At The Centre for Advanced Internet Studies in Bochum, Germany I reconnected with Renée Ridgway Art in Artificial Intelligence. Renée curated a workshop on dialogue systems and personal assistants, from a critical and open-source perspective. It was immensely useful to take this tangential perspective toward something I'm deeply engrossed with at the moment. I believe the challenges of this workshop will reverberate through my work over the next few years.

Workshop Description

From : What is the Art in Artificial Intelligence? brings together a group of international researchers in an open and experimental format that explores the ‘future of search’ with an opensource personal assistant With hands-on interaction and a ‘behind the scenes’ in-depth analysis by Michael Christen, along with the interests and expertise of the participants, the event will focus on teaching ‘art’ to artificial intelligence – contributing content to SUSI’s library of potential answers so that it could ‘learn’.

The event also intends to investigate some of the consequences of feeding and training AI concerning digital labour and gender bias with Personal Assistants along with ‘surveillance activities’ in the home and office. Besides linguistic understanding, ethics of AI will also be explored regarding questions of teaching AI and ways in which AI could be trained differently.


Michael Christen, Vladan Joler, Associate Professor and Chair of New Media, University Novi Sad, Serbia Daphne Dragona, Independent curator and writer (Berlin) Luis Rodil-Fernandez, ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem and Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences in the Masters of Digital Design Eric Snodgrass, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Design, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Linnaeus University, Sweden Rosemary Lee, Artist and PhD fellow at the IT-University of Copenhagen Mace Ojala, Research Assistant, IT University of Copenhagen and at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark Ben Burtenshaw, PhD fellow in Computational Linguistics and Natural Language Generation at The University of Antwerp Hrvoje Hiršl, Artist and Researcher at Donau-Universität Krems, Austria