Panel Discussion – How can artists struggling with sustainability explore new technologies?

Clearly, technological innovations are changing the way art is created and shared, allowing artists to reach new audiences beyond the boundaries of the traditional art world. In fact, Facebook Open Arts, in collaboration with Helsinki Beneriel, is the first two years of art in the world, making the program available not only to people in Finland but also to audiences online and around the world.

All kinds of artists are constantly evolving to express their most pressing ideas, often struggling with sustainability, social justice, and technology itself. Kate Brown, editor of Artnet News Europe, recently updated a panel on sustainability in the arts and technology. Participants explored the moral and ethical challenges faced by new media artists — and asked what the scope of digital art is to address urgent current issues.

Panel Contestants:

  • Samir Bhomik, Helsinki-based multi-disciplinary artist and Helsinki two-year participant
  • Stephanie Dinkins, transgender artist, is currently living with the Facebook Open Arts and AI team
  • Josephine Kellyher, Experiences, Facebook Open Arts
  • Artist Binary IC-98 and Helsinki’s two-year founding member Patrick Soderlund

Watch the full speech here.

Left – Kate Brown, Patrick Soderlund, Josephine Keliher, Stephanie Dinkins and Samir Bhomik.

In this conversation you will hear:

  • Why Artists Get Involved in Artificial Intelligence Stephanie Dinkins: “I think art brings new perspectives. I’m a beginner, a counter – someone who plays here, not someone who knows this place. I have very different questions from the engineer. I think it’s really important for artists to be able to lead in this way. We do not have the luxury of not participating. My own fear is that the color community will be left behind, especially if we go out of our way to fear the system. And the question is what can we do right now Realizing that they have a role to play in helping the future work, to adjust the way people work in it? ”
  • Regarding the compassionate role of others in the arts and technology, Samir Bomicik said: It’s all around us – in the woods, on the island. There is no such thing as nature anymore. You have to keep in mind that technology comes from within us – it is part of our universe, and we are part of it. So my approach to this is always to take it all in – not to fight it, but to work with it, and to shape it, and to shape it, and to shape it, and to sing in ways that we can understand and resist. better than. That is all we can do now. ”
  • Patrick Soderland in his work on solving the climate crisis: “If I criticize or talk or worry about the climate crisis, I do not want to be involved in creating or expanding it. But I always struggle with that. We are currently working on this huge landscape park, which is being planned for an abandoned iron mine in Northern Finland. Most of our work team is in the South, so we have to move there constantly. And then I have to ask myself, ‘Is it better to do something, or is it better not to do anything?’ It is a difficult question. In our practice, perhaps 50 percent of our results are film or animation or something like that, and the other 50 percent are site-based projects. So I hope we can maintain at least some balance.
  • Josephine Kellyher on the role of Big Tech in art and culture: “What artists do is very important to the world, and we saw this during the epidemic – we felt how thirsty we were for things that filled our souls, and how important conversations, opportunities and participation were. So the most important thing for me is that technology companies are realizing their commitment to the careers of the traditional industry, and they are appearing for them – here and now to get them into listening and learning from artists. This is our desire in the open arts of Facebook – not to catch up after reality or pretend to be in front of us, but to be in the classroom and disturb as they explore, think, and think with artists. ”

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