Machine, Myself & I

A workshop bringing artists, scientists, and technologists together to explore the impact of machine learning and AI on our visual culture.

Image by Dr. Pinar Yoldas

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
Pier 17, Suite 800, San Francisco, California 94111 United States


July 12, 2019 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-07:00)


Invitation only — apply to attend.

We are continuously adapting to technology as technology is adapting to us. Neural networks, apps, VR devices, and social media are transforming how we experience ourselves today — and how we are seen through the digital lens. The rise of artificial intelligence changes our visual culture, humans turn into networked subjects, virtual avatars become social media influencers.

The “Machine, Myself and I” workshop will unpack the ways in which technology is enhancing, reinventing, and changing virtual representations of human life. How can we understand images that arrive from non-human intelligence? Is a photograph something else when it is made of data beyond points of light and color? As we feed our human agency into the human-machine feedback loop, what can these machines reveal about unconscious worlds, latent desires, and subliminal perceptions — those within ourselves, but also the machines?

This event is part of the exhibition ‘An Eye Unruled’ – organized by swissnex San Francisco and Fotomuseum Winterthur. The workshop is for creatives, scientists, and technologists to explore our visual culture and emergent futures.

Places are limited. If you would like to take part, please apply by July 5.


10:00am introduction An overview of the day.
10:15am tutorial Presentations from artists collaborating with machines.
12:00pm lunch Lunch will be provided.
1:00pm analysis  How avatars and neural networks define our visual culture and society.
2:00pm outlook Speculation on the future: where these changes might lead us.
3:30pm conclusion Connecting different perspectives on the phenomenon.
4:00pm reception The reception provides drinks to reflect on the day together.


Presentations TBA. 

Fotomuseum Winterthur

The Swiss Institution, based in Winterthur, is a leading institution for the presentation and discussion of photography and visual culture. From established names to emerging talents, the photographic works they address contemporary issues while forging a link between the history of photography and its future.

LifeCycle Series

This exhibition is part of our year-long LifeCycle series, which brings together artists, researchers, scientists and others to pose crucial questions about the future of creation, life, and death. The LifeCycle series poses challenging questions about where we want tech to take us: not only looking at what is possible today, but also how we can be responsible stewards of our emerging cyber-organic future.

Header image: From The Kitty AI: Artificial Intelligence for Governance by Dr. Pinar Yoldas.