The artists’ talk will offer the exploration of new ways of visualising the future, that take AI as allies, while being developed in full knowledge of their limitations.

Ana María’s work RolePlay is an interesting association between physical engagement of participants in the long run and digital reality creation within video-games that allow for new forms of visualisation of the future. Ana María Millán has worked in several contexts with role-play, a very strong method at the basis of the collaborative elaboration of video games (including with the feminists involved in the peace process in Colombia)

Sonya’s work reimagines where the centre is located in fictional narratives of the future. She combines Ancient myths with speculative world building through the lens of science fiction. Hailing Frequencies Open (HFO), her current body of work, combines social justice with speculation, fantasy with the political.

The artists talk shall address issues such as speculative fictions, mythologies, world building, Black female subjectivities as well as the actual liberatory potential of tech and its limitation and biases.

Dr. Sonya Dyer is an artist and writer from London. She is a Somerset House Studios Resident and was aUK Associate Artist at the DelfinaFoundation and a finalist for the Arts Foundation Futures Award in 2021. She is an alum of Whitney Museum of American Art: Independent Study Program. Dyer’s practice reimagines where the centre is located in narratives of the future. Recent projects include 13 Ways of Looking (Herbert Museum and Galleries, 2021), Art Night London (2021), Rewriting The Future, (Site Gallery, 2019) Or, Dark Fecundity, (The Centre for Afrofuturist Studies, USA, 2018), and The Claudia Jones Space Station (BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and The NewBridge Project, Newcastle, 2017). Dyer is also a writer and commentator on art and culture. Hailing Frequencies Open (HFO), her current body of work, combines social justice with speculation, fantasy with the political.

Ana María Millán was born in 1975 in Cali, Colombia, and currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Millán received her MA Fine Arts from Chelsea College of Art and Design, London in 2012. Millán’s work addresses the politics of animation and fiction in relation to digital cultures and subcultures, violence, gender, and political propaganda. She has developed techniques based on traditional role-playing games to create similar dynamics that result in films and animations. She explores topics such as amateur culture, pop culture, sound territories, and technology, incorporating the possibility of errors in rehearsals. Her work locates a personal and sceptical voice in the narrative spaces of video, investigating different forms of transmission of information in relation to subcultures, ideas of violence, and exclusory discourses. Speaking from local stories, Millán harnesses the possibilities and mistakes typical of rehearsals, as well as incorporating narrative forms that are considered dysfunctional.

Her work has been shown at the 13th Gwangju Biennale (2021); Art Encounters Biennial, Timișoara (2019); Ana María Millán, A Solo Exhibition, Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam (2017); Immortality for All, Savvy Contemporary, Berlin (2016); Frío en Colombia, Archivo General de la Nación, Bogotá (2015); Auto-Kino! presented by Phil Collins, Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin (2009); and I Still Believe in Miracles—Part I and II, Musée d’Art Modernede la Ville de Paris (2005).

Ségolène Pruvot is Cultural Director of European Alternatives and coordinator of Room to Bloom. Ségolène curated, managed and coordinated artistic projects in several European countries, including Transeuropa Festival. She currently works as partner on the Horizon2020 Artsformation project focused on how arts can help manage the digital transition in contemporary societies. Ségolène is a Doctor in Urban Sociology. In the course of her academic career and professional life, she specialised on the exploration of the intersection between arts, the city and social change.