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Artist Name

Queer AI

Title of Work

Queer AI

Country: USA
Year: 2017 ongoing

About This Work

Queer AI is a neural​ ​network​ trained ​on​ ​erotic​ ​literature, feminist and queer​ ​theory​, ​and an ethics of embodiment. Queer AI’s first implementation takes the form of a subversive​ ​chatbot​ ​which​ ​refuses​ ​to​ ​follow​ ​the​ ​gendered​ ​scripts​ ​that​ ​currently​ ​exist​ ​for​ ​disruptive cyborgs​ ​and​ ​subservient​ ​fembots. Queer AI imagines a future of many queer bots designed for a variety of needs and desires, through the careful and collaborative curation of training material by and for a diversity of sensibilities and actors.

biographies

Queer AI are Emily Martinez and Ben Lerchin.

Ben Lerchin is an artist, activist, and technologist living in Oakland, CA. Using experimental photographies, robotics, and language, Ben enacts speculative interventions and uncovers new political imaginaries. Digital conversations are recontextualized, landscapes are reconfigured, algorithms are queered, and all are presented as embodied data. In constituting vision as a type of data processing, they attempt to answer the question, “What does it mean to see like a machine?”

Emily Martinez is a new media artist, designer, and digital strategist based in Los Angeles, CA. Her current art practice and research interests center around issues of economic justice, digital labor, post-representation forms of subjectivity, and emancipatory catastrophism. Emily’s work has been exhibited/screened at: Transmediale (Berlin, DE), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), MoMA PS1 (New York), V2_Lab for the Unstable Media (Rotterdam, NL), Media Art Biennale WRO (Wroclaw, Poland), and The Luminary (St. Louis, MO).

Emily Martinez: http://somethingnothing.me
Ben Lerchin: http://benlerchin.com
Twitter: @queermachines @Resonator11 @benlerchin

Shown IRL at

31 January - 22 March 2018
RMIT Bld 94 Lv 2 Rm 2, 23-27 Cardigan St, Carlton
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