• Langelandsgade 139, 1580, 216

    8000 Aarhus C

    Denmark

20142024

Research activity per year

Personal profile

Research

How does artificial intelligence (AI) affect the ways in which we, humans, see ourselves and others? My current postdoc project investigates how an aesthetics of “fake faces," that is facial images generated with AI, affect cultural understandings of the face and its relation to identity and emotions.

The project explores AI facial filters, deepfakes, and other forms of facial images generated with AI in ordinary social media practices and in artistic practices.

The project proposes that the democratization of AI, and the consequent spread of AI facial images, is occasioning shifts in the perception and cultural understanding of faces, resulting in a kind of technological prosopagnosia. Prosopagnosia, or face blindness in popular terms, is a neurological disorder where one has difficulties recognizing faces (Edkins 2015). With the proliferation and popularized use of AI facial images, we experience a different kind of prosopagnosia—not in the sense of a neurological disorder, but instead a sort of cultural disorder where it becomes difficult to read, understand, and navigate facial images, and where one is blinded as to what is actually a representation of a real face and what is a “fake” face.

Commissioned

I'm an artist mentor/consultant for artists that work somewhere at the intersections of art and the digital. I have a broad knowledge of digital media in general, but I am particularly interested in AI/biometrics/surveillance. Feel free to contact me anytime.

Cooperation and dissemination

I'm part of the research center Center for Aesthetics of AI Images (AIIM), which can be found here: https://cc.au.dk/en/aiim. 

I'm also part of the research program Arts, Aestethics, and Communities, which can be found here: https://cc.au.dk/en/research/research-programmes/arts-aesthetics-communities.

Outside the university institution, I collaborate with artists who I share interests with. I am always open to collaborations with artists and other academic/nonacademic, cultural/noncultural institutions.

Teaching

I teach and supervise subjects related to, but not exclusively, contemporary digital art, digital media, surveillance, subjectivity, the genealogy of the face, the fem/queer. I also teach more fundamental courses like theory of science.

I'm teaching the following courses in Fall 2024:

F2024   Contemporary Art and Culture, MA Level, Aesthetics & Culture, AU

F2024   Art, Images, and Vision in Digital Culture, BA Level, Art History, AU

Keywords

  • Contemporary art
  • Digital art
  • Feminist critique of technology
  • Queer theory
  • Technofeminism
  • Decolonialism
  • Posthumanism
  • The postphotographic
  • Media
  • Biometrics
  • Facial recognition
  • Forensic DNA phenotyping
  • Composite photography
  • Deepfakes
  • Selfies
  • Facial filters
  • Visual culture
  • Masks
  • Camouflage
  • Faces
  • Portraits
  • Masking ban
  • AI
  • History of technology
  • Physiognomic renaissance
  • Biopolitics
  • Physiognomy
  • Phrenology
  • Eugenics
  • Anthropometry
  • Aesthetics and art
  • Aesthetic analysis
  • Digital aesthetics
  • Applied ethics and bioethics/environmental ethics
  • Philosophers
  • Gilles Deleuze
  • Félix Guattari
  • Michel Foucault
  • Shoshana Magnet
  • Zach Blas
  • Heather Dewey-Hagborg
  • Adam Harvey
  • Micha Cárdenas
  • Donna Haraway
  • Bernadette Wegenstein
  • Eugene Thacker
  • Alexander Galloway
  • Jenny Edkins
  • Emmanuel Lévinas
  • Sara Ahmed
  • Joseph Pugliese
  • Giorgio Agamben
  • Kelly Gates
  • Lucy Hartley
  • Sandra Kemp
  • Judith Butler
  • Jacques Rancière
  • Joanna Zylinska
  • Jack Halberstam
  • Elizabeth Freeman
  • José Esteban Muñoz
  • Lee Edelman
  • Bernard Stiegler
  • Mark BN Hansen
  • Hito Steyerl
  • Jill Walker Rettberg
  • Éduard Glissant
  • Hans Belting
  • N. Katherine Hayles
  • Mieke Bal
  • Simone Browne
  • Harun Farocki
  • Olga Goriunova
  • Maurizio Lazzarato
  • Lila Lee-Morrison
  • Trevor Paglen
  • Kate Crawford
  • Charles Sanders Peirce
  • Paul B. Preciado
  • Rita Raley
  • Pasi Väliaho
  • Eyal Weizman

Areas of expertise

  • Contemporary Digital Art
  • Queer/Fem
  • Digital Media
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Biometrics and Surveillance