Philipp Schmitt

How Does Thinking Look Like?

Performance Lecture, 26:00 min, 2021

How Does Thinking Look Like? is a performance lecture about the embodied and material practice and history of AI research.

How Does Thinking Look Like? is a performance lecture about the embodied and material practice and history of AI research. The culmination of a years-long inquiry, the piece draws from a range of archival material, and the artist's residency in a machine learning research group at New York University.
It surfaces the role of embodied, situated knowledge in a field of science obsessed with the non-human; and complicates the role of diagrams and imagination scientists use to hold onto the invisible.

How Does Thinking Look Like? premiers in November 2021 at The Neuroverse live arts festival held at ONX Studio in New York City.

Credits

A work by Philipp Schmitt in collaboration with movement director Sarah Dahnke. Produced by Media Art Xploration in collaboration with New York Live Arts. This piece draws in part on a fellowship at NYU awarded by the Berggruen Institute ToftH program.

Materials used

A picture of two hands above an old, grainy image of the Mark I Perceptron, a machine for pattern recognition.
A picture of two hands, one holding a red marker, hovering over a page of a computer science research paper with a diagram and some text.
Two hands hovering over a diagram of a machine, the Mark I Perceptron designed by neuroscientist Frank Rosenblatt.
Two hands aligning themselves with an abstract diagram of lines and shapes.