Opening Night: An Eye Unruled

Join us to celebrate an opening night of collaborations between artists and machines creating imaginary worlds.

The first selfie on Mars, by the Mars Rover robot. Photo CC0 JPL/NASA

Event Details


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


July 12, 2019 from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)


$10 - $15

Join us to celebrate the opening night of the exhibition, ‘An Eye Unruled’ — which investigates emerging forms of representation that challenge traditional authorship, revealing the entangled relationship between computational and human vision. It is presented by Fotomuseum Winterthur and swissnex San Francisco.

From neural networks that hallucinate creatures or generate pixel-perfect portraits of non-existing people, to Instagram selfies of self-proclaimed CGI-robots, An Eye Unruled explores the possible universes envisioned by the post-human eye.  

Moving away from the idea of photography as a way to replicate the retina and as objective proof, this exhibition presents five screen-based works created as collaborations between Machines and Artists from the US and Switzerland. Gene Kogan, Simone C Niquille, Maria Guta, Dominique Koch, and Pinar Yoldas give us an insight into automatic cognitive methods and show us different ways to include processes of machine learning in an artistic practice. They explore how human and non-human agents merge to create alternative imaginary worlds and new ways of seeing.


6:30pm — doors open
7:00pm — welcome and exhibition walkthrough
8:00pm —  robotronics bar
10:00pm — doors close

“Machine, Myself & I” Workshop

July 12 — The opening is followed by a workshop with artists, scientists, and technologists to explore the rising role of artificial intelligence in creating our visual culture. More information at Machine, Myself & I. If you would like to take part, please apply.


This program is presented in partnership with the #SwissTouch Campaign of Presence Switzerland, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Création Baumann, the Canton de Vaud (DGES), the University of Lausanne, and Maison d’Ailleurs. The entire program was developed in collaboration with the Fotomuseum Winterthur, a leading Swiss institution for the presentation and discussion of photography and visual culture. The partner for bench coverings and curtains is Création Baumann, with its internationally renowned Swiss textile label.

Photo: The first selfie on Mars, created by the Mars Rover robot in 2019. Photo CC-0 by NASA/JPL. 

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