UBERMORGEN, Leonardo Impett & Joasia Krysa

UBERMORGEN, No Limit (Andrea & Olivia), 2013. Photo: Nils Klinger

UBERMORGEN, Singapore Psychos, 2013. Photo: Carroll / Fletcher, London, 2013

UBERMORGEN, No Limit (Andrea & Olivia), 2013. Photo: Nils Klinger

Lizvlx (moniker of Elizabeth Haas; b. 1973, Linz, Austria) and Hans Bernhard (b. 1971, New Haven, USA) live and work in Vienna, Austria and St. Moritz, Switzerland, and founded UBERMORGEN in 1995. Over the last 25 years as net.art pioneers and media hackers, they have been widely recognised for their high-risk research into data and matter and polarising social commentary. In 2000, UBERMORGEN reached an audience of 500 million with their satirical website Vote-Auction during the US presidential election, challenging the FBI, CIA and NSA. In 2005, they launched their acclaimed EKMRZ Trilogy, a series of conceptual hacks – Google Will Eat Itself, Amazon Noir and The Sound of eBay. Recent and exhibitions include Whitney Museum, USA (2020); Somerset House, UK (2019); ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany (2017); and Ars Electronica, Austria (2013).

Leonardo Impett is assistant professor of Computer Science at Durham University. He works in the digital humanities, at the intersection of computer vision and art history. He was previously Scientist at the Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute for Art History, Digital Humanities Fellow at Villa I Tatti - the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, and PhD Candidate at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. In trying to bring 'Distant Reading' to art history and visual studies, his current research focuses on unveiling the implicit image-theories of computer vision and constructing new computer vision systems based on early modern philosophies of vision. He is an Associate of Cambridge University Digital Humanities, an Associate Fellow of the Zurich Center for Digital Visual Studies, and an Associate Research at the Orpheus Institute for Artistic Research in Music.

Joasia Krysa is a curator and researcher whose first curatorial software experiment was launched at Tate Modern in 2005 and published in Curating Immateriality (2006). She has curated at the intersection of art and technology, amongst others, as part of the curatorial team for Documenta 13, Artistic Director of Kunsthal Aarhus, Denmark, and co-curator of Liverpool Biennial 2016. She is Professor of Exhibition Research and Head of Art and Design at Liverpool John Moores University. She currently serves as curatorial advisor for Helsinki Biennial 2021 and Sapporo International Art Triennale (SIAF) 2020 in Japan.

UBERMORGEN (Austria/USA), Leonardo Impett (UK/Italy) and Joasia Krysa (Poland/UK) are collaborating on a new commission for LB2021.

Project Description

The Next Biennial Should be Curated by a Machine is an experiment in reimagining the future of curating in the light of Artificial Intelligence, as a self-learning human-machine system. The first iteration of the project is developed as a collaboration between artists UBERMORGEN, digital humanist Leonardo Impett and curator Joasia Krysa, and features a group of technical machine learning processes collectively named B3(TNSCAM). Using various archive materials and datasets from Liverpool Biennial and The Whitney Museum of American Art, B3(TNSCAM) processes them linguistically and semiotically, to generate new variations of possible instances of endless (combinations of) biennials. B3(TNSCAM) is presented online accessible through the websites of Liverpool Biennial and The Whitney Museum of American Art’s online platform artport.

UBERMORGAN, Leo Impett and Joasia Krysa, B3(TNSCAM) (2021) is commissioned by Liverpool Biennial and The Whitney Museum of American Art for their online platform artport, with support from Liverpool John Moores University, Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport of Austria, and the City of Vienna.