5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Sewall Hall 303
HETEROTOPIAS AND CREATIVE PROCESS IN VISUAL ART: ECONOMICS, SOCIETAL ISSUES
AND ALGORITHMIC FUTURE
Houston resident and French native Émilie Duval delves into the creative process as she explores how society organizes space and the people living within its boundaries in order to maximize economic productivity and consumerism. In so doing, she examines societal mechanisms that favor algorithmic decision-making in lieu of human judgment. Questioning the effects of algorithms — and the information they process — on people’s lives, Duval delineates a concept of visual arts and creativity that illustrates the arbitrary nature of the division between art, humanities and sciences.
Duval’s art integrates algorithms, mathematics, and Greek philosophy and French social theory, among other influences, to tease out the economics of power in various societal spaces. Her latest work uses Michel Foucault’s notion of heterotopias. These are spaces governed by rules, conventions and mores that differ from those of the broader society in which they are embedded such as prisons, asylums, spiritual retreats, or even fraternities. Duval exploits this concept to examine and challenge the ways society organizes itself and the population within its boundaries in the digital era. From such richly disparate, abstract concepts, the artist raises questions relevant to each of us as we consider our place in an often self-interested world.
Panel discussion to follow with:
Jacqueline Couti, Ph.D.
Laurence H. Favrot Associate Professor, French Studies, Department of Classical and European Studies; Associate Director, Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality
Jo Nelson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, Wiess School of Natural Sciences
Robert Werth, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology, School of Social Sciences; Faculty, Program in Politics, Law and Social Thought