Deep Time, Deepdream, Deepmind
video talk with Lucia Pietroiusti, curator, in the framework of the lecture series AM I AI? Into the deep of AI
Livestream. This event will NOT take place at Casino Luxembourg.
In collaboration with Charles Rouleau in the context of his project Woven in vegetal fabric: On Plant Becomings at Casino Display
With its unpredictable weather patterns and catastrophic, seismic events, climate breakdown calls forth a renewed attention to forms of vitalism – from animism and spirituality, to new materialist philosophies, to scientific research on more-than-human consciousness and Earth systems, through to resistances to settler-colonial epistemologies.
Meanwhile, machine dreams and the horizon of artificial consciousness flood popular imagination and narrative alike, in an uncanny appearance of late-capitalist surveillance in the collective unconscious. In this lecture, curator Lucia Pietroiusti will reflect on dreams (terrified imaginaries, uncanny recognitions, alternative possibilities) in a more-than-human context, and the cultural forms – from visual art, to poetry, to myth – that have held these paradigms of the imagination across deep time and continue to do so.
Extended reading list:
• Dipesh Chakrabarty, The Climate of History in a Planetary Age (University of Chicago Press, 2021)
• Amitav Ghosh, The Nutmeg’s Curse: Parables for a Planet in Crisis (University of Chicago Press, 2021)
• K Allado-McDowell & Ben Vickers (Eds.), Atlas of Anomalous AI (Ignota Books, 2020)
• Kate Crawford, Atlas of AI (Yale University Press, 2021)
• Alenda Y. Chang, Playing Nature: Ecology in Video Games (University of Minnesota Press, 2019)
• Eduardo Kohn, How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human (University of California Press, 2014)
• Monica Gagliano, Thus Spoke the Plant (North Atlantic Books, 2018)
• Andrés Jaque, Marina Otero Verzier & Lucia Pietroiusti (Eds.), More-than-Human (Manifesta/Serpentine/Het Nieuwe Instituut, 2019)
Lucia Pietroiusti is a curator working at the intersection of art, ecology and systems, usually outside of the gallery format.
She is the founder of the General Ecology project at Serpentine, London – a strategic, cross-organisational effort dedicated to the implementation of ecological principles throughout the Galleries’ public-facing programmes, internal infrastructure, and networks; and is currently developing the Institute for General Ecology as a distributed, independent organisation. Pietroiusti is the curator of Sun & Sea (Marina) by Rugile Barzdziukaite, Vaiva Grainyte and Lina Lapelyte, the Lithuanian Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia (and 2020-2022 international tour). She is the curator of the second edition of POWER NIGHT at E-Werk Luckenwalde, titled Being Mothers, in 2021/2022. Together with Filipa Ramos, she will be the curator of the 8th Biennale Gherdeïna, Persons Persone Personen, in May 2022.