Organized in collaboration with Eyebeam, VISION AND TECHNOLOGY: toward a more just future addresses the implications of visuality, representation, and privacy in the age of surveillance and big data. This public symposium, hosted at the Knockdown Center, convenes artists, technologists, and scholars to explore the following questions:

  • How do artists and creative technologists respond to, or intervene in, new technologies to create more equitable ways of seeing and sharing information?
  • How does technology facilitate both democratized representation and privacy?
  • How can we build toward just futures for our human and post-human selves?


9:30–10 AM
Breakfast and Introductory Remarks

10–10:30 AM
Machine Bias and Algorithmic Justice
A dialogue between Surya Mattu and Mimi Onuoha

10:30–11:30 AM
How to Hide
An exploration of privacy and obfuscation tactics with Harlo HolmesHarris Kornstein, and Sarah Aoun

11:45 AM–12:45 PM
How to Be Seen
A conversation on representation, interfaces, and our cyborg selves with American Artist, Tonia B******, Stephanie Dinkins, and Nora Khan

12:45–2 PM
Food and fun provided

2–3 PM
Poetic Operations: Algorithmic Analysis for Trans of Color Poetics
A keynote address, delivered by new media artist and theorist micha cárdenas

3:15–4:15 PM
How to See
A meditation on virtual and social ways of visualizing realities and paying attention, with Morehshin Allahyari, Chloë Bass, Ramsey Nasser, and Reya Sehgal

4:30–5:30 PM
How to Build
A conversation on organizing tactics in a digital world with Caroline Woolard, Ari Melenciano, and Salome Asega

Symposium attendees are invited to join us for an after party at Eyebeam (199 Cook St., Brooklyn, NY—about 15 minutes from the symposium location via the B57 bus):

Eyebeam Assembly: AFTERCARE
Presented with Topical Cream and ICP
6–9:30 PM

This post-symposium party celebrates femme-centered futures, with performances, installations, and vibes curated by Topical Cream.

About Our Partners

Eyebeam, founded in 1998, was the very first critical space of its kind: a place to think creatively about how technology was transforming our society. Eyebeam has given time, spacen and money to artists whose work has shaped our world—including the first-ever social sharing tool ReBlog, electronic toys startup littleBits, and the pioneering net art of Cory Arcangel. Eyebeam aims to ensure artists become central in the invention and design of our shared future. Everything is guided by a focus on Eyebeam’s core values: openness, invention, and justice.

Topical Cream is a 501(c)3 nonprofit covering women, femmes, and gender-nonconforming individuals in contemporary art. Since 2013, the New York–based platform has supported a community of artists, writers, designers, and technologists through digital publishing and public programming initiatives.

Knockdown Center is an art and performance space dedicated to cross-disciplinary projects and collaborations.

ICP’s Center for Visual Culture and accompanying programs have been made possible through the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional support for public programs has been provided by The Bern Schwartz Family Foundation, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
TOP IMAGE: No State, 2018. Courtesy American Artist and Housing.