Contingent Systems: Art And/As Algorithmic Critique Symposium

Contingent Systems: Art and/as Algorithmic Critique is a bi-weekly panel series that explores critical intersections between creative practice and algorithmic culture. Each panel brings together interdisciplinary artists and scholars to examine in greater detail a theme aligned with the corresponding exhibition. Paper presentations will be followed by a moderated discussion period and Q&A.

All symposium panels will be hosted via Zoom, links below.


September 17 | 10 – 12PM MST

Histories of Algorithmic Art

Dr. Adam Lauder | Martha Wilson: Algorithmic Performative
Constanza Salazar | Challenging the “Data Body”: Embodied Resistance, 1990s-Present
Sarah Friend | Systems as Fictions

October 1 | 10 – 12PM MST

Datafication & Practices of Extraction

FRAUD (Dr. Audrey Samson & Dr. Francisco Gallardo) | Terra Analytica
Dr. Clemens Apprich | Animated Intelligence – Reformulating the Problem of Pattern Discrimination
Nicolas Malevé | Variations on a Glance

October 15 | 10 – 12PM MST

Machine Learning

ZZYW (Zhenzhen Qi & Yang Wang) | Computational Haze
Dr. Halcyon Lawrence | Unnaturally Speaking: Exploring Algorithmic Bias in Speech Technologies
Dr. Pip Thornton | Language in the Age of Algorithmic Reproduction: A Critique of Linguistic Capitalism

Organized by Crystal Chokshi & Dr. Mél Hogan (Environmental Media Lab, University of Calgary)

November 5 | 10 – 12PM MST

Tactical Interventions: Interpreting and Interrupting Artificial Intelligence

Alex Borkowski | Voicing Neural Networks: AI in/as Performance
Dr. Martin Zeilinger | Adversarial Images Between Abstraction and Generalization
Helen Knowles | On Trial of Superdebthunterbot

November 12 | 10 – 12PM MST

Unsettling Surveillance

Lauren Lee McCarthy | On Someone
Felipe Rivas San Martín | Post-Algorithmic Strategies A Queer Critique of Discourse in Scientific Images
Dr. Bill Balaskas | What Happens ‘Before the Bullet Hits the Body’: Dismantling Predictive Policing through Public Art

November 19 | 2 – 4PM MST


Aileen Bahmanipour | Remote Sensing
Michael Masaru Flora | Composing Music: Play, Indeterminacy, and Human-Nonhuman Networks
Remy Siu | Real-Time Game Mechanics in Theatre and Music
Tyriq Plummer | Respondent

Organized by Godfre Leung