Fotomuseum Winterthur | Online Events | Wednesday, 21.02.2024, 19:00–20:00

Screen Walk with Sunny Attias

In a world increasingly mediated through generative AI it has never been so vital to illuminate and grasp the processes that make up its intelligence. With platforms such as Google and Microsoft experimenting with embedding diffusion models directly into their search engines and the frenetic dispersal of AI generated images over social media, it becomes difficult to imagine a future where much of our online activity isn’t touched by the hand of AI. In light of this, Sunny Attias will delve into the opaque nature of photographic truth, combining the regurgitative nature of diffusion models with the spread of conspiracy theories on the internet. Half tutorial, half collective workshop, this Screen Walk will show the audience how to fine-tune an existing generative AI model by collectively submitting images for its training.

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.

The event is free and takes place on Zoom. Details on how to access the talk will be confirmed upon registration. REGISTER HERE.

Sunny Attias is an artist working within the expanded field photography, including computer-generated image-making practices, sculptural photography and filmmaking. His work is rooted in the exploration of materiality, space, and semiotics in physical and digital space, and his current research revolves around applying theories of the photographic image to the encoding and decoding of video game images. After acquiring a BA in fine arts in London, he is currently completing an MA in photography at ECAL in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he is extending his practice through use of AI and computer-generated image-making technologies, combined with traditional forms of photography.

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