What is the sound of racialisation? How might we listen to misrecognition? What does machine error tell us about the precision of racism? And how can the tools of a racist system be used to transcribe new forms of resistance?

This experimental presentation by feminist technoscience researcher Thao Phan brings together critical work on race and algorithmic culture with new techniques for dissecting and analysing automatic speech recognition, applied to personal and public archives drawn from Thao’s life and research on race. 

Broadcast live on Zoom and across multiple platforms, this event is part of Machine Listening, an ongoing investigation and experiment in collective learning, instigated by artist Sean Dockray, legal scholar James Parker, and curator Joel Stern for Liquid Architecture. In addition to Thao’s presentation, the event will feature a discussion and demonstration of the Word Processor tool, developed by the Machine Listening team and Reduct, and recently launched as part of the event ‘Unnatural Language Processing’, at Unsound Festival.

This event is part of the 2021 Digital Intimacies #7 symposium hosted in partnership with UQ Art Museum’s Conflict in My Outlook exhibition series, and is presented in partnership with Liquid Architecture and ANU Art, Politics and Social Engagement.

Please note: registered attendees will be provided with a Zoom link to join the event. When you join, the previous symposium session may still be underway. Please remain on the Zoom link, as the artist's presentation will commence shortly.

About Digital Intimacies #7: Artistic program

Xanthe Dobbie, Eidolon, 2021, still from desktop performance, with original score by Jorde Heys. Commissioned by Sydney Opera House for Shortwave and screening as part of Digital Intimacies #7 at The University of Queensland.

Liquid Architecture, plus artists Xanthe Dobbie and Daniel McKewen will present online performances as part of the 2021 Digital Intimacies #7 symposium.

This year’s conference is hosted in partnership with UQ Art Museum’s Conflict in My Outlook exhibition series. We hope the conversations throughout the symposium and artworks in the current exhibitions stimulate engagements with how our lives are entangled with digital media, how digital media proliferate and obliterate intimacy, and the back and forth between our kaleidoscopic invention and creation with digital media.

The 2021 Digital Intimacies #7 Symposium is hosted by The University of Queensland's School of Communication and Arts and UQ Art Museum. Supported by the Digital Cultures and Societies Initiative and UQ Node of the Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society.