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In active response to the novel coronavirus and its unfolding, we offer ArtSci PARTICLES interviews with members of our concentric network. We are deeply inspired by the thoughts, actions, and research-based responses made by our community in this unprecedented time. 



In this episode we are joined by Karamjit S. Gill, Founder and Editor of AI&Society. Gill discusses his journey with AI&Society how efforts were focused on filling a vital gap – one that was leaving people in marginalized communities out of the dialogue for social context surrounding art, science and technology. Since then, his work as a Professor and Editor have continued to foster the development and structure needed for people from diverse backgrounds and disciplines to come together and share ideas. He considers the pandemic to be a pause that still invites us all together to talk about critical issues and bridge these gaps of distances. His advice to media students and artists during this time is to engage with technology for what it can do for you, and not what you can do with it.
This is a very special conversation and is not to be missed.

Karamjit S Gill is Professor Emeritus, University of Brighton (UK), Founding Editor of AI&Society Journal (Springer), Visiting Professor at the University of Wales (UK), Urbino (Italy), Waterford Institute of Technology (Ireland), Beijing Academy of Soft Technology (China), and Symbiotic Network-IIT Mumbai, Delhi University, Arizona State University and UCLA (USA), Universities at Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Cybernetics Network, Santiago (Chile) and ATA Lima (Peru). Karamjit is the Founding Chair of the International INSYTE-CRL laboratory at Waterford Institute of Technology, Republic of Ireland, and is a member of the Advisory Panel of the Artificial Intelligence for Societal Good Challenge of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). Over the years he has directed cross-cultural research networks, including EU-India cross-cultural innovation network (EU); Europe-Japan network on human-centred systems; European postgraduate and doctoral research network in human centred systems (EU), Knowledge, culture and artificial intelligence network (EU); New Technology and Adult Literacy (EU); Computer Aided Animated Arts Theatre (CAAAT) Project and the Europe-Japan human centred systems (NTT Data, Japan-1990s); Culture, Language and Artificial Intelligence (COST-EC/Sweden). He has been the founding Series Editor of the Human Centred Systems Society Book Series (Springer) He is also actively involved in the Community-University Partnership in social mentoring encompassing art, music and craft therapeutic environment and co-production. At Cambridge, he is involved with the Interdisciplinary Performance Research Network, The 'Re-' Interdisciplinary Network, Cambridge Digital Humanities Network, AI Community, and Cambridge Community Arts. At the European level, he is collaborating with, a European enterprise in Compliance.

Reflections on Five Decades of social and cultural innovation 1970s - 2020s

Reflecting upon the evolution of the AI&Society journal, the paper asks how do we grapple with the uncertainties and risks of virtual connectedness and figure them out so that we can cultivate hope? How do we avoid becoming part of the big data scenery, striving for the utility calculator not knowing what it is for? How do we reframe research agendas to place at their core, the inter-relationship between the social, cultural, community and economic contexts? And how do we revisit humanity and counter balance the high tech utopia of AI?

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Brighton Parosi

Brighton PAROSI established a cross-cultural communication network for language and life skill learning for women from minority communities in Brighton,. The network was supported by and linked to local universities of Sussex and Brighton, local education centres, Learning resources of University of Brighton (then Brighton Polytechnic), local volunteers, friends and families of women students, and the national BBC program, PAROSI. The focus of the network was learning through socialisation and facilitation of inter-cultural dialogue and communication.

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Brighton Parosi not only became a catalyst for setting up a European pilot on Literacy and Skill, it also laid the foundation of the CAAAT project which then became a lunching pad of setting up the SEAKE Centre in early 1980s and the launch of AI&Society in late 1980s. What started as a local multi-cultural initiative in Brighton during 1970s, now lives in spirit and deed in the form of AI&Society in 2020s.
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Figure 2 shows the holonic model and communication structure of PAROSI-European Pilot- CAAAT Project, facilitated by a network of social partners, involving local universities of Brighton, Friends Centre Brighton (adult literacy centre), local Federation of Disabled People, Manpower Services Commission (employment funding agency of British Govt.), and Social fund of the European Commission.

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Over the next three decades, following the foundation of Brighton PAROSI in 1976, the evolution of human-centredness saw the setting up of the CAAAT project and establishment of the SEAKE Centre. SEAKE acted as hub for European research network on the Swedish led EU project on Language, Culture and Artificial Intelligence during 1980s, the establishment of an ERASMUS Network: European Postgraduate Network in Human Centred System during 1990s, the cultivation of an EU-Japan research network in anthropocentric systems in 1990s, and the formation of the EU-India research networks in cross-cultural innovation in late 1990s (fig.3). 
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AI & Society: Knowledge, Culture and Communication
Is an International Journal publishing refereed scholarly articles, position papers, debates, short communications, and reviews of books and other publications. Established in 1987, the Journal focuses on societal issues including the design, use, management, and policy of information, communications and new media technologies, with a particular emphasis on cultural, social, cognitive, economic, ethical, and philosophical implications.


FROM THE GREAT PAUSE PROJECT: "We are compiling a crowd-sourced story of your COVID-19 experience to share diverse perspectives of this important moment in history.

As we archive and record this period in time, you are contributing to a worldwide narrative. To tell your story, we created a platform that consists of the multiplicity of voices on this Earth. Your submission is planned to be planted on the Moon in 2022 as well as a digital repository with several time capsules distributed on Earth. Participate in 3 easy steps!

Step 1: Share your thoughts! // (9 questions)

Step 2: Take a photo from your window! // (upload here)

Step 3: Help us compile images of COVID-19 // (upload here)

Your responses will be anonymous and archived on our digital open-source platform to inform social sciences and the arts."

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30 May
A Mini-Hackathon

11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Facilitated by Isabel Beavers, CLIMATE CHAMBER (CC) is a mini & virtual hackathon convening artists, scientists, technologists, designers and other creatives to ignite new collaborative projects that address climate through technology and art.

Climate chambers can be used to simulate the conditions of an unknown environment in order to test and experiment. In our CLIMATE CHAMBER (CC), participants test new collaborative arrangements to inspire radical use of technology and art in the face of climate change. Cross-disciplinary teams will ideate and design new, remote, collaborative projects that imagine-art-and-tech based solutions to climate challenges while testing remote processes of teamwork.

This participatory social experiment embodies the processes of art-sci collaboration utilized by the artists in Re-Fest’s Artificial Ecologies thread, curated by Isabel Beavers. It aims to break open existing modes of teamwork and, in this fracture, formulate various small resistances.

The winning team, to be announced on May 31st, will receive a $150 honorarium and a feature in UCLA ArtSci PARTICLES, an online series of short interviews. 

This hackathon is a part of Re-Fest LA 2020, taking place entirely online. Click here to view the full schedule and line-up of Re-Fest. Please click the button below to register for the hackathon.
CLOSES 30 June

Biofaction is seeking applications for new Artist in Residence programmes. Four artists will be invited to work for four to six weeks at various laboratories across Europe. The residencies will start in Fall 2020 and will conclude in May 2021. They will be held in two parts, and the exact dates will be set by taking both artist and laboratory schedules into account, and with an eye to the situation in each locale (e.g. travel, safety regulations etc.).
As an artist in residence, you will actively engage with scientists working on one of three Synthetic Biology related projects that delve into fascinating areas: plant molecular farming, new-to-nature reactions, and cell factories. We welcome applications from artistsdesignersbiohackersmusicians, or other cultural practitioners who want to carry out artistic work with biological media. The collaborating laboratories will make sure to provide space and personal interaction for mutual exchange with the artists. Biofaction is responsible for organising and curating the residencies. At the end of the residency programmes all works and/or their processes will be documented and compiled in form of a book, initiated by Biofaction and co-created together with the participating artists and scientists.

For each artist, a stipend of up to 7000 € is provided by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation projects MADONNANEWCOTIANA and SINFONIA. It covers travel, local expenses, living allowance as well as (partial) support for the production and showcasing of the artistic prototype or finished work.




Our friends at Leonardo are offering virtual space, creative platforms and partnership to facilitate socially connecting, even while physically distancing. This includes a curated reading list of free articles from Leonardo journal, virtual LASER programming and community resources
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