The Grid
Panel Discussion on “Humanizing Technology through the Arts” at the Launch of The Grid, 5 December 2019. With Aza Raskin (Co-Founder, Center for Humane Technology), Melissa Huerta (Senior Program Officer, Mozilla Foundation), Christine Payne (Author of MuseNet, OpenAI), Jeremy Crandell (former Co-Lead Art Department, Burning Man Project), Kenric McDowell (Head of artists + machine intelligence program, Google Arts + Culture). Moderated by Clara Blume, President of EUNIC Silicon Valley
© Beth LaBerge

The Grid is incorporating art-thinking into the development of new technologies, jump-starting a conversation between artists, technologists, and policy makers from Europe, Silicon Valley and beyond. Initiating a pioneering experiment, placing artists within research and development teams in Silicon Valley, The Grid is investigating if art-thinking can humanise technology, influence design processes, and anticipate destructive impacts. The project team is also organising multiple events in the San Francisco Bay area, Washington D.C. and New York, including workshops, conferences, and media art exhibitions.

The project was seen by the selection committee as considerably relevant to the global context and by extension, relevant to the local one since this particular local context is quite global. The proposal was well elaborated and the selection committee saw the project as an answer to a ‘silent war’ between tech and art. The committee acknowledged the need to support the artists, which Europe has a duty to support. The committee saw potential in the strategic dialogue and partnerships the project entails, bringing together people from both worlds, helping to create a common language, and in doing so, innovative solutions to various (ethical) questions.

Art+Tech Report 2019

  • European Spaces of Culture
  • EU Delegation
  • Technology
  • Digital
  • Innovation