Medium Hot: Protest as White Noise considers how in the last decade documentary cell phone imagery spawned protest and mass movements–to ask what happens when these images become raw material for derivative extraction by so-called AI models?
Medium Hot: Protest as White Noise
Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event is cancelled.
This is part of the Protest and Performance: A Way of Life program
What happens when any kind of digitally circulated image or information becomes training data for Machine Learning-based image generation? In the last decade documentary cell phone imagery spawned protest and mass movements. How does this relation change, when any image becomes a raw material for derivative extraction by so-called AI models? As financialization reaches the core of ML based image generation, protest is still unevenly diffused through platforms, but it also turns - as in the writers and actors strike - against platform based derivative extraction.
Steyerl will present a new lecture Medium Hot: Protest as White Noise, live streamed into the Hub space from Berlin, followed by a conversation with curators Defne Ayas and Kathy Noble.
About Hito Steyerl
Hito Steyerl (b. 1966, Munich) is a German filmmaker and writer, and lives in Berlin.
Protest and Performance: A Way of Life is supported by the Ford Foundation and as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.
Senior Program Advisor and Curator at Large: Defne Ayas
Senior Curator: Kathy Noble
Hartwig Art Foundation Curatorial Fellow: Sakhi Gcina
Performa Biennial 2023 Baltic Fellow: Tina Petersone