Goethe-Institut San Francisco Image & Bias Open Call Illustration: Goethe-Institut San Francisco
From March 1 through May 23, 2021, we invited artists, designers, and the general public to submit creative representations on the subject of bias and technology’s growing ability to alter people’s visual perception of reality, and we hosted five global Augmented Reality workshops across the US, Canada, Europe and China.

An international jury comprised of artists, curators, and researchers had the difficult task of selecting the ten best works from over 150 submissions.

Submissions explored discriminatory, misrepresentational, and biased apparatuses and expressed thought-provoking ideas on how to deal with the perpetuation of bias by technology.

The open call is part of the project “Image + Bias” that critically engages with the cultural realities being increasingly determined by imperceptible technologies that show no sign of reducing their propagation of digitally twisted, fictional, and discriminatory representations. The project addresses the following questions: How is bias coded into our technology? How can we infiltrate the opaque mechanisms upon which technological systems are built and counter the perpetuation of bias? What innovative approaches can we develop to strengthen inclusion, diversity, and sustainability in technology?

Details on the open call