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The Performative Computation Symposium  & Exhibition on March 10th, 2019 intersects improvisation, artificial intelligence (AI) and creative computation.

Sunday, March 10th, 2019 at NAVEL
1611 South Hope St., Los Angeles, CA, USA
Symposium (Tickets, $30)
Exhibition Reception (FREE)

Symposium topics explore a breadth of cross-disciplinary thinking to bridge embodied and computational practices. Speakers will present talks and demos on human improvisation, embodied computation, machine intelligence, data architectures, algorithmic accessibility, choreographic scores, and machine-assisted improvisation.


Part I: Symposium (12:30pm-6:30pm)
14 talks, 2 panels and 1 movement exercise.

Part II: Exhibition & Screenings (7pm-9pm)
Following the symposium is a reception for the art exhibition, including performances and screenings, featuring majority female-identifying artists whose work explores AI and embodied improvisation.


Zena Bibler + Darrian O'Reilly
Alison D’Amato
Alfred Darlington  
Dr. Roxanne Fenton (Moderator)
Brian Getnick
Joshua Gomez
Shelleen Greene  
Catherine Griffiths
Nicholas Meehan
Parag Mital
Jessica Rajko  
Surabhi Saraf
Sara Schnadt


Alisa Andrasek
Sarah Rosalena Brady
Rebecca Bruno
Symrin Chawla
Joana Chicau and Jonathan Reus
Alice Chung
Linda Franke
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


Performative Computation is a platform which intersects 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.


Selwa Sweidan is an artist, designer and researcher of emerging technologies. Her work investigates embodied methodologies and intelligent systems. She has conducted R&D across multiple sectors, including future automated air traffic, smart homes, and olfactory technology. As an educator, she teaches at Santa Monica College’s Bachelor IxD program. Selwa attained her BA from Smith College and an MFA (STEM) from ArtCenter College of Design.

Exhibitions Co-curator Laura Darlington is a visual artist and musician. She studied at Smith College – where she met Performative Computation founder Selwa Sweidan – and Otis College of Art & Design. Darlington has previously co-curated majority-female group exhibitions with Sweidan at Artificial Knowing in downtown Los Angeles and The Nook Gallery in Inglewood, CA.


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