Love and Algorithms
With: Roanne van Voorst, Jonas Lund and Miriam Rasch
Location: Het Huis Main Stage
Panel discussion moderated by Miriam Rasch //
How do algorithms and artificial intelligence influence the seemingly irrational feeling of love? Algorithms learn to know our desires, our preferences, and our interests and try to figure out what we like even before we know it ourselves. They decide who and what shows up on our screens on dating apps and social media. In times of algorithms and AI, is there still such a thing as a serendipitous encounter?
After futures-anthropologist Roanne van Voorst’s keynote The Future of Intimacy, in this panel we continue to explore ‘Love and Algorithms’. Artist Jonas Lund will join the discussion about the possibilities and dangers of algorithmic matchmaking. Artist Jonas Lund is known for his performative artworks where tasks are executed according to algorithms or a set of rules. In the new online work One on One +1, specially commissioned for the IMPAKT Festival, he explores the increasing digitisation of love and romantic encounters.
This panel takes place immediately after Roanne van Voorst keynote. With one ticket you can attend both events. In between the programmes there is a short break.
*On the day of the event, single tickets are only available at the door.
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Roanne van Voorst― Speaker
Roanne van Voorst is a futures-anthropologist (Ph.D.), writer, (Tedx)speaker and moderator. She is president of the Dutch Future Society and works as a scientific advisor for HATCH, on the future of work. As an ‘anthropologist of the future’, her core research focuses on what she calls ‘sustainable humanity’: in times of robotification, what makes us human? In an era that is characterized by climate changes and fake news, how can we remain hopeful and empathic? How will we live, love and make a living in the nearby future? Her current research is on the future of love, sexuality, friendship and intimacy; her new book on this theme will be launched in 2021.
Jonas Lund― Artist
Jonas Lund creates paintings, sculpture, photography, websites and performances that critically reflect on contemporary networked systems and power structures of control. His artistic practice involves creating systems and setting up parameters that oftentimes require engagement from the viewer. This results in performative artworks where tasks are executed according to algorithms or a set of rules. Through his works, Lund investigates the latest issues generated by the increasing digitalisation of contemporary society like authorship, participation and distribution of agency. At the same time, he questions the mechanisms of the art world; he challenges the production process, authoritative power and art market practices. Lund earned an MA at Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam (2013) and a BFA at Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam (2009). He has had solo exhibitions at The Photographers’ Gallery (2019), Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2016), Steve Turner, Los Angeles (2016, 2015, 2014), Växjö Konsthall Sweden (2016), Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam (2013), New Museum, New York (2012), and has had work included in numerous group exhibitions including Centre Pompidou, Paris, Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Vienna Biennale 2019, Witte De With, Rotterdam, Kindl – Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin, and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. His work has been written about in Artforum, Frieze, Kunstforum, The New Yorker, The Guardian, Metropolis M, Artslant, Rhizome, Huffington Post, Furtherfield, Wired and more.
Miriam Rasch― Moderator
Miriam Rasch studied Literary Theory and Philosophy, specialising in Ethics. She writes essays about life in post-digital times, with a focus on the philosophy of technology, ethics, and language. She’s also a critic, publishing with several Dutch media outlets. In 2017 she published “Zwemmen in de oceaan: Berichten uit een postdigitale wereld,” and in 2018 an open-access collection of experimental essays in English. “Shadowbook: Writing through the Digital,” 2014-2018, was published by the Institute of Networked Cultures. Her philosophical essay “Frictie: Ethiek in tijden van dataisme” came out in May 2020 with the Dutch publisher De Bezige Bij. In her book, Rasch argues about the increasing influence of data, against the belief that everything that exists can be translated in terms of data. Rasch contrasts this ‘dataism’ with the concept of friction, to describe the need for distance between humans and the world in order to be able to think. She is currently a Research Coordinator at Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam.