Guest Lecture: Caroline Sinders • Research Driven Art

Interface Cultures Invited Lectures Series
special series on Critical Data


Caroline Sinders // Research Driven Art
Wednesday, 16th of December, 2020 // 12:00 – 13:15
ONLINE via Microsoft Teams

Caroline Sinders is an artist and researcher exploring how new kinds of data sets (including emotional data, traumatic data, and political data) can affect algorithms. How can these outputs be actualized as an art piece? Can the creation of a data set help create equity in digital spaces? Her work explores the intersections of critical design, data, and AI as art and uses design and usefulness as metaphors and tools to create human rights focused art.
This talk will explore the methodology she created to guide both her art and research practice which she calls “research driven art”. Inspired by photojournalism, critical design, and open source software, research driven art is a process driven artistic methodology focusing on question-answering and question-exploring, and how a research process can be an artistic practice as well as an artistic output.

Caroline Sinders is a machine-learning-design researcher and artist. For the past few years, she has been examining the intersections of natural language processing, artificial intelligence, abuse, online harassment, and politics in digital, conversational spaces. Sinders is the founder of Convocation Design + Research, an agency focusing on the intersections of machine learning, user research, designing for public good, and solving difficult communication problems. As a designer and researcher, she has worked with Amnesty International, Intel, IBM Watson, the Wikimedia Foundation, and others. Currently, she is a fellow with Ars Electronica AI Lab with the Edinburgh Futures Institute and a visiting fellow with the Weizenbaum Institute looking at labor and systems in AI and platforms.
Sinders has held fellowships with the Harvard Kennedy School, the Mozilla Foundation, Pioneer Works, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Eyebeam, STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, and the International Center of Photography. Her work has been featured in the Tate Exchange in Tate Modern, Victoria and Albert Museum, MoMA PS1, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Slate, Quartz, and the Channels Festival as well as others. Sinders holds a Masters from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.

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