Şerife Wong is a Turkish-Hawaiian artist working on AI governance. She is the founder of Icarus Salon, an art and research organization exploring the ethics of emerging technology. She advocates for justice in AI and more active roles for artists in policymaking.
She has been a resident on artificial intelligence at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, a fellow and researcher at the Berggruen Institute, a jury member at Ars Electronica, and was selected as one of 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics in 2021. She serves on the board of directors for Digital Peace Now, is a juror for the Burning Man Honorarium Grants Committee, and is a member of Tech Inquiry. She also works with O’Neil Risk Consulting and Algorithmic Auditing to help companies address issues of fairness and bias in AI. Previously, she was an Artist-in-Residence and co-creator of the Impact Program at Autodesk Pier 9 and was assistant editor of Artnet Magazine.
Şerife frequently collaborates with the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford and has produced two major works with them: Fluxus Landscape, a network map of 500 AI ethics and governance stakeholders that also explores the limits of language, and Fairer Tomorrow, a site that explores solutions and ideas in response to fissures in political, economic, and social infrastructures exposed or intensified by the COVID pandemic. Her partnerships with CASBS support their New Moral Political Economy project and bridge the social sciences and conceptual art.
Her work is heavily influenced by Fluxus and Situationist International and uses research and activism as a medium of art to create social sculptures, paintings, videos, happenings, and interactive web-based work. She has had solo art exhibits in New York (I-20 Gallery), San Francisco, Vienna, and Mexico City; and exhibited internationally at venues such as Art Basel Miami, Shanghai Art Fair, FIAC Paris, ARCO Madrid, and Art Cologne.