As part of the symposium “The Only Lasting Truth is Change” 2023, BEK invites creative practitioners to the “Dreaming with Nonhumans and AI Workshop” led by Lakota artist, composer and academic Dr. Suzanne Kite.
The “Dreaming with Nonhumans and AI Workshop” is a two-day workshop exploring the concept of collaborating with AI as nonhuman entities. Participants will delve into their own hallucinations, dreams, and visions as sources of artwork and thought. Attendees are encouraged to bring their preferred creative mediums, tools, and instruments to engage in lectures, discussions, and practical exercises. Additionally, the workshop offers overnight dreaming prompts to further explore the subconscious.
Dr. Suzanne Kite investigates our current and future relationships to nonhumans, especially to technology and artificial intelligence. Humans are already surrounded by objects which are not understood to be intelligent or even alive, and seen as unworthy of relations. How can humanity create a future with relations between technology or artificial intelligence and humans without an ethical-ontological orientation with which to understand what is worthy of relation and what is not? In order to create relations with any nonhuman entity, not just entities which seem human, the first steps are to acknowledge, understand, and know that the nonhuman are ‘being’ in the first place. Indigenous ontologies already exist to understand forms of ‘being’ which are outside of humanity.
This workshop provides a unique opportunity to investigate the intersection of human creativity and technology, opening doors to novel possibilities and perspectives within human creation.
The workshop will consist of two sessions and take place at BEK. It is free and will be held in English. The workshop is now fully booked.
Dates: 2 and 3 December 14:00-16:00.
Kite (Dr. Suzanne Kite) is an award winning Oglála Lakȟóta performance artist, visual artist, composer and academic, known for her sound and video performance with her machine learning hair-braid interface. Kite’s scholarship and practice explore contemporary Lakota ontologies through research-creation, computational media, and performance. Kite often works in collaboration with family and community members.
THE ONLY LASTING TRUTH IS CHANGE
The workshop is part of “The Only Lasting Truth is Change”, an expanded symposium investigating current and future configurations of art, technology, nature and power. The symposium takes place in Bergen and online 16-19 November, with satellite events throughout the autumn. See the detailed symposium programme here.
The symposium is organised by BEK with support from Norsk kulturråd, Fritt Ord, Bergen kommune, KORO, Bergesenstiftelsen, and in cooperation with Ekko, Østre, Tenthaus, Bergen Assembly, Aldea, Bergen Works and the County Governor of Vestland. It is part of New Perspectives for Action – a project by Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the European Union.
BEK’s space unfortunately is not wheelchair accessible. Please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re using a wheelchair, and we’ll do our best to facilitate your needs. Our space has all gender toilet facilities. Service dogs are welcome. We also provide the option of a quiet room.
Images: 1) Suzanne Kite, photo: Yuula Benivolski, 3) Suzanne Kite, Mnišma wakignúŋke 1 – 4, 2023, photo: Alon Koppel, courtesy of River Valley Arts Collective.