RANI: Room for AlterNative Intelligences

RANI is a Room for AlterNative Intelligences. As an expanding digital space, RANI houses research resources, curated dialogues and multi-modal sketches from ongoing processes of artistic research with a keen focus on alternatives to dominant modes of knowledge production.

Roshni Bhatia | Alistair Debling | Kiran Kumar

Concept Note

Where could children mess with deep machine learning? Where would indigenous technologies queer digital encounters? Across the disciplines of art, science, anthropology, philosophy and technology, we find countless examples of local, embodied and critical ways of knowing that rub up against globally and rationally dominant modes of knowledge production. Let’s provide a name and space for these counter currents in intelligence: RANI is a Room for AlterNative Intelligences. As an expanding digital space, RANI houses research resources, curated dialogues and multi-modal sketches from ongoing projects in artistic research, with a focus on alternative intelligences.

Practitioners from various disciplines are invited to co-habit RANI for a stipulated duration during which they share resources, stimulate dialogues and engage in individual and collaborative studio practices. These co-habitations intend to nurture a mutually supportive research environment that ruptures the cocoon of individual artistic residencies and moves us towards solidarity across artistic projects.

The inaugural prototype of RANI is a cumulation of three rooms:

‘Garden of Intelligent Delight’ grows out of feeding predictive machine learning to children’s drawings; hosting artist and art therapist Roshni Bhatia.

‘K(not) a Conversation’ draws from systems of Quipu knotting indigenous to Inka women to develop physical and virtual installations for social encounter; hosting media artist Thomas Heidtmann, technologist Ambika Joshi and material-textile designer Nayeli Vega Vargas.

‘Give me a Sign’ joins hand gestures from ancient Indian dance practices with Machine Learning to make an interactive storytelling tool; hosting composer Shayekh Mohammad Arif, tech-artist Diane Edwards, and anti-disciplinary-artist Upasana Nattoji Roy.

RANI, and its constituent rooms, can be accessed here via the holding room: https://hubs.mozilla.com/r3RSkv5/RANI

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