We Need to Talk, AI

Julia Schneider, Lena Kadriye Ziyal
Julia Schneider, Lena Kadriye Ziyal
We Need to Talk, AI

7–24 July 2020

Aksioma | Project Space, Ljubljana

In the framework of program Akcija!

In 30 years, will robots do all the unpleasant work for us? Or will they subjugate us to become submissive slaves? The debates on how Artificial Intelligence (AI) will change our lives move between these extremes. There is no doubt that the change will be dramatic. Maybe now is just the right time to start interfering.

This pioneering comic essay on AI invites you on an illustrated journey through the dimensions and implications of the groundbreaking technology. Discussing important chances and risks associated with AI, this work is a creative stimulus for insiders of the subject as well as an invitation for newbies to get informed and join the debate.

With a doctorate in economics, Julia Schneider appreciates data and code as tools for solving complex puzzles – and loves comics as a medium for telling complex stories. Coming from the opposite direction, artist Lena Kadriye Ziyal loves encrypting complexity with associations and thereby expands the meaning of a theme with her perspective.


Streaming interview
Monday, 26 October 2020 at 5 pm (CET)

In the conversation Nika Mahnič and the author Dr. Julia Schneider took us through a number of issues covered in the comic essay and other AI-related topics.

How do we make computer science more attentive to the issue of minorities and the poor? Are some institutions better left undigitized? Is banning certain technologies a necessary solution, or is it just feeding our paranoia? On a free market, is that even possible? Should we renew our conceptions of privacy? Join the streaming and listen to some interesting takes on artificial intelligence and the dilemmas posed by its rapid rise.

In the framework of konS – Platform for Contemporary Investigative Art


► The original English version of the comic book was published by Dr. Julia Schneider and is available HERE. Aksioma published the Slovenian translation.


Dr. Julia Schneider is an independent consultant for Artificial Intelligence and a member of the scientifi c committee of VDEI Association of the Exoskeleton Industry e.V. She received her doctorate in economics from the Free University Berlin for her research on the effects of the 2005 German labor market reforms on welfare recipients` behavior and health.
After that, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the fi eld of empirical labor market and innovation research and as senior data strategist.

Lena Kadriye Ziyal is part of the collectively run content and graphic design agency Infotext in Berlin. She creates design concepts, infographics, icons and illustrations. Lena studied visual communication and graphic arts at Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee, the University of Arts (UdK) in Berlin and at the Marmara University Istanbul. Before joining Infotext she worked as a freelance graphic designer and visual artist.


Production: Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana 2020
Supported by: the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Municipality of Ljubljana

Published by: Aksioma – Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana 2020
Co-published and distributed by: Mladinski kulturni center Maribor
In the framework of: konS – Platform for Contemporary Investigative Art
The project konS – Platform for Contemporary Investigative Art was chosen on the public call for the selection of the operations “Network of Investigative Art and Culture Centres”. The investment is co-financed by the Republic of Slovenia and by the European Regional Development Fund of the European Union.

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