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Pinar Yoldas (UC San Diego)

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 4:00 P.M.
CSE 1202 on the UCSD campus

Abstract:

Causality is broken: Can we fix it with art & design?

Drinking water from a plastic bottle kills a marine bird somewhere, buying tomatoes grown in a greenhouse in Spain murders a whale, having perch for lunch impoverishes a child in Lake Victoria, driving your car to the gym deprives a polar bear of its habitat, an intercontinental flight to visit your parents in motherland deprives shelled fish of their shell.

Causality, the relation between cause and effect, is the brain’s way of organizing data and we are hardwired to perceive causality. In the age of the anthropocene causality is broken. In this talk, Dr.Yoldas will present the Kitty AI: Artificial Intelligence for Governance, Global Warming Hot Yoga Studio, an Ecosystem of Excess and other artworks as case studies to approach causality, imperceptibility and the Anthropocene as a problem of aesthetics.

Biography:

Pinar Yoldas is an infradisciplinary designer/artist/researcher. Her work develops within biological sciences and digital technologies through architectural installations, kinetic sculpture, sound, video and drawing with a focus on post-humanism, eco-nihilism, anthropocene and feminist technoscience. Her work has been shown internationally. Pinar is a 2015 John Simon Guggenheim Fellow in the Fine Arts and a 2016 FEAT Future Emerging Arts and Technologies Award recipient. She holds degrees in architecture (BArch), communication design (MA), computer science (MS), design & media arts (MFA) and received her Ph.D. at Duke University. Pinar joined the UC San Diego Visual Arts Department at the start of 2018.

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