Writing Machine Collective | Edition 7 文字機器創作集 第七輯
Knowledge Asymmetries in the Age of Machine Learning

Online Keynote Presentation + Annotations + Workshop
網上主題演講 + 進深註釋讀書會 + 工作坊
09 – 11.2021

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The new edition of the Writing Machine Collective (WMC_e7) concerns how to live our contemporary life as citizens of a data society that is highly black-boxed with invisible computational writing and reading processes, and yet shapes how we see, how we know, how we make everyday decisions and how we act. When major technology companies relentlessly maintain a high level of confidentiality in their working process and develop diverse services to capture all-rounded behaviour data, social supervision falls behind with technological advancement. The accumulated knowledge asymmetries in the information environment underpin the corporates’ benefits and power in reality.

A series of symposiums and workshops will cover the pervasive machine operations and the corresponding cultural implications in the age of automation that sidelines individual human intervention. We ask what factors are at work that have made coding a minority activity. If coding and computing have gradually become a pertinent part of our everyday life, how could we afford to be indifferent or remain an under-informed consumer? What potentials of computing have been hidden from us?

By unfolding the knowledge which was intentionally black-boxed and privileged to the minority, the programme aims to raise audiences’ level of attention to the social manipulation embedded in everyday technological services, as well as start responding to the knowledge imbalance via direct participation in coding. This symposium will provide a forum to reflect on the state of democracy and public participation in a technologically-mediated world.

文字機器創作集第七輯 (WMC_e7) 關注當今數碼社會的公民實踐。既高度黑箱化且無形的數據的編寫及分析,塑造著人們對事情的觀察,感知,日常決策以至行動。科技巨頭將產業的工序保持高度機密,並開發各樣服務以獲取全方位的行為數據的同時,社會監管無法趕得上科技發展的步伐。資訊世界裡累積的知識失衡的結果,是我們變得越來越失去掌握數據的能力的同時,企業既有的利益和權力進一步被鞏固。





  • Presented by
    Writing Machine collective
  • Supported by
    Hong Kong Arts Development Council
  • Workshop Venue Support
    Floating Projects
Hong Kong Arts Development Council fully supports freedom of artistic expression. The views and opinions expressed in this project do not represent the stand of the Council.

Online Keynote Presentation 網上主題演講

2021-09-07 21:00

You Can Say “Talk to Me”

Lauren Lee McCarthy (Artist and Associate Professor at UCLA Design Media Arts)
Moderator: Winnie Soon (Artist-researcher and Associate Professor at Aarhus University)

2021-09-13 20:30

Governing through Immunity: Politics of COVID-19 Management
免疫力的管治:COVID-19 管理的技術和政治

Btihaj Ajana (Reader in Media and Digital Culture at the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London)
Moderator: Daisy DS Tam (Associate Head and Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities and Creative Writing at Hong Kong Baptist University)

2021-09-15 20:30

The Incommensurability Between Human and Algorithmic Thought

Beatrice Fazi (Lecturer in Digital Humanities in the School of Media, Arts and Humanities at the University of Sussex)
Moderator: Damien Charrieras (Associate Professor in the School of Creative Media at City University of Hong Kong)

2021-09-20 19:30

Trustworthy Machine Learning

Adrian Weller (Programme Director for AI at The Alan Turing Institute, the UK national institute for data science and AI)
Moderator: Héctor Rodriguez (Artist and Associate Professor in the School of Creative Media at City University of Hong Kong)

2021-09-23 21:00

Playing with (or Being Played by) the Black Box: The Subjective Experience of Self-Presentation for Algorithmic Audiences

Frank Pasquale (Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School and a member of the American Law Institute)
Moderator: Héctor Rodriguez (Artist and Associate Professor in the School of Creative Media at City University of Hong Kong)

  • Symposium Director
  • Hector RODRIGUEZ
  • Workshop Curator
  • Winnie SOON
  • Project Supervisor
  • Linda LAI
  • CPU Dumplings Workshop Concept
  • Taeyoon Choi Studio
  • Artist-educators
  • Sam CHAN, Echo HUI, LAU Hochi, WONG Chun Hoi (Hoi9), Winnie YAN
  • Project Managers
  • Joey CHUNG, Doris POON
  • Technical Director
  • Sam CHAN
  • Designer
  • Kathy WONG
  • Web Designer
  • Tobias TANG