IMPAKT Event: Open Studio of Anna Ridler

7 June 2018
17:00 — 19:00

Location: IMPAKT Centre for Media Culture

Join us for the Open Studio on June 7th, where you’ll be able to hear more about Impakt artist in residence Anna Ridler’s practice and her current project. Anna will discuss the work she has been making during her residency at Impakt. By creating and categorising a large data set of tulip photos, she has been working on an artificial intelligence that creates digital tulips. This AI will form the basis of the work Mosaic Virus, which connects the financial bubble that occurred with “tulip mania” to the current speculation around crypto-currencies. Mosaic Virus in its final form will be presented at the Impakt Festival in October 2018.

The event will be moderated by Luba Elliott, one of the curators of Impakt Festival 2018 and a producer of Creative AI London.

About Anna Ridler:

Anna Ridler is an artist and researcher whose practice brings together technology, literature and drawing to create both art and critical writing. She is very interested in working with abstract collections of information or data, particularly self-generated data sets, to create new and unusual narratives in a variety of mediums, and how new technologies, such as machine learning, can be used to translate them clearly to an audience.  She works heavily with technology at both the front and back end of projects (what is exhibited as well as the research that goes into the piece). Her intention is to make work that is not about technology for its own sake, but rather uses these technologies as a tool to talk about other things – memory, love, decay –  or to augment or change the story in a way in that otherwise would not happen. She is interested in the connections and spaces between the tangible and intangible world – for example, the connections between race and algorithms or love and emails.  She is currently working with and researching the creative potential of machine learning, and how it relates to drawing and painting.

Anna is a recipient of this year’s European Media Art Program (partnering with Impakt) and the winner of the 2018-2019 Dare Art Prize. She has exhibited at Ars Electronica, Sheffield Documentary Festival, Leverhulme Centre for Future Intelligence, Tate Modern, Centre Pompidou and the V&A.

Impakt is generously funded by The City of Utrecht, Mondriaan Fund, Creative Industry Fund NL and the Democracy and Media Foundation.


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