As a part of their inquiry, the SLOW READERS are organising a two-day event filled with afternoon collective readings and evening talks by guests Alicia Juarrero and Alexandra Mason. The aim is to sketch the scope and entanglement of AI systems to plot spaces of mobility, agency, and refusal.
Against the pace of infinite urgencies surrounding AI and gender inequality, the SLOW READERS have embraced deceleration. Their research is emergent, transdisciplinary, and at times, rubbing against the grain of linear logic. Rather than streamlining for clarity, SLOW READERS employ a range of reading methodologies to persistently move through and engage with the quagmire.
To view the emergent archive of the SLOW READING GROUP visit https://v2.hotglue.me/
May 25th with Alicia Juarrero
16:00-17:30 Slow Reading Workshop
(10 spots available) Participants will be sent a text which will be read and analysed together during the workshop. During this afternoon session, we will be collectively reading and studying the text with the guidance of Alicia Juarrero.
19:00-21:00 Evening Talk with Alicia Juarrero
Followed by a panel discussion with SLOW READERS, Danae Tapia and Sonia de Jager
Alicia Juarrero is president and founder of VectorAnalytica. With a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Miami, she is currently an associate scholar at Georgetown University Medical Center’s Neuroethics Studies Program. She is the author of numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and the book Dynamics in Action (MIT Press, 1999; paperback edition, 2002), Juarrero is the co-editor of Reframing Complexity: Perspectives from North and South (ISCE, 2007); and Emergence, Self-Organization and Complexity: Precursors and Prototypes (ISCE, 2008). In 2002 the CASE/Carnegie Foundation named Juarrero U.S. Professor of the Year.
May 26th with 16:00-17:30 with Alexandra Mason
16:00-17:30 Slow Reading Workshop
(10 spots available) Participants will be sent a text which will be read and analysed together during the workshop. During this afternoon session, we will be collectively reading and studying the text with the guidance of Flavia Dzodan.
19:00-21:00 Evening Talk with Alexandra Mason
followed by a panel discussion with SLOW READERS Linda Wan Lee, Agathe Balayn, Cristina Cochior, and Michelle Teran
Alexandra Mason completed her Master’s degree at CUNY’s School for Labor and Urban Studies and her undergraduate degree at The New School. She has given talks in Europe and the US, including Sonia de Jager’s Regenerative Feedback festival at WORM in Rotterdam and NYC’s Issue Project Room, Seattle’s Red May 2017, and helped lead 2018’s Class of Interpretation in Prague. Her writing has been in Glass Bead journal’s Dark Room: Somatic Reason and Synthetic Eros issue, and her ideas have been published in HIGHTech, a magazine by Highsnobriety. Her work spans various topics including cultural criticism, social movements within America, and, more recently, the nature of the libidinal economy in regards to personal and collective forms of desire. Alexandra has worked on various projects with Anon, an altwoke collective.
Can Artificial Intelligence be a creative tool for activism on big social challenges? That’s the aim of the AI4Future project. Through a two-year journey – ending in 2022 –AI4Future is expected to illustrate what arts, artificial intelligence and social activism can do when they come together.
Co-funded by the Creative Europe programme supporting Europe’s cultural and creative sectors, AI4Future aims to improve the understanding and dissemination of Artificial Intelligence technologies as a leverage for Social Activism on Mobility, mobility being the social challenge chosen by the project consortium. AI4Future frames Mobility encompassing its various meanings, that is mobility across national borders, green & sustainable transportation, mobility as a digital or social leverage. Each partner is expected to shape a “local” story angle so to fully embody different perspectives on the matter.
To do so, the project gathers a team of skilled organizations working on cross-fertilization projects at the intersection of digital culture and social challenges such as project leader Sineglossa, an Italian cultural ecosystem that shapes new sustainable development models in response to global challenges by applying the processes of contemporary art; Espronceda/Lemongrass, a Barcelona-based institute of art and culture; V2_Lab for the Unstable Media; MEET Digital Culture Center, the international center for digital culture and creative technology based in Milan and associated partner Sardegna Teatro, a Sardinian leading performing arts organization.