Talk: Image as Program Panel Discussion

16 March
Image: J. Rosenbaum, [Gender Tapestry], 2022. Image courtesy of the artist.

Image: J. Rosenbaum, Gender Tapestry, 2022. Image courtesy of the artist.


16 March

Saturday, 10-11am (AEST)


RMIT Gallery [i]
344 Swanston St, Melbourne
Tue – Fri, 11am – 5pm
Sat, 12.30pm – 5pm


Wheelchair access


Free, bookings required

Join us at RMIT Gallery to listen and participate in a panel discussion which interrogates the photographic image’s most recent metamorphosis. AI represents the latest stage of photography’s transformation into a software output, cannibalising the camera and even transforming it into a set of executable text prompts. What does this mean for the future of the medium?

This talk will be led by the execute_photography’s curator Katrina Sluis who is joined by artists J. Rosenbaum, Sebastian Schmieg and Tom Blachford.

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  • Katrina Sluis

    Katrina Sluis is a curator and associate professor in the School of Art and Design at The Australian National University. With Andrew Dewdney she is the co-editor of The Networked Image in Post-Digital Culture (Routledge 2022).

  • J. Rosenbaum (AU)

    Born 1978, Columbia, Missouri, US
    Lives and works Melbourne, Australia

    J. Rosenbaum is a Melbourne AI artist and researcher working with 3D modeling, artificial intelligence and extended reality technologies. Their work explores posthuman and postgender concepts using classical art combined with new media techniques and programming. J has a PhD from RMIT University in Melbourne at the School of Art exploring AI Perceptions of Gender and the nature of AI generated art and the human hands behind the processes that engender bias, especially towards gender minorities. Their artwork highlights this bias through programmatic interactive artworks and traditional gallery displays.

  • Sebastian Schmieg (DE)

    Born 1983, Tübingen, Germany
    Lives and works Berlin, Germany

    Sebastian Schmieg investigates the algorithmic circulation of images, texts, and bodies. He creates playful interventions that penetrate the shiny surfaces of our networked society and explore the realities that lie behind them. In particular Schmieg focuses on labor, algorithmic management, and artificial intelligence. He works in a wide range of media including video, website, installation, artist book, custom software, lecture performance, and delivery service. Schmieg studied at the University of the Arts in Berlin and has exhibited work at Kunsthalle Zürich, The Photographers’ Gallery London, MdbK Leipzig, HeK Basel, and Chronus Art Center Shanghai. Schmieg is a professor for interface design at HTW Dresden.

  • Tom Blachford

Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

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