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Exhibition of sound installation 'Bird language' by Helena Nikonole

Friday 16 September 2022 - Sunday 18 September 2022
You can visit the exhibition on the 17th and 18th of september between 1PM-6PM.
EST Art Foundation
Papegaaisbolwerk 20
2312LW Leiden

Bird Language

Exhibition by Helena Nikonole
Curated by Dr. Ksenia Fedorova, Assistant Professor, LUCAS
Supported by the Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University

Date: September 16 - September 18.
Location: EST Art Foundation, Papegaaisbolwerk 20, 2312 LW Leiden

Bird Language explores the possibilities of AI within the context of bio-semiotics, particularly addressing the possibility of communication between nature and technology, in which a human being is not necessary. A neural network was trained on the sounds of nightingales, which led to creation of communication between non-human agents: birds and Artificial Intelligence. The algorithm helped to see clusters in bird-singing that reveal its language structure and allow then to build a 'translator' for interspecies communication. The artwork offers an intriguing aesthetic experience and stimulates reflection on creative and critical applications of this technology. 

The official opening of the exhibition will be on September 16 from 18:00 to 20:00. After that, the exhibition will be open on September 17-18 from 13:00 till 18:00. 

About Helena Nikonole

Helena Nikonole is a new media artist, independent curator and educator currently based in Istanbul. She presented lectures and workshops in the field of Art & Science and Neural Networks in arts at different institutions including Art Laboratory Berlin, Mutek Festival (Montreal and Tokyo), ITMO University and many others. Her work has been exhibited internationally by various institutions and festivals such as Ars Electronica, AI-Music Festival, ZKM Museum (Karlsruhe), CTM Festival, ADAF, Kapelica Gallery (Ljubljana), Chronus Art Center (Shanghai) and Warsaw Biennial 2022.

Helena’s field of interests embraces hybrid art, bio-semiotics and Artificial Intelligence. One part of her work is dedicated to utopian scenarios of post-human future while another is focused on dystopian present and critical approach to technology.

Workshop 'AI & Art: Aesthetics and Politics of Artificial Neural Networks'

This exhibition is connected to the workshop 'AI & Art: Aesthetics and Politics of Artificial Neural Networks'. If you would like to know more about the workshop, please click below.

More information on the workshop
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