AI TRAPS meetup: AI Threats on Queer Bodies

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What we'll do

Part of the DNL Activation programme

We are excited that XEN, the XenoEntities Network community, joins us for the meetup that anticipates the next Disruption Network Lab event AI Traps: Automating Discrimination (14-15 June 2019, Studio 1, Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien – In this next conference we take a close look at how AI & algorithms reinforce prejudices and biases of its human creators and societies, and how to fight discrimination.

Tonight, XEN will warm up this discussion with a focus on AI Threats on Queer Bodies: Computational Gaze and Toxic Normalization.

XenoEntities Network (XEN) is a platform for discussion and experimentation focusing on intersections of queer, gender, and feminist studies with digital technologies, organized by Lou Drago, Pedro Marum, and Zander Porter. The XEN-curated programs comprise events with performances, screenings, and panels. Programs revolve around contemporary art and philosophical-theoretical themes such as posthumanism, xenofeminism, cyborgs and prosthetics, surveillance technologies, and virtual reality, amongst others.

AI Threats on Queer Bodies: Computational Gaze and Toxic Normalization

In an era of increasing digital-surveillance and info-militarism, we realise that the targets of certain oppressive gazes are not only state-proclaimed criminals but also all citizens: all potential deviants to the state order.

From CCTV, drones, border checks, and police raids, the immense dragnet of surveillance extends to even more intimate mechanisms, collecting data and metadata from personal emails, social media, and clouds. With the latest technologies of biometric surveillance and dataveillance, our physical and virtual bodies have become rich pools for data-mining. Yet, under mechanic scrutiny, surveillance has a normative effect on how bodies should look in order to distinguish the “citizen” from the “terrorist” and the “normal” from the “deviant”, an algorithmic supremacy that perpetuates ableism, classism, homophobia, sexism, racism, and transphobia.

It is easy to succumb to feelings of disempowerment and paralysis. How do we deal with these mechanisms of oppression?

In the open and fluid format of this meetup we will look into artists, hacktivists and theorists who deal with AI technologies, how they are used as forms of governance and control and speculate on strategies of counteraction. We will meditate on communal practices of disruption and contamination of a voracious system that feeds on biometric data in order to regulate, police, criminalise those who do no conform to the binary-constructed reality seen by algorithms. Our world is a world of absolute indeterminacy, our bodies are radically deviant, a deviance that cannot be eviscerated by data capture. Rather than "opt out", we must think of staying with the trouble as a queer radical practice.

Pedro Marum and Steph Holl-Trieu will mediate this open conversation. You are warmly invited to join us and share your thoughts: please bring materials, ideas, questions or concerns you would like to discuss.

Program - starting from 19:00:

- Introduction to next Disruption Network Lab event ‘AI TRAPS: Automating Discrimination’

- Introduction to the XenoEntities Network (XEN)

- AI Threats on Queer Bodies: Computational Gaze and Toxic Normalization: open conversation mediated by Pedro Marum and Steph Holl-Trieu

- Drinks and networking

Our meetups take place at STATE Studio, a public gallery, showroom and event space in Berlin-Schöneberg. It’s a place for creative synergies between science, art, and innovation to discover and explore the breakthrough developments that shape our future.

The Disruption Network Lab Activation program is kindly supported by the Guerilla Foundation -