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Kaeur Studio

HFBK Hamburg

27th/28th/29th of May 2022

funded by




Over the course of three days the STATE OF INTERIM-Symposium 
brought together young and interdisciplinary positions on the intersection of AI and art discourse.

by Kaeur Studio Editorial Team

Under the title "Positions on forms of prospective AI" Studio Kaeur presented ten artists and research talks with a diverse and international panel of young professionals working in the fields of art, design, coding, academia and education. The symposium was funded by the HFBK Hamburg. 

This blog post highlights the second day of the symposium and the incredible people who joint us to speak about their work, interests, struggles and plans for the future. The second day presented:

Thomas Heidtmann,
Nayeli Vargas and
                     "(K)not a Conversation" 
& Ambika Joshi              
Ariel Estrella                             "Teaching Digital Encounters"

All talks and lectures are recorded and available via the Kaeur Studio YouTube page. There will be also a publication in text form of the results of the symposium. The video documentation of the second and third day will also be released soon. Join our mailing list or follow on instagram to stay up to date! 

The first day in particular had a focus on artistic practice and the possibilities of machine learning  algorithms as a mode of production and creative tool.


K(not) a Conversation is an artistic research project by Thomas Heidtmann, Nayeli Vargas and Ambika Joshi exploring the concepts of artificial intelligence, creativity and labour. Through interactive installations inspired by ancient indigenous communication systems of Quipu knots, it instigates a communication and reflection process through the use of knots and AI systems. Quipus were devices composed from cotton of camelid fibre strings that recorded data through the organisation of knotted cords to inform a spectrum of social activities in Andean regions. Formally taking inspiration from this ancient apparatus, K(not) a Conversation instigates dialogue with an AI system to examine a possible evolution of concepts such as intelligence, creativity and labour. Started in 2020 as part of the BeFantastic CoLab Fellowship during the COVID-19 pandemic, the project has been displayed at Vorspiel / transmediale & CTM and India Art Fair.



Ariel Estrella (they/them) is a queer Latine scholar hailing from Queens, NYC who is pursuing a PhD in Literatures in English at Cornell University, specializing in queer of color lyricism, visual art, and aesthetic practices. Through their work, Ariel asks: what does lyricism offer queer creators of color in the midst of racism and cultural celebration; homophobia and queer kinship; transphobia and gender possibility? And, in turn, what do queer creators of color offer lyrical creative enterprises with their experiments in form? They have been published in several anthologies and were a 2021 Lambda Literary Emerging LGBTQ Writers Nonfiction Fellow.

K(not) a Conversation

STATE OF INTERIM was curated and hosted by Kaeur Studio.

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