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FCAM colloquium - ANTONIO SOMAINI (Sorbonne Nouvelle): 'The Visible and the Sayable. On AI, Visual Culture, and the Algorithmic Correlations Between Images and Words'

When:Tu 05-03-2024 18:00 - 20:00
Where:Room 1314.0026, Harmonie building
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Film and Contemporary Audiovisual Media colloquium


The talk will tackle the impact of so-called "AI" technologies on contemporary visual culture, taking into consideration technologies of both "Analytic AI" and "Generative AI". It will then highlight the fact that in both these fields AI introduces a series of systematic, algorithmic correlations between images and words that profoundly reorganize the relations between the visible and the sayable. The talk will include the analysis of works stemming from the fields of contemporary art and contemporary photography.

About the speaker

Antonio Somaini is Professor in Film, Media, and Visual Culture Theory at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, as well as a Senior Member of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF). His research foci include film, media, and visual culture theory as well as media archaeology. Representative publications of his comprise Culture visuelle. Images, regards, médias, dispositifs (Dijon: Les Presses du Réel, 2022), Repenser le médium. Art contemporain et cinema (Dijon: Les Presses du Réel, 2022), and La haute et la basse définition des images. Photographie, cinéma, art contemporain, culture visuelle (Milan-Udine: Mimesis, 2021).