ALGORITHMS AND FINANCIAL SPECULATION
Location: ALGORITHMS AND FINANCIAL SPECULATION
Advanced algorithms such as highfrequency trading have radically changed the socio-economic and technological structure of financial markets. This panel will put into context how financial markets have been created, governed and manipulated from the tulip mania in the 17th century to today’s algorithm-driven decision-making and speculation.
Anna Ridler― Speaker
Anna Ridler is an artist and researcher who lives and works in London. She has degrees from the Royal College of Art, Oxford University, University of Arts London and have shown at a variety of cultural institutions and galleries including Ars Electronica, Sheffield Documentary Festival, Leverhulme Centre for Future Intelligence, Tate Modern and the V&A. She 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 is 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 to an audience. She is currently working with and researching the creative potential of machine learning, and how it relates to drawing and painting.
Demystification Committee― Speaker
The Demystification Committee investigates deep systems of power that shape contemporary society through the study of platforms, legal frameworks, machines and networks, and the production of visual and sound work. The practice currently focuses on the toxic relationship between sovereignty and capital. And on the friction between communication networks and infrastructures of power. The systems that the Demystification Committee investigates produce large amounts of noise. Adapting to ever-changing scales and speeds in order to identify and amplify such noise across technical, legal and physical boundaries, the Committee seeks alternative narratives to the promises and myths of late capitalism. The Demystification Committee was established in 2016 and is chaired from London, UK and Berlin, DE.
Inger Leemans― Speaker
Inger Leemans is Professor of Cultural History & director of the VU Graduate School of Humanities. Her research focuses on early modern cultural history (1500-1850), with special attention for the history of emotions and the body, cultural economy, history of knowledge and digital humanities. She has published about the history of pornography, (radical) Enlightenment, cultural infrastructure and translation machinery. At this moment Inger Leemans is researching the history of stock trade & the cultural imagination of financial crises.
Luba Elliott― Moderator
Luba Elliott is a curator and researcher specialising in artificial intelligence in the creative industries. She works to engage the broader public about the latest developments in creative AI through monthly meet-ups. talks, workshop and exhibitions at venues including The Photographers' Gallery, NIPS Conference, MIT Technology Review and Google