Fotomuseum Winterthur | Online Events | Wednesday, 04.10.2023, 19:00–20:00

Screen Walk with Estampa

In this Screen Walk, the collective Estampa will open the computer they currently use to develop AI projects and invite the audience to join them in exploring the machine’s inner workings. The walk will offer a tour behind the scenes of their work, revealing some of the processes and tools used by the collective to work with machine learning locally, rather than employing online platforms. It will also be a journey through time and recent AI history, as the timeframe of Estampa's projects covers six years in which several techniques have changed and evolved in the field. During the walk both old and recent neural networks will be used to generate images or text and a computer vision tool will search through 600,000 images stored in their hard drive, experimenting with randomness and reflecting upon the medium of AI.

In Screen Walks, a series of live-streamed explorations of digital spaces, selected artists and researchers investigate artistic strategies taking place online. The project gives an insight into practices using the screen as a medium. From re-contextualising pictures found on online marketplaces and uncovering data brokers’ invisible circulation of images to analysing in-game photography and the social, political and economic implications of games – Screen Walks examines various approaches, offers a behind-the-scenes look at artists’ work and uncovers new, current and forgotten digital spaces. Screen Walks is a collaboration between The Photographers’ Gallery in London and Fotomuseum Winterthur.

Estampa is a collective of programmers, filmmakers and researchers whose practice is based on a critical and archaeological approach to audiovisual and digital technologies. Since 2017 they have been developing a significant body of work focused on the uses and ideologies of AI, an interest that began with a project programmatically titled The Bad Pupil. Critical Pedagogy for Artificial Intelligences (2017–2018). This work has been followed by more than twenty research projects, installations, performances or films, which can be consulted on their website.

Screen Walks has launched a subscription model called Folders. Via a personal folder, subscribers receive access to exclusive content such as digital artworks by the artists participating in Screen Walks. Subscribe to Folders!

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