Deep Fakes: Art and Its Double 

  • From 28/06/2023 09:35 to 28/06/2023 10:50

Sarah Kenderdine

Professor Sarah Kenderdine leads a team of software engineers, artists, and curators, at the forefront of interactive and immersive experiences for galleries, libraries, archives and museums. She has created over 90 exhibitions and installations for museums worldwide. In 2017, Sarah was appointed professor at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland where she has built the Laboratory for Experimental Museology (eM+), exploring the convergence of imaging technologies, immersive visualisation, digital aesthetics and cultural (big) data. Sarah is the inaugural director and lead curator of EPFL Pavilions, an art/science initiative located in a seminal Kengo Kumar building. In 2020 and 2022, she was named in the Museum Influencer List 2020 – The Power 10 by Blooloop and, Switzerland’s Top 100 Digital Shapers by Bilanz in 2020 and 2021.  In 2021, Sarah was appointed corresponding fellow of The British Academy (FBA).

Few fields of knowledge are as concerned with the authenticity and provenance of objects as those of museology, curating and collecting. Few domains are as likely to express outrage to fakes as those of Art History. And yet these copies continue to pervade our world, from the art market to fashion to education and exhibition, these replicas of the real have influences we often find hard to articulate. Deep Fakes: Art and Its Double takes up the challenge to pose crucial questions about the potency of digital replicas to absorb audiences in enduring emotional encounters with universal art treasures. 
The presentation begins by outlining some of the core theoretical considerations arising from the application of high-fidelity digital technologies to cultural heritage. The discussion then shifts to examine a series of museum installations that illustrate the themes.