CALL FOR INTERVENTIONS : The 4th European Culture and Technology Lab+ Annual Conference. Oct. 18th -19th, 2024. Cluj-Napoca

 Transdisciplinary perspectives on AI: Alternative Histories, Current Practices and Possible Futures 

Please submit a 500-word description/ abstract (excluding references) for your proposed artistic intervention/ paper presentation etc. before May 15th 2024. Please use the PDF-file format for submission and render your text completely anonymous (metadata included) to allow for blind refereeing. Please send your title and abstract to:  Notification of acceptance will be communicated by June 20th 2024. An edited volume of conference proceedings will be published.  For queries please contact 


Keynote speakers:

David Bates – Department of Rhetoric – University of California, Berkeley

Adrian Groza – Universitatea Tehnică din Cluj-Napoca

The 4th Annual Conference hosted by the European University of Technology and organized by the European Culture and Technology Laboratory ‘ECT Lab+’ aims to bring together experts from the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Technology, and other fields exploring ways of enquiry that enrich (non-)positivist ways of knowing as well as post-structuralist critique towards them. The advent of Artificial Intelligence related technologies is transforming how we live, work and study. The EU is currently drafting the EU AI Act which attempts to put in place a process of legislation for Artificial Intelligence. These changes won’t transform only the way of living but the built environment, both in terms of public space and urban form.

The current moment is characterized by competing extremes of techno utopianism and doom-laden techno pessimism. The framing of the conference is to move beyond simplistic technophila and technophobia and to pose the questions about we can co-evolve with these new technologies which combine machine learning and large-scale calculations. Accordingly, this conference seeks to avoid these extremes and instead critically assess the technical operations of AI in terms of Epistemology, Ethics and Aesthetics. Specifically, it will focus on the limitations and material operation of AI technology from transdisciplinary perspectives. The conference will raise questions about what AI (or bêtise as functional stupidity) cannot do, therefore to determine the relationship between incalculable and calculable between what cannot be measured as well as what can be measured. The inherent limitation of calculation and confusions between calculation, measurement and intelligence where the very process of thinking noesis is reduced to calculation.

Under these premises, we invite papers, panels, performances, workshops, seminars, poster presentations, artistic submissions, artist talks, installations, and interventions that address the relationship between technology, epistemology, and design. The open call is directed to scholars, philosophers, scientists, artists, designers, and creative practitioners. 

Possible interventions or responses could consider but are not restricted to:

+ The changing definition of AI.

+ The Impact of AI on knowledge construction and questions of judgement in different disciplines (Law, Medicine, Art, Education, Engineering etc.)

+ The relationship between humans and technology.

+ Issues of responsibility and AI such as copyright and ecological impact.

+ Questions of policy (see, for example, the EU AI Act).

+ The Future of Labour and Leisure.

+ Artistic questions of authorship and interpretation (“digital hermeneutics”).

+ Issues of diversification, homogenization in AI.

+ Post-instrumentality, speculative design and Post-humanist reformulations of AI.

+ Idiomatic, Aesthetics and poesis.

+ Functional Stupidity and Questions of Natural Intelligence.

+ The Impact of AI on Public Space and the Built Environment, Urban Management.

+ Digital Twinning.

+ Smart Cities and AI Infrastructures.

+ The aesthetics of Minecraft and the Robotisation of life.

GradCAM researcher Sinead McDonald at IMPACT20 – Planetary Alliances
GradCAM researcher Sinead McDonald has been invited to present her research at the annual IMPACT Transdisciplinary Symposium at PACT Zollverein in Germany.
IMPACT20 – Planetary Alliances

For years, experts from all fields of knowledge have been occupied with the complex interconnections and vital dependencies between the human and the non-human. Under the title ›Planetary Alliances‹, IMPACT20 invites you to a polylogue on relationship net- works in which humans are just one actor among many.

As a scientific and artistic think-tank, IMPACT20 criss-crosses perspectives from biotechnology, natural science, philosophy and contemporary art: Lars Blank, Rosi Braidotti and Johannes Paul Raether reflect on the relativities, metabolisms and relationships between the elements and protagonists of our world and how these impact on ecological, social, economic and technological developments in a community. How can new alliances that no longer place humankind at the centre of perception, shape and define new models of societies?



GradCAM Head of Artistic Research Glenn Loughran presented on the final stages of his OPP residency in Ushers Island on Friday 28th February.

Working with service users in Ushers Island, Loughran has developed a prototype communication system that will be installed parasitically throughout the center.

Focusing on the idea of contributory work for a contributory society Loughran’s residency began with the contribution of a suite of disused MAC computers from TU Dublin to Ushers Island. The computers were then used to develop collective video essays with in Ushers Island which are installed in a unique set display case’s made by the participants. Each display will incorporate an earth battery into the design which used to power the screens showing the video essays.

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Forthcoming presentation at AAH Conference

GradCAM researcher Gráinne Coughlan to present paper at AAH annual Conference, April 2020

Gráinne Coughlan will present her paper “Managing Labour in A Fair Land” as part of the panel Art, Labour and Inequality: Interdisciplinary Perspectives at the Association of Art Historians Annual Conference. Her paper focuses on the participatory artwork A Fair Land that was developed by Grizedale Arts and the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) in 2016. Drawing from management studies and organisational aesthetics, Gráinne will examine the distribution but also the management of labour in A Fair Land. Rather than assume participation per se as a democratic gain, she will explore good management as a necessary tool to negotiate equitable distribution of labour in participatory art and to this end, compares how labour was managed in the model village and in the inter-institutional relationships that produced it. The paper develops Gráinne’s ongoing research interest in the organisation and management of socially engaged art and typologies of participation

Appointment as Public Art Now coordinator

Gradcam Researcher Grainne Coughlan Coordinates Public Art Now Conference, 29-31 October 2020

Gradcam Phd Candidate, Grainne Coughlan was appointed as conference coordinator for Public Art Now Conference in September 2019.

The conference will be located at TU Dublin’s city campus, Grangegorman – Irelands largest single investment in higher education in the last 50 years, which will house a community of 23,00 students on a campus only 1km from Dublin city centre. The campus, in part situated on the grounds of the former St Brendan’s hospital is central to the development of a vibrant new city quarter that is sensitive to the context of Grangegorman, its’ surrounding neighbourhoods and existing community. This location informs our considerations of Public Art, which often acts as a barometer for thinking critically about the relationships between Public Art practice, policy and its publics.

Comprised of a varied set of art practices, Public Art provides opportunities for collective participation and self-expression, historical reflection and community dialogue. It contributes to our social, spatial and political topologies by proposing new social models, enhancing physical infrastructure and engaging with design. As we enter the third decade of the 21st century, human–and non-human animals, face unprecedented environmental and social challenges. The present geological epoch of the Anthropocene, unchecked globalisation and resurgent nationalistic forces, provide new contexts through which to consider Public Arts role in society. Within this context, the Public Art Now Conference will explore alternative ways to articulate the diversity of arts practice and the complexity of our social, physical and natural environments.

As such, the Public Art Now conference is structured by three key themes;

• Public Art: Processes and Politics

• Public Art in the Anthropocene

• Ecologies of Space and Place

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Entretiens d’un Nouveau Monde Industriel 2019 Conference International
Entretiens d’un Nouveau Monde Industriel 2019 Conference International, Internation, Nation, Transition : Thinking locality in Globalisation. Giving a response to Greta Thunberg and Antonio Guterres. Professor Noel Fitzpatrick and Dr. Conor Mc Garrigle will be presenting research on Real Smart Cities.
TU Dublin School of Creative Art Fine Art Lecturer Glenn Loughran begins OPP Residency in Ushers Island.

Other People’s Practices (OPP) is an artist’s residency and research project that supports professional artists to produce collaborative, socially engaged projects in Usher’s Island, a National Forensic Mental Health Service community centre for recovered and recovering service users of the Central Mental Hospital.

Working with an expanded understanding of ‘digital therapeutics’ Glenn’s residency aims to explore the impact of contributory work on the service users of Usher Island. Contributory work s defined by processes which merge individual production and social contribution to form collective knowledge production.

Glenn’s residency project will develop collective modes of production through digital forms of research.

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GradCAM Head of Artistic Research delivers opening lecture at the New Research Center For Public Education at Maynooth University on the 24th April.

Titled: Evental Education, Dr. Glenn Loughran’s presentation explored how to link art and education through the concept of the event. The “event” is a blind spot in the dominant educational ideologies of efficiency, accountability and flexibility. This theory of public education was explored through large-scale public art projects and programmes which set out to engage participants at marginal sites of exchange.

Initiated by Professors Gert Biesta and CarlAnders Salfstrom the research center aims to support educational research on public education and civic engagement.

For more on the New Research Center for Public Education see: here 

GradCAM PhD Researcher Siobhán Doyle’s article on the relationship between sports photography and national identity has been published by RTÉ Brainstorm.

The article outlines how sport is an integral and even a defining element of the culture of a nation and examines the role sports photography plays in developing national identity.

RTÉ Brainstorm is a partnership between the national radio station and third level institutions in Ireland. It is where the academic and research community contribute to public debate, reflect on world events and communicate fresh thinking on a broad range of issues.

Siobhán’s research into sports photography and national identity began during her previous role working in the Gaelic Athletic Association.



DSCA Lecturer Glenn Loughran on research secondment in the Jambeli Archipelago, Ecuador

A long-time escape for tourists and locals, Jambeli island has been slowly disappearing due to rising sea levels. In December 2017 the island police station, hotels and residences were destroyed by rising tides. The residency is part of a European Union H2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie (MSCA) Project being led by GradCAM. All residencies in the research project will culminate in a joint academic symposium and artistic research exhibition, beginning in Guayaquil on 8th– 14th July, and finishing in the Galapagos Islands on the week of 21st July.

For more information on Glenn’s residency see here:


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