Victoria Vesna

Victoria Vesna (speaking at SCM on January 14th 2016) spoke about how researchers have found that bird-song network communication patterns are similar in rhythm to human communication networks (they talk and speed up and go silent at similar intervals).  She also emphasized the influence of complexity theory and artificial life on her art practice. From the use of Spectrograms (1950) to recent automated classification, she foresees the rise of autonomous art systems. She also mentions the idea of an autonomous artificial intelligence emerging on the Internet (also see, Out of Control [1995] by Kevin Kelly “a glorious network culture, a remarkable hivelike being.” ).

Vesna’s ambitious interdisciplinary project Bird Song Diamond involves networks dynamics at many levels from the biological, technological to the social.


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