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Neural Net Aesthetics

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Courtesy Refik Anadol Studio

On October 26, 6 p.m., Rhizome, the Museum’s digital art affiliate, presents Neural Net Aesthetics, a panel exploring Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its relationship to digital art practice. This discussion brings together artists Refik Anadol, Maya Man, and Eileen Isagon Skyers, and will be moderated by Rhizome Co-Executive Director, Michael Connor.

Neural Net Aesthetics is the latest edition of Net Aesthetics, a series of panels initiated in 2005 by Rhizome. Each of these panels has attempted to recognize new pulses in artistic practice as it relates to changing internet culture and technology. The series has included Net Aesthetics 2.0, which explored artistic responses to “web 2.0”; Post-Net Aesthetics, which helped launch a wave of interest in “postinternet art,” and NFT Aesthetics.


About the Speakers

Maya Man is an artist focused on contemporary identity culture on the internet. Her websites, generative series, and installations examine dominant narratives around femininity, authenticity, and the performance of self online. She is the creator of the browser extension Glance Back and the Art Blocks curated collection FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT. She has exhibited internationally at bitforms, NYC; SOOT, Tokyo; Verse, London; Power Station of Art, Shanghai; and Feral File, online. Her work has been featured in Art in America, Forbes, Zora Zine, Dirt, Various Artists, and more. Maya holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Computer Science and Media Studies from Pomona College and an MFA in Media Art from UCLA.

Michael Connor is Co-Executive Director of Rhizome, where he oversaw the “Net Art Anthology” initiative, an effort to retell the history of net art through 100 works, presented as an online exhibition, gallery exhibition, and book. He is also curatorial advisor for KADIST, and ArtBlocks, an NFT platform. His first online curatorial project took place in 2003 at FACT, Liverpool, where he organized an edition of the traveling exhibition “Kingdom of Piracy” with Shu Lea Cheang, Yukiko Shikata, and Armin Medosch. Connor is currently editing a book by Gene Youngblood about the work of Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz.

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