Artist Meets Expert
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Given enough data, can AI recreate the essence of a human consciousness? In this conversation, avant-pop musician and artist Sui Zhen – creator of the Melbourne Knowledge Week performance Losing, Linda – joins Professor Michael Arnold of the University of Melbourne DeathTech Research Team to discuss where artistic expression intersects with themes of death and grief.
Losing, Linda, combines upbeat electronic pop songs with video art, encouraging Sui’s audience to reflect on mortality and memorialisation, while Arnold’s research lies at the intersection of technology, death, and social media. Both consider what it means to live and die in the Digital Age.
Presented in partnership with Melbourne Knowledge Week
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Michael Arnold is Associate Professor and Head of Discipline in the History and Philosophy of Science Programme at the University of Melbourne.
Throughout Melbourne-based artist Sui Zhen's discography and performances, the experimental pop and performance artist has zoomed in on the intersections between human life and technology – how to exist in the digital age, as well as the ways in which we risk losing true sight of ourselves in the process. She released her debut album in 2012, Two Seas, however it was her 2015 release Secretly Susan, drawing on dub, lounge and bossa nova influences, explorin digital life’s myriad intersections with the real, that bolstered Sui Zhen’s reputation in the industry as a storyteller and compelling lyrical artist.
How do ideas and art interact, and how does art explore life’s larger themes? Across three exciting lunchtime talks presented in partnership with Melbourne Knowledge Week, we pair artists with an expert from a field related to their creative practice. Expect dynamic discussions exploring different perspectives on some of our most fascinating and provocative ideas, perfect for the curious mind.