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Abbey Hepner & Mike Avery


Saturday, October 26 - 1:20PM to 2:00PM
Saint Kate Hotel: Simone Ball Room A

Optogenetic Cybernetic Translations is a collaboration between artist Abbey Hepner and scientist Mike Avery. Using computer vision software and tools such as Google Image Search, primate brain scans from Mike's lab at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies at UCSD were analyzed. The software believed that the brain scans were things like an aurora or fireflies. Each brain scan image was paired with its corresponding AI translation, resulting in metaphors between cognition and a world full of beautiful, or potentially frightening, phenomenon. By allowing our collaborative work to be interpreted by a third party, we embraced the fact that our work is larger than ourselves and never wholly in our control. In this talk, we discuss our roles as artist and scientist in approaching this subject matter and the experience of collaborating during a time when science and the humanities were under attack.


Abbey Hepner
Abbey Hepner
Mike Avery
Mike Avery

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