Artificial Intelligence x Improvisation

Performative Computation is an interdisciplinary symposium and exhibition bridging improvisation and artificial intelligence.

When: Sunday, March 10th, 2019 (One-day only)

Where: Navel (DTLA) 1611 South Hope Street, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Time: Doors open 12pm

SYMPOSIUM: 12:30-6:30pm

Presentations, talks, demos and panels.
Lunch is provided.

Presentations and facilitated conversations will explore: human improvisation, embodied computation, machine intelligence, data architectures, algorithmic accessibility, choreographic scores and machine-assisted, musical improvisation.

Following the symposium is an art exhibition reception, which includes performances and screenings, featuring majority female-identifying artists whose work explores AI and embodied improvisation and critical data practices.


Zena Bibler (PhD Candidate, Dept. of World Arts and Cultures, UCLA)
Alison D’Amato (Assistant Professor, USC)
Alfred Darlington (aka Daedelus)
Brian Getnick (Performance Artist + Founder, PAM Residencies)
Joshua Gomez (Head of Dept. of Information Studies, UCLA)
Shelleen Greene (Assistant Professor, UCLA)
Catherine Griffin (PhD Candidate, Media Arts + Practice, USC)
Nicholas Meehan (Researcher, Xerox Parc)
Parag Mital (CEO, The Garden in the Machine + CTO, Mogees, HyperSurfaces)
Darrian O’Reilly (Independent Choreographer)
Surabhi Saraf (Artist, Founder Center for Emotional Materiality)
Sara Schnadt (Senior Lead User Experience Designer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
Jessica Rajko (Assistant Professor, Arizona State University)
Moderators: Dr. Roxane Fenton, Selwa Sweidan

Alisa Andrasek
Sarah Rosalena Brady
Rebecca Bruno in collaboration with Flora Wiegmann, Alison D'Amato, Yann Novak and Justin Streichman
Symrin Chawla
Joana Chicau and Jonathan Reus
Alm Chung
Lucky Dragons
Simone Forti
Linda Franke
Julieta Gil and Kate Parsons
Catherine Griffiths
Maya Gurantz
Ben Hooker and Jenny Rodenhouse with Tim Durfee
Laura Hyunjhee Kim
Lynn Hershman Leeson
Lucky Dragons
Kristin McWharter
Parag Mital
Ron Morrison
Silas Munro
Godiva Veliganilao Reisenbichler
Surabhi Saraf
Selwa Sweidan
Nicci Yin



Founded by Selwa Sweidan Performative Computation is a platform which bridges computational practices and the arts. Through talks, performances, workshops, and exhibitions, Performative Computation supports experimental practice and dialogue. We strive for intersectional programming featuring majority female-identifying and non-binary presenters and participants. Our aim is to inclusively cross-fertilize methods and inquiry between the arts, sciences and humanities.

Created and curated by Selwa Sweidan
Laura Darlington, Exhibition Co-curator
Hosted by Navel




March 11, 2019 at 12:30am - 6:30am
1611 S Hope St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
United States
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