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Collective Intelligence: Featuring Agnieszka Kurant, Stefan Helmreich, Adam Haar Horowitz and Caroline Jones

Thursday, September 27, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Agnieszka Kurant's floating stone art called "Air Rights"
Agnieszka Kurant's floating stone art called "Air Rights"
“Air Rights,” 2014, Agnieszka Kurant. Electromagnets, wood, foam, powdered stone, pigments. Fabrication by Krzysztof Smaga. Photo: Jean Vong.

CAST Visiting Artist Agnieszka Kurant joins Stefan Helmreich, professor of Anthropology; Caroline Jones, professor of History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art; and Adam Haar Horowitz, master’s student and research assistant in the Fluid Interfaces Group, to discuss the idea of collective intelligence in relation to emerging technology, artistic inquiry, and social and cultural movements.

Kurant will reflect on outsourcing her artworks to human and non-human collective intelligence and the system of profit-sharing she has created, artworks as complex systems or collective tamagotchis emulating life, and the observable evolution of individual authorship, culture, nature, labor and society. Haar Horowitz will touch on the collective in relationship to experience research in the neurosciences and experience production in the arts. Helmreich will discuss metaphors of collective human action derived from physics, computer science, animal worlds, and fluid dynamics, and will reflect on the politics of these framings. Jones will address the curious invocation of “intelligence” in discussions of aggregated agency, with specific reference to the so-named “mobile brain” or “immune brain” of the distributed system (mostly outside the cranium) that learns, remembers, and teaches, negotiating between tolerance and threat in relation to xeno-bacteria.

The panel will be moderated by Nick Montfort, professor of Comparative Media Studies/Writing.


Thursday, September 27, 2018
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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MIT Building 56, Room 114
Access via 21 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States


MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology
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