The Media Art Speaker Series | StoryTeller in Algorithmic Times


Series Introduction

The Media & Arts Speaker series at Duke Kunshan University is a bi-weekly event that invites leading practitioners in media and arts to speak about their work and practice and engage with our DKU community.

The first short series focuses on three artist and/or curators from China who’s work can give students an understanding of the broader scope of media and arts in it’s present-day manifestation within the Chinese context.

The third Zoom lecture of this series is scheduled on Friday May 1st, 2020 at 9am (US Eastern) / 9pm (China Central) and features Beijing-based curator and researcher Iris Long. This series is organized and hosted by Prof. Vivian Xu and Prof. Benjamin Bacon, and supported by Arts and Humanities and the Humanities Research Center at Duke Kunshan.

This event is open to the public.

StoryTeller in Algorithmic Times

Friday May 1, 2020

9am (US Eastern) / 9pm (China Central)

Zoom meeting ID: 960-3278-2493

The session will be focused on curatorial and research practices on data, computation and artificial intelligence. The speaker will introduce three iterating exhibitions: “Lying Sophia & Mocking Alexa”, “De Javu” and “Mind the Deep: Artificial Intelligence and Art”, and elaborate how curatorial narratives can be inspired and interlaced with notions from the field of computation, when it comes to the curation of artworks investigating digital technologies.

Moreover, the talk explores how emerging technologies can “update” curatorial methodologies dynamically, and how a curator, when “embedded” in such techno-scene, can raise critical responses.

Iris Long

Speaker Bio

Iris Long is a writer and independent curator. She currently works as a researcher on art, science and technology at Central Academy of Fine Arts, with a research focus on how art responses to the current global reality of ubiquitous computing and big data. She lectures on data art at CAFA.

She was shortlisted by the first M21-IAAC Award (International Awards for Art Criticism). Her translation work, Rethinking Curating: Art after New Media, received nomination from AAC Art China awards in 2016. In 2018, she was the recipient of Hyundai Blue Prize for curators. In 2019 she curated “Lying Sophia and Mocking Alexa”(Hyundai Motorstudios Beijing), The Third Session of “Future of Today”: Deja Vu (Today Art Museum, Beijing) and “Mind the Deep: Artificial Intelligence and Art”(McaM, Shanghai). She co-curated the opening show of UN Art Center, “The Kind Stranger” and “Latent Landscapes”. She is also the art jury of ISEA 2019.

Her research work has been presented in “Art and Artificial Intelligence”(Open Conference, ZKM), “Korea Research Fellow”(MMCA), “Art Machines: International Symposium on Computational Media Art (ISCMA)”(Hong Kong), International Symposium on Electronic Art and Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts and ISEA.

Iris has a master degree of Critical Writing in Art and Design from the Royal College of Art, UK and a bachelor degree of Journalism and Communication from Tsinghua University, China.

Watch two 15-second clips that was produced for two of Iris’ exhibitions she will talk about:

Image Credit: Hyundai Motorstudio Beijing