TECHFORUM: Automation Futures
September 30, 2021
Location: DIAS Aud. at SDU-Odense campus (physical)
Automation is changing the way we work, think, and collaborate. For better or worse, robots are widely expected to take our jobs, disrupt industries, and transform society. The possibilities of automation drive economic and technological visions of the future, informing ideas about education, work, manufacturing, growth, and leisure. The fully automated future will be one of self-driving cars, hamburger-flipping robots, and delivery drones. But what is real, and what is science fiction? And what is automation, after all, historically and presently?
LECTURE: Artist Samuel Swope speaks about "Flight and Air as Medium"
October 29, 2021
This HUM-TECH artist talk from Samuel Swope explores how art and engineering can inform one another, and how he has engaged this intersection in his own research and studio practice. Swope is an artist, technologist, and academic most recognized for his research and development of what he describes as aerial art. Merging multiple media and engineering practices, Swope constructs and controls aesthetic systems that work with air and are often themselves airborne. Throughout his research and studio practice he concerns the behavioral dimensions of control processes, and he often engages with issues on hybridity, atmosphere, autonomy, and the non-human. Sculptural drones, flying hybrids, artificial winds, and micro-atmospheres name a few examples. For Swope, aerial art frames air; giving it a perceptible and systematic volume. The convergence of flight and air as mediums for art affects their context as both subject matters and objects of science while also rendering and foregrounding the states and dynamics of air and the airborne in all sensory qualities.
Samuel Swope samueladamswope.com
(b. 1984 in Missouri, USA and based in Hong Kong) Samuel Swope’s recent solo exhibitions include Ready\Set\Fulfill, in collaboration with Andrew Luk, de Sarthe Gallery, Hong Kong (2021); Ecotone, Design Society, Shenzhen, China (2018); Currents, Lotsremark, Basel, Switzerland (2017); Dead Air, 100ft Park, Hong Kong (2017); and Hyperobject: rendering the non-human, duo-solo exhibition with Fito Segrera, Chronus Art Center, Shanghai, China (2016). From 2018 - 2019 Swope was a Visiting Artist faculty member for the Art and Technology Studies Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Starting Fall 2021 he will join Hite Art Institute at the University of Louisville as a tenure-track Assistant Professor.
WORKSHOP on Artificial IntelligenceDecember 9, 2021
Location: Keynote on Zoom and Roundtable physical in DIAS Aud. at SDU-Odense campus.
An additional roundtable will be held physical on site (more info tba). Please register for the roundtable.
The thematic focus of the AI workshop is the political dimension of AI and its impact on society, our interactions with AI in our everyday lives, and the question on how AI defines knowledge and intelligence from a philosophical perspectives.Event is co-organized with the Center for Digital Welfare at IT University Copenhagen and Danish Institute for Advanced Studies at SDU