The Schaufler Lab@TU Dresden: AI, Art and Science

Schaufler Lab
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Sat, 13.11.2021 6:30 PM


Language: English
This event will take place on Zoom

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The SCHAUFLER LAB@TU DRESDEN was founded in 2020 and provides a collaboration opportunity for early-stage researchers of the Schaufler Kolleg and internationally known artists in the Schaufler Residency to analyse current technologies, their origins and impact on present-day life. The project, which runs until 2024, involves a ground-breaking interdisciplinary dialogue focused on the question of how artificial intelligence changes cultural and social structures, and conversely how it is shaped and changed itself as a result. The panel discussion offers an introduction to the projects championed by art fellows Christian Kosmas Mayer and Anton Ginzburg, whose cooperation in 2020/21 at Dresden Technical University brought together diverse disciplines ranging from computer science and maths to biology and cryogenics. At the same time Schaufler fellows Rebekka Roschy (history of technology) and Michael Klipphahn (art history) talk about their research, which also focuses on the intersection between art, AI and the history of computer science.

Artists: Christian Kosmas Mayer, Anton Ginzburg
Fellows: Michael Klipphahn, Rebekka Roschy
Moderator: Gwendolin Kremer

The panel is in English.

Christian Kosmas Mayer is an artist, musician and author. In his works he primarily focuses on the conflicting priorities of nature, culture and science, not only questioning the technology of today but also highlighting possible future scenarios. For his spatial installations he ties in historical culture narratives or artefacts with current research findings. He is a winner of the Outstanding Artist Award 2020 from the Republic of Austria and residency artist for 2020 at the Schaufler Lab@TU Dresden, where his first research focus at the lab was “artificial intelligence as a factor and consequence of social and cultural change”. He is also co-editor of an art magazine.

Anton Ginzburg is an artist from New York. His portfolio includes paintings, graphic art, film and sculpture. In his works he questions the concepts of creativity and cultural work in a historical context. He also reflects the influence exerted by today’s technological developments such as AI and machine learning on current artistic practices. His work has been exhibited at events and venues including the 54th Biennale in Venice, the Film Festival Dresden and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He is artist-in-residence 2021 at the Schaufler Lab@TU Dresden.

Michael Klipphahn has been working on his PhD in art history at TU Dresden since 2019, focusing on the connection between magic and AI in contemporary art. He is writing his thesis as part of the initial project phase at the Schaufler Lab@TU Dresden research institute under the supervision of Kerstin Schankweiler, Professor of Visual Studies in a Global Context. As one of the scholarship holders in the first project phase of the Schaufler Kolleg@TU Dresden, he is researching in collaboration with other artists at the Schaufler Residency@TU Dresden on the topic of “Artificial Intelligence as a Factor and Consequence of Social and Cultural Change”. He has also worked as curator and art mediator for the art space Stephanie Kelly e. V. and the associated Stephanie Kelly gallery in Dresden since 2016.

Rebekka Roschy has been working on her PhD in the history of technology at TU Dresden since 2019, focusing on the historical development of artificial intelligence as an inner German comparison. Her thesis “The Past Futures of Artificial Intelligence” is supervised by Thomas Hänseroth, Professor of History of Technology and Technical Sciences. The project is part of the Schaufler Lab@TU Dresden on the topic of “Artificial Intelligence as a Factor and Consequence of Social and Cultural Change”. She studied political studies as well as modern and contemporary history at TU Dresden.

Gwendolin Kremer is an art historian and research associate at the art collections of the Office for Academic Heritage at the Technical University of Dresden as well as curator at the Schaufler Residency@TU Dresden and the University gallery. Before that she was a scholarship holder in the DFG research training group “History of Generations” at the Georg August University, Göttingen and a curator with the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (Dresden State Art Collections). In her publications, she focuses on art after 1945 in East and West Germany as well as with contemporary art and the interrelationships of Art & Science.