Workshop: Intrusive Thoughts

07 May 2022
Image: Sam Lieblich, [Worldwide Neurosis], 2021

Image: Sam Lieblich, Worldwide Neurosis, 2021


07 May 2022

Saturday, 4-6pm (AEST)


21 Easey St, Collingwood
Thu – Sat, 12pm – 5pm




Free, applications required

Intrusive thoughts: the internal monologue of a stressed singularity.

A workshop led by Sam Lieblich

This in-person event is FREE and will be held at the gallery.


Application deadline: Midnight, Tuesday May 3, 2022. Places are limited.

Techno-futurists believe “The Singularity”—when human and artificial intelligence combines to form a world-spanning super-intelligence—is the inevitable next step in the evolution of life on Earth; but what happens when the worldwide super-mind starts spiralling? And what if the singularity is already here and it’s literally just obsessing over whether we’ve all bought toilet paper this week?

This workshop will be delivered by the artist in the gallery. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with the artwork and they will introduced to the thought of John C. Lilley, Ray Kurzweil, and other outsiders and futurists, whom we will read through the work of Jacques Lacan and Sigmund Freud. After establishing a theoretical grounding we will use state-of-the-art machine learning algorithms, and a set of especially adapted writing exercises, to learn to listen—to ourselves and to the algorithm—so that we might predict what comes next. What will it be like when the internet scrolls us? Get ready to see Siri stress the fuck out!

These workshops are free and open to writing and technology enthusiasts.

Participants will contribute to a living AI artwork on display at FUTURES.

Access services including Auslan available on request. Writers of all abilities and from any state or territory are encouraged to apply.

Presented by Free Association and FUTURES as part of PHOTO 2022

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  • Sam Lieblich (AU)

    Born 1983, Perth, Australia
    Lives and works Melbourne, Australia

    Sam Lieblich is a Melbourne-based artist investigating networked and algorithmic forms. His work explores the orientation/disorientation of the subject in the other, and the manifestations of the human-algorithm hybrid into which human beings are now subsumed. These digital works combine machine learning algorithms with custom code to foreground systems design and—by finding beauty and intention in the system—to try to re-situate human desire in the algorithm.

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  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
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  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
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