Mushon Zer-Aviv - The Turing normalizing machine (2013)
Mushon Zer-Aviv ©

Abnormal Automation: a Speculative Workshop

The future of art involves artificial intelligence. Mushon Zer-Aviv will share his knowledge and know-how on this topic at Waag. This workshop can help you develop existing creative ideas, and also spark some new ones. The workshop will open with a set of provocations, including references from art, design, science and philosophy. Participants will then experiment with methods for ​​creating scenario narratives, and learn to anticipate friction as an opportunity for conceptualising new artistic interventions in AI.

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10:00-12:30 Theoretical part
12:30-14:00 Light lunch
14:00-16:30 Interactive part

The workshop is in English and costs 15 euros including snacks and a light lunch.

Please note: access to the workshop can only be granted if your valid QR code in the CoronaCheck-app has been scanned.

The focus will be on questions critical to Anticipatory Design, inquiring: 

  • What is worth automating? What is not?
  • How do we avoid the status quo bias amplified by this technology?
  • What past data do we feed the future? What data do we leave in the past?
  • How can art affect change in society's adoption of AI?
  • Who is allowed to anticipate through Anticipatory Design?

Mushon Zer-Aviv's love/hate relationship with data informs his design work, art pieces, activism and research.

Mushon Zer-Aviv works in Tel Aviv as a designer, researcher, educator and media activist. Mushon is an alumni of Eyebeam – an art and technology center in New York. He teaches digital media as a senior faculty member at Shenkar School of Engineering and Design. Previously, he taught new media research at NYU and Open Source design at Parsons the New School of Design and in Bezalel Academy of Art & Design. Read him at and follow him at @mushon.

Mushon Zer-Aviv is well-known for projects as: 

  • The Normalizing Machine — an interactive installation that experiments with machine learning and investigates algorithmic prejudice
  • — inviting participants to become meta-tourists by providing a tour of Gaza through the streets of Tel Aviv
  • AdNauseam — clicking ads so you don't have to
  • Kriegspiel — a computer game version of the Situationist Game of War
  • — a foxy design studio


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This workshop is part of Expedition: future and European ARTificial Intelligence Lab.








De Waag, Amsterdam