Visualizing Bias with AR Launch

On July 2, join Goethe-Institut, Gray Area, Fotomuseum Winterthur, and Artivive for a presentation, panel discussion, and virtual gallery launch with the finalists of the global open call Visualizing Bias with Augmented Reality.

From March 1 through May 23, 2021, we invited artists, designers, and the general public to submit creative representations on the subject of bias and technology’s growing ability to alter people’s visual perception of reality, and we hosted 5 global Augmented Reality workshops across the US, Canada, and China.
Submissions explored discriminatory, misrepresentational, and biased apparatuses and expressed thought-provoking ideas on how to deal with the perpetuation of bias by technology.
An international jury comprised of artists, curators, and researchers had the difficult task of selecting the ten best designs from over 150 submissions.

The 3 finalists amongst the 10 selected projects will present their respective works and take part in a panel discussion. The event will also celebrate the launch of a virtual gallery presenting the following selected artists and works:


● Caitlin & Misha (the artist duo, aka Caitlin Foley and Misha Rabinovich/USA): Ecology of Worries
● Adam Szklenar (Hungary): Filtered Views
● Arman Paxad (Canada/Iran): White Shade

Selected Projects

● Avital Meshi (Israel): Deconstructing Whiteness
● Craig Tilley (USA): Decoding Babel
● Aurora Micale and Chiara Palmucci (Italy): Incel
● Alireza Vaziri Rahimi (Iran): The Covid-19 Infodemic
● Ilaria Trapani, Marco Manco (Italy): 8 WAVE
● Nirav Beni (South Africa): Gradation Descent
● Daniele Silvestri (Italy): Fronzoni

The festival is part of the project IMAGE + BIAS that critically engages with the cultural realities being increasingly determined by imperceptible technologies.


Caitlin & Misha

Artist duo Caitlin & Misha find inspiration in naturally occurring systems such as rhizomatic networks of mycelium, the microbiome ecology, and emergent pink noise for the shared experiences they construct in their collaborative art practice. Among other things they create installations, games, data visualizations, and happenings. They aim to create artworks that provide unique opportunities for shared experiences, thought experiments, and group-based rejuvenation, such as sweating, meditating, humming, jumping, and worrying together.

Adam Szklenar

Adam Szklenar is a multimedia artist and composer, holds three university degrees: Cultural Management, Communications and Media, and Music. During his studies at Goldsmiths University of London he got interested in audiovisual composition, sound and visual design. His recent discovery is augmented reality. His vision is to create a new way of presenting original music and moving image.

Arman Paxad

Arman Paxad (b. 1990, Iran) is a sound designer and media artist based in Vancouver, Canada. Heavily inspired by the interactive nature of our relationship with technology, in his work he actively explores and challenges the long running effects of modern-day tech on our perception of ‘self’ and how it dictates our actions and reactions toward our environment, social life and justice, and technology itself.



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