Writing Machine Collective | Edition 7 文字機器創作集 第七輯
Knowledge Asymmetries in the Age of Machine Learning
機器學習時代的知識失衡

Online Keynote Presentation + Annotations + Workshop
網上主題演講 + 進深註釋讀書會 + 工作坊
09.2021 – 08.2022

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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。

本系列的研討會及工作坊剖開將個人介入置之度外的自動化時代,探討周遭的機器操作及相應的文化含義。項目的前奏部份希望拆解程式編碼終為小眾的活動的成因。若然編碼和計算逐漸成為我們日常生活的重要組成部分,為何我們能無動於衷或安然地飾演不知情的消費者?當中又掩蓋了那些計算潛力?

通過展示故意黑箱化及把數碼局限於小眾知識的局面,計劃鼓勵大家提高對潛藏於日常科技中的社會操縱的關注程度,並通過直接參與編碼活動來應對知識失衡。是次研討會以論壇形式探討在科技運作的世界裡民主及公眾參與的狀況,最終策問知識失衡的深遠影響。

 

 

  • 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.
香港藝術發展局全力支持藝術表達自由,本計劃內容並不反映本局意見。

Annotations 進深註釋讀書會

 

 

2022-07-20 19:30

CPU Dumplings Workshop: Sharing Session
CPU 餃子工作坊分享會

Sam Chan, Wong Chun-hoi (Artist-educators of CPU Dumplings Workshop), Joey Chung, Doris Poon (Observer), Dr Linda Lai (Project Supervisor)
Moderator: Dr Winnie Soon (Workshop Curator)

2022-07-30 19:30

Living in the Age of Convergence: (working through) the scientific images, manifest images and the aesthetic images
活在融合趨同的時代:科學圖像、顯化圖像和審美圖像引來的新本體論

Dr Linda Lai (Inter-disciplinary Research-based Artist and Associate Professor in the School of Creative Media at City University of Hong Kong)

* Please note the talk has been rescheduled to Saturday, 30 July 2022, 7:30pm (HKT) due to unforeseen circumstances.
* 講座延至7月30日 晚上7:30(香港時間)舉行,敬請留意。

2022-07-31 19:30

Introduction to Machine Learning for Artists
予藝術家的機器學習講義

Dr Héctor Rodríguez (Artist and Associate Professor in the School of Creative Media at City University of Hong Kong)

  • Symposium Director
  • Héctor 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