Is Artificial Intelligence the demise or the answer to providing visibility to the work of women and marginalized audiovisual creators? This panel addresses the opportunities and the risks behind the algorithms targeting audiences and shaping content distribution on streaming platforms and the internet. Co-curated by the SWAN Swiss Women’s Audiovisual Network, and the Geneva International Film Festival, and presented in collaboration with swissnex San Francisco, it aims to confront perspectives and experiences on the nature of the relationship AI maintains with equality, diversity and justice in a creative sector, tentatively answering the following question: can AI bridge the Gender Gap and how?
Lauren Huret will share her perspective and insights into how women can gain back their decision-making power in the tech industry and contribute to making it a creative and environmentally friendly space. Lauren will share her work which seeks to expose the myth of AI as totally automated and highlight the workers behind the scenes.
This event is part of swissnex San Francisco’s launch of a year long residency with artist Lauren Huret, which culminates in 2021 with an exhibition. During this week, we investigate the ideas raised by Lauren’s work, that of the content moderator, and of the impact of technology on individuals and society. This event is organized in the scope of the Geneva Digital Market, the professional program of the Geneva International Film Festival.
09:30am — Discussion with Lauren Huret, Visual Artist, Emilia Roig, PhD in Political Science, and Ladan Pooyan-Weihs, PhD and Diversity Officer at the Department of Information Technology at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts moderated by Maike Thies, Research Fellow at the Bachelor Specialization of the Subject Area in Game Design at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)
11:00am — Conclusion
06:30pm — Discussion with Lauren Huret, Visual Artist, Emilia Roig, PhD in Political Science, and Ladan Pooyan-Weihs, PhD and Diversity Officer at the Department of Information Technology at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts moderated by Maike Thies, Research Fellow at the Bachelor Specialization of the Subject Area in Game Design at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)
08:00pm — Conclusion
Emilia Roig, PhD
Dr. Emilia Roig is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Intersectional Justice (CIJ), a Berlin-based organization combatting intersecting forms of inequality and discrimination in Europe. She is faculty member of the Social Justice Study Abroad Program of DePaul University of Chicago and has taught graduate and post-graduate courses on Intersectionality Theory, Postcolonial Studies, Critical Race Theory and International and European Law. From 2007 to 2010, she worked extensively on Human Rights issues at the UN and other international organisations in Tanzania, Kenya and Cambodia.
Ladan Pooyan-Weihs, PhD
Ladan Pooyan-Weihs is lecturer and diversity officer at the Department of Information Technology of Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Her main area of interdisciplinary research is digital transformation and its related ethical aspects, chances and challenges in the society and workplace. Due to her background in computer science and cryptography, she is particularly interested in the Blockchain technology and its potential applications in the digitized world. She is convinced that the women in computer science can hugely contribute to the digital sustainability and digital ethics according to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations in general and in particular in the SW-development based on ethical aspects.
Lauren Huret is a Geneva-based artist. Her visual work as well as her research, comprising mainly videos, installations and performances, seeks to highlight the dynamics of belief and adhesion produced by our technical and media devices. Her work has been shown in numerous institutions and art spaces internationally. She has published five books to date, including Artificial Fear, Intelligence of Death (Link, co-published by Kunsthaus Langenthal, April 2016), L’âge des techniciens (with Pacôme Thiellement, Clinamen, June 2017) and Praying for my Haters (CCS Paris, February 2019).
Maike Thies is a Research Fellow at the Bachelor Specialization of the Subject Area in Game Design at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), where she curates and coordinates the interdisciplinary lecture series Kein Kino at the Toni Kino (ZHdK) focusing on New Realities. She is passionate about bridging Game Design and Emerging Technologies with other disciplines to explore new fields of action. Her research activities focus on Interactive Theatre, Narrative Spaces, Immersive Arts and Design Trends. She is Co-Head of REFRESH, an interdisciplinary, international festival/conference initiated by the Department Design and the Immersive Arts Space of Zurich University of the Arts and dedicated to Immersive Arts and the Future of Design.