Love and Algorithms
With: Roanne van Voorst and Jonas Lund
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 (read more about One on One +1 here).
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.
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.
Peter-Paul Verbeek― Speaker
Peter-Paul Verbeek is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy of Technology at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Twente. He is chair of the Philosophy of Human-Technology Relations research group and co-director of the DesignLab of the University of Twente. He is also honorary professor of Techno-Anthropology at Aalborg University, Denmark. His research focuses on the philosophy of human-technology relations, and aims to contribute to philosophical theory, ethical reflection, and practices of design and innovation.