The Unexpected: Enquiries on Human-AI Interactions
Project lead: Pamela Breda
Duration: 10.02.2022 - 29.02.2025
Austrian Science Fund (FWF): AR 650 Programm zur Entwicklung und
Erschließung der Künste (PEEK)
Against the backdrop of increasing integration
of AI into everyday life, the research project poses questions about emotional and cognitive consequences for humans as well
as social and ethical consequences and criteria of judgment. The interdisciplinary project brings together artists and researchers
from Italy, Austria and the UK to analyze perceptual situations, wherein the boundaries between reality and fiction are often
blurred, with regards to emotional-perceptual responses that have so far received little attention from the literature. Through
the development of artworks informed by visual cultural studies, psychology, and theory of perception, questions such as "What
is AI really?", "How does interaction with intelligent machines affect our emotional and cognitive responses?", and "How does
it shape individual and collective lives?" will be explored.
Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach, the
project analyses how human-AI interaction redefines concepts of identity, belonging, and judgment criteria between real and
fake experiences of reality. By intersecting and breaking down the boundaries between art and science, the project builds
new understandings and critical approaches to the field of AI from a human-centered perspective.
The leading team role is held by Pamela Breda, experienced artist, Phd researcher at Kingston University (UK) and tutor
at UCA (UK). The team key collaborators are Prof. Ruth Schnell, leading media artist and chair for Digital Arts, Angewandte
Vienna, Dr. Brigitte Krenn, leading researcher at the Austrian Center for Artificial Intelligence and Dr. Matthew Pelowski,
multi-awarded researcher in Psychology at Vienna University. The group will be complemented by several researchers and artists.