Isea 2022 - Possibles



June 14th

Full paper / The Bartleby Machine

Authors: Bruno Caldas Vianna

Work: Speculative essay on the ability for machines to disobey


Theme: Artificial intelligence, Art, sonsciousness, Machine Disobedience

Venue: CCCB

More information:

  • Abstract: The idea of disobedient machines is developed from the perspective of artificial intelligence, rather than fiction. Misbehavior in humans and machines is presented as a one of the skills which are indispensable for natural intelligence. Different approaches to AI are presented, from symbolism to emergism. The limits of computational formalism are presented, together with Hofsdtader’s theory of consciousness. It is argued that a machine cannot reach human intelligence unless it is also able to disobey. Hence, an exploration of algorithmic misbehavior is urgent for further development of AI for the arts and society in general.

  • Biography: Bruno Caldas Vianna lives in Barcelona. He is pursuing a doctorate from the Uniarts in Helsinki, Finland, in visual arts and artificial intelligence. He has a degree in Film from Universidade Federal Flumiense in Rio de Janeiro, and a master’s degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. He creates visual narratives in innovative and traditional supports, having done short and feature films, live cinema, augmented reality, mobile apps and installations. He was a resident in Hangar, Barcelona, in 2008; in Laboral, Gijón, with the Vida production award winner project Ionic Satellite Fountain; In Quebec’s La Chambre Blanche and London’s Battlesea Arts Centre, among others. Between 2011 and 2016, he ran Nuvem, a rural space dedicated to art and technology in Brazil. From 2012 and 2018 he taught at Oi Kabum, a school for art in technology in Rio de Janeiro. He is part of the autonomous communications collective Coolab.


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Montalegre, 5 - 08001 Barcelona

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