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.
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).