LASER Talks in Cambridge and Los Angeles: Decolonising Art Ecosystem PART II | Leonardo/ISASTwith Arizona State University

LASER Talks in Cambridge and Los Angeles: Decolonising Art Ecosystem PART II

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The Leonardo/ISAST LASERs are a program of international gatherings that bring artists, scientists, humanists and technologists together for informal presentations, performances and conversations with the wider public. The mission of the LASERs is to encourage contribution to the cultural environment of a region by fostering interdisciplinary dialogue and opportunities for community building to over 50 cities around the world.

LASER Talks in Cambridge and Los Angeles Decolonising Art Ecosystem PART II

Chaired by: Victoria Vesna (Art|Sci Lab, UCLA), Satinder Gill and Chrysi Nanou (Centre for Music and Science, Cambridge University)


When: 30.11.2023, 18:00-20:00 GMT. Find your timezone here

Where: Online. Register via ZOOM


On June 1st, we held the first part of this LASER series on Decolonising AI with guests Amir Baradaran and Mashinka Fruits Hakopian. See

This LASER discussion launches the special issue on Decolonising AI in the AI & Society Journal, co-curated by Victoria Vesna and Amir Baradaran. Artists are well-placed to ask critical questions of access, agency, and equity in relation to AI and its impact on the art ecosystem. These include the encoding of bias and the (digital) marginalisation of various social groups. Such critique of AI allows for the emergence of knowledge that stems from, or lives through, cosmologies marginalized or erased through colonisation, and presents how they can be re-centered through processes of decolonization, i.e. through questioning patterns of power shaping our intellectual, political, economic and social worlds.

The authors/speakers will present a diversity of cultural perspectives on the issues around AI and Art, from their personal experiences as artists. Each artists demonstrates their active engagement with technology, interrogating its implications and conjecturing about our potential futures with it. At its core, the future of these developments remains an enigma; and artists see their ‘role’ as being to caution [us] about potential pitfalls and to present alternative approaches to artificial intelligence.’ In their discussion they expose us to multiple points of view on Artificial Intelligence and offered an opportunity to consider another “I” in AI.

We warmly welcome you to join us. 


The speakers/artists’ writings on this discussion may be found at the following links:

Renzo Filinich Orozco, David Maulén de los Reyes, Benjamin Varas Arnello

Qatipana: cybernetics and cosmotechnics in Latin American art ecosystems

George Zarkadakis

The goddess and her icon: body and mind in the era of artificial intelligence

Mashinka Firunts Hakopian

Art histories from nowhere: on the coloniality of experiments in art and artificial intelligence. 

Sara Morais Dos Santos Bruss

Artificial reproduction? Tabita Rezaire’s Sugar Walls Teardom and AI “liveness”

Minne Atairu

Reimagining Benin Bronzes using generative adversarial networks

Maurice Jones

Mind extended: relational, spatial, and performative ontologies

Anisa Matthews

Sculpting the social algorithm for radical futurity


AI & Society Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Communication (Springer)

CRASSH University of Cambridge, Art|Science UCLA

The Cambridge LASER talks (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendez-vous) question the separation and propagation of art and science as distinct categories of knowing and being. 

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November 30th, 2023 from  6:00 PM to  8:00 PM
Online / Cambridge & Los Angeles,
United Kingdom
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