SciComm Studio 020: Art, Activism & AI

Discover how activist art in the digital age is highlighting critical perspectives into technology such as AI & blockchain.

Event Details


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


November 21, 2019 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)



The rapid expansion and deployment of today’s technology often comes with unanticipated consequences. Yet, critical insights into tech are prevalent in new media art projects that push boundaries into possibilities, limits, and impacts of tech on a human, social level. Is it time for industry, policy, and research to pay attention to the digital vanguard? Can artists inspire the use of technology to elevate and illuminate crucial questions and critique new forms of power?

Hear from those working at the intersection of art, activism, AI and Decentralized Autonomous Networks as we explore what artists can reveal about new technologies, from their negative consequences to liberatory possibilities.


6:30pm — doors open
7:00pm — talks
7:50pm — q&a
8:10pm — networking
9:00pm — doors close


Primavera De Filippi

Primavera De FilippiPrimavera De Filippi is a legal scholar, Internet activist and artist, whose work focuses on blockchain technology, artificial intelligence, and copyright law. She is a permanent researcher at the CNRS in Paris, and faculty associate at Harvard, working on the legal challenges and opportunities of blockchain technology and AI. In 2010, she co-founded an artistic collective with a view to further the production of mechanical algorithms that instantiate digital concepts into the physical world. She is at the origin of the Plantoid project, a blockchain-based life-form that illustrates the notion of a Decentralized Autonomous Organisation (DAO) through a mechanical creature that is autonomous, self-sufficient and capable of reproducing itself by means of cryptocurrency.

Şerife Wong

Şerife (Sherry) WongŞerife Wong is a Turkish Hawaiian artist and founder of Icarus Salon, an art think tank researching the ethics of emerging technology. In 2019, she was a resident at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center thematic month on AI, a jury member at Ars Electronica for the European Commission’s STARTS prize, and partnered with the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University to create Fluxus Landscape, a map of 500 actors in AI ethics and governance. She was both an Artist in Residence and Impact Program Manager at Autodesk’s Pier 9, worked at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Artnet Magazine. Şerife advocates for justice in AI and pushes for more active roles for artists in academia, industry, and government. She is working on a counter-narrative AI policy observatory.

SciComm Studio

The SciComm Studio is swissnex San Francisco’s meetup for lovers of science seeking a community to experiment, explore, and connect around science communication and public engagement. Hosted at swissnex San Francisco at Pier 17, these meetups create a space for our community to cultivate science communication skills. We inspire and challenge participants excited by science to share their knowledge through storytelling and interactivity. It’s a win-win: exchange knowledge while developing your own toolkit for scientific outreach.

The Pier 17 Science Studio has support from the Exploratorium, Bay Area Science Festival, TED speakers, museum professionals and art-technology curators. The Science Studio “SciComm Studio” events take science communication out of the box and into the streets. If you find yourself involved in any area of scicomm, or if you are interested in being a part of the movement, join us for our next event!