This workshop, led by SPACE Art + Technology residents Shinji Toya and Murad Khan, will take the form of a lecture, followed by a group discussion, looking at classification and categorisation in machine learning systems that use Artificial Intelligence. Specific focus will be given to recommendation services and facial recognition technologies.
The lecture will be held by Simon Crowe, a software developer and researcher who will present approaches to subverting and understanding the algorithms used by dominant cloud platforms such as Google and Amazon to predict, profile and categorise us. Following this Shinji Toya and Murad Khan will present their research into how visual practice and image manipulation can be used to interrogate the categories created by facial recognition algorithms (Betaface).
Toya and Khan’s collaboration explores the limits of classification and categorisation that structure both social and technical systems. In particular, they have been looking at the way in which the social structures and hierarchies of race are imported into, and transformed within, machine-learning systems for facial recognition.