The UVM Art + Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Group is engaged in an ethnographic study of artificial intelligence; we interrogate its tools. We consider machine learning a domain of artistic and artificial production and our studio work occupies its social and computational space.
Concerned with the histories and futures of human-machine relationships, our research seeks to unearth aesthetic, social, material, ethical and cultural constitutions deep within machine learning’s black box. Tracing crescents that flow from creation to collapse and rooted in evolutions of rational and irrational computations, the artworks we produce are corporeal artifacts extracted from a dense lattice of super-computer and organic flesh.
Founded in 2020 by artist Jenn Karson, the core goal of the group is to ensure that A.I. models and emerging technologies best serve humanity and the natural world. The group’s work began and continues with artist-made datasets that trace machine learning systems and reveal the workings of black-boxed algorithms. The group’s artworks and art practice intend to inform public dialog and empower citizens to engage in crucial conversations about emerging technologies’ current and future impacts on our daily lives.