Inner Studio

Artificial Lives: Virtual Conference

Date: 
Thu., Jan. 21, 2021
8 a.m.–12 p.m.
Category: 
Conferences
Location: 
Huntington Zoom Event
Event Notes: 
Free with reservation
Add to Calendar 01/21/2021 08:00 AM 01/21/2021 12:00 PM America/Los_Angeles Artificial Lives: Virtual Conference Visit page - https://www.huntington.org/artificial-lives The Huntington - Huntington Zoom Event
 

This two-day multi-disciplinary conference explores the conjunction of forces shaping the contemporary production of life. New medical technologies, digital communication, and climate emergencies have produced novel forms of artificial life and generated radical new definitions of life itself. This program will bring together practitioners, critics, and theorists to explore the futures of these artificial lives and ask how we might draw from our various archives to prepare for them.

Papers will be pre-circulated to all those who have registered for the conference by noon PST on Friday, Jan. 15.

Conference Schedule

THURSDAY, JAN 21

8 a.m. (PST)- Welcome and Introduction: Steve Hindle, The Huntington
Sherryl Vint, University of California, Riverside (Convener)
Peter Boxall, University of Sussex (Convener)

8:15 a.m. (PST)- Session 1: Artifice as Concept

Samantha Frost, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
“‘The life by which I live’: Reconfiguring the Relationship between Body and Environment”

Syros Papapetros, Princeton University
“Building Lives: Shelter, Tool, and Automatism in Frederick Kiesler’s Magic Architecture”

Zakiyyah Iman Jackson, University of Southern California
“Aesthetic Architectures of the Flesh”

9:45 a.m. (PST) Break

10:15 (PST)- Session 2: Human-Machine Assemblages

N. Katherine Hayles, Duke University “How to Create an Artificial Subjectivity: From Robot Dog to Robot Warrior in Annalee Nemitz's Autonomous”

Jennifer Rhee, Virginia Commonwealth University “Drone Warfare, Drone Art, and the Perils of Algorithmic Identification”

Kalindi Vora, University of California, Davis “Feminist AI”

11:45 (PST)- Closing Remarks

FRIDAY, JAN. 22

8:00 a.m. (PST)- Opening Remarks: 
Sherryl Vint, University of California, Riverside (Convener) 
Peter Boxall, University of Sussex (Convener)

8:15 a.m. (PST)- Session 3: Interspecies Entanglements

Lesley A. Sharp, Barnard College, Columbia University
“The Mechanized Calf: Scientific Artifice and Bovine Alterities”

Lorenzo Servitje, Lehigh University
“The Not-So-Strange Afterlife of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in Antibiotic Discourse”

David Hering, University of Liverpool
“The Corporate Thylacine: Creating Fictions of Extinction and Artificial Resurrection”

9:45 a.m. (PST)- Break

10:15 a.m. (PST)- Plenary Panel Discussion
Moderators: Sherryl Vint, University of California, Riverside (Convener); Peter Boxall, University of Sussex (Convener)

11:45 a.m. (PST)- Closing Remarks