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Pharmako-AI US Book Launch

Refik Anadol, Machine Hallucinations : Nature, 2020. Latent Space Study of 68,986,479 million images.

Event description below:

Gray Area hosts a special event celebrating the US publication of Pharmako-AI, published by Ignota Books. Join K Allado-McDowell, Refik Anadol, Dorothy R. Santos and Elvia Wilk to launch the first book to be co-created with the emergent AI GPT-3.

In this event, Refik Anadol and K Allado-McDowell present a performance of machine hallucinations, floating heads and sound, followed by a conversation with Dorothy R. Santos and Elvia Wilk.

During the first summer of the coronavirus pandemic, K Allado-McDowell out of curiosity fed a diary entry to GPT-3. This was the beginning of a remarkable conversation that unfolded into a labyrinthine exploration of memory, language and the nature of the universe.

In the isolation of lockdown, Allado-McDowell wrote to the AI in a trance-like state over the course of a fortnight. As the author and the machine rapidly became mirrors of each other, age-old questions about human existence became a lived experience for the interlocutors. What is the nature of human consciousness? How and why did we invent language? How is reality constructed? Pharmako-AI is a hallucinatory journey into selfhood, ecology and intelligence via cyberpunk, ancestry and the Californian dream.

Through a writing process akin to musical improvisation, Allado-McDowell and GPT-3 together offer a fractal poetics of AI and a glimpse into the future of literature. Pharmako-AI reimagines cybernetics for a world facing multiple crises, with profound implications for how we see ourselves, nature and technology in the 21st century.

Registration link: https://grayarea.org/event/pharmako-ai/

By Dorothy R. Santos

Dorothy R. Santos (b. 1978) is a Filipina American writer, artist, and educator whose academic and research interests include feminist media histories, critical medical anthropology, technology, race, and ethics. She is a Ph.D. student in Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz as a Eugene V. Cota-Robles fellow. She received her Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts and holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco. Her work as been exhibited at Ars Electronica, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the GLBT Historical Society.

Her writing appears in art21, Art in America, Ars Technica, Hyperallergic, Rhizome, Vice Motherboard, and SF MOMA’s Open Space. Her essay “Materiality to Machines: Manufacturing the Organic and Hypotheses for Future Imaginings,” was published in The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture. She is a co-founder of REFRESH, a politically-engaged art and curatorial collective and serves as the Executive Director for the Processing Foundation.

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