Fotomuseum Winterthur | Online Events | Wednesday, 29.11.2023, 19:00–20:00

Screen Walk with Gala Hernández López

In this Screen Walk, artist, filmmaker and researcher Gala Hernández López will discuss AI companions and automated care work through the examples of the chatbot Replika and Blush, the latest dating app developed by the same parent company. Jumping from the archives of the early chatbot ELIZA and the related 'ELIZA effect' to Roland Barthes' A Lover's Discourse: Fragments and Tiqqun's Preliminary Materials for a Theory of the Young-Girl, the Walk will critically explore gendered historical and contemporary visual representations of AI, addressing fundamental questions about the future of our intimate relationship with machines.

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.

Gala Hernández López’s work articulates interdisciplinary research with the production of essay films, video installations and performances on the new modes of subjectivation specifically produced by digital capitalism. Through a critical feminist lens she examines the discourses circulating in virtual communities, viewing them as symbolic representations of the state of our world. Her work has been shown at DOK Leipzig, Cinéma du Réel, IndieLisboa, the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival and the Salon de Montrouge, among others.

Currently she is a PhD candidate at Paris 8 University, where she is developing a research-creation project on screen capture.

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