Platform for Research through the Arts and Sciences

On the occasion of the Amsterdam premiere of GHOST, a collaborative performance co-created with AI, the ARIAS Artificial Worlds Group was proud to host “Ghosts in the Machine”, a symposium to reflect on the role of AI in the arts and research.

In this afternoon, artists and researchers gathered at Zone2Source to reflect on how AI is changing theoundaries of creative expression and the impact that the technology is having on the worlds of arts, research and education. 


Organised around two round tables, we brought people together who operate at the intersection of theory and practice. At the end of the evening, we enjoyed a special performance of the music from GHOST | Asa Horvitz.


By Mariana Fernandez Mora 

What happens when Machines speak back? And, who is listening?

Dear Machines is a collaborative text that elaborates on the idea of AI as a companion, a collaborator rather than an instrument. Drawing from indigenous ontologies and the writings of Suzanne Kite, Bruno Latour and Donna Haraway, this work expands on the notion of the cyborg, separating it from the shared imaginary of a physical blend of human and machine, and rather understanding it as the interdependence of one another, a hybrid of knowledge and culture. Exploring the value of seeing AI as a companion, a mediator of knowledge rather than a tool and its potential as a disruptor of structure, a glitch in our understanding of what it means to be human.

This experimental thesis explores how technology is changing and challenging the way we communicate, the way we determine intelligence and, in consequence, how knowledge is created and who is knowledgeable.