For best experience please turn on javascript and use a modern browser!
You are using a browser that is no longer supported by Microsoft. Please upgrade your browser. The site may not present itself correctly if you continue browsing.

The first part of the seminar series "Interdisciplinary Perspectives on AI & Culture: Art and Science In Conversation".

Event details of Iconic Images (hybrid)
21 February 2023
15:00 -17:00

Register via the link below. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. 

In this session, Nanne van Noord and Claudio Celis Bueno will reflect on a series of questions regarding the relations and tensions between algorithmic image understanding and traditional conceptualisations of the image. Using the specific case of “iconic images” (i.e. frequently and widely published images concerning a shared event), this session will explore the potentialities and limitations of computational methods, while at the same time posing new questions regarding the complex relation between politics and images.

About the speakers

Nanne van Noord is Assistant Professor at the Multimedia Analytics lab of the University of Amsterdam and co-director of the Amsterdam Cultural Analytics (CANAL) lab. His research aims to integrate visual cultural understanding into AI models to bridge the gap between humanistic and algorithmic inquiry.

Claudio Celis Bueno is Assistant Professor in New Media and Digital Culture at the UvA and co-director of the AI and Cultural Production research group at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis. He is the author of the book The Attention Economy: Labour, Time and Power in Cognitive Capitalism. Since 2018 his research has focused on the politics of machine vision in order to propose novel ways of understanding the relation between images and power.


The seminars will be hybrid (in-person and Zoom).

Sweelinck Room
Institute for Advanced Study
Oude Turfmarkt 147
1012 GC Amsterdam

About Interdisciplinary Perspectives on AI & Culture: Art and Science In Conversation

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on AI & Culture: Art and Science In Conversation is an interdisciplinary seminar series focused on bringing humanities scholars and computer scientists to the table to exchange critical perspectives on the intersections between AI and culture. 

Across four sessions, the series aims to identify gaps in how different disciplines conceptualise AI in culture and culture in AI. We aim to find a common language as a first step towards establishing interdisciplinary collaboration.

The speakers represent diverse sections in UvA, including history, philosophy, film and media studies, cultural studies, complex systems, multimedia analytics, and machine learning.

The sessions will cover the following topics:

  • Session 1: ‘Iconic images’ (February 21), Nanne Van Noord and Claudio Celis Bueno.
  • Session 2: ‘Prediction and causality’ (March 28), Melvin Wevers and Sara Magliacane.
  • Session 3: ‘Bias and metrics’ (April 18), Dieuwertje Luitse and Fernando P. Santos.
  • Session 4: ‘Creativity and AI in Cinema’ (May 23), Pei-Sze Chow and Carlo Bretti.

The seminar series will culminate in a roundtable discussion in June 2023 where we will ‘hack’ current imaginations/misconceptions, as well as methodologies of researching and applying AI in cultural contexts.