Core Team

Matteo Pasquinelli, PhD
Professor in Media Philosophy, HfG Karlsruhe
Scientific coordinator, VW Stiftung project at KIM HfG

Pasquinelli is Professor in Media Philosophy at the University of Arts and Design, Karlsruhe, where he is coordinating the research group on Artificial Intelligence and Media Philosophy KIM. He edited the anthology Alleys of Your Mind: Augmented Intelligence and Its Traumas (Meson Press) and, with Vladan Joler, the visual essay ‘The Nooscope Manifested: AI as Instrument of Knowledge Extractivism’ (nooscope.ai). His research focuses on the intersection of cognitive sciences, digital economy and machine intelligence. For Verso Books he is preparing a monograph on the history of AI titled The Eye of the Master.

matteopasquinelli.org


Max Grünberg
Assistant to the Chair in Media Philosophy, HfG Karlsruhe
PhD student HfG Karlsruhe

Grünberg is the project coordinator of the VW Stiftung project and PhD candidate at the KIM research group on critical artificial intelligence at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. In his PhD project he investigates the role of algorithmic systems for the complexity management of marketless economies. His research interests encompass the fields of science and technology studies, history of science, political economy, as well as critical AI studies. Prior to his engagement at KIM he studied cultural anthropology and computer science in Berlin at Humboldt University, where he also cofounded the independent theory space Diffrakt and curates the event series “Machine Dreams”.

PhD outline / maxgruenberg.de


Arif Kornweitz
Research associate, VW Stiftung project at KIM HfG
PhD Student HfG Karlsruhe

Kornweitz is a research associate and PhD candidate at the KIM research group on critical artificial intelligence at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, where he investigates the history of conflict prediction and the application of machine learning in the humanitarian sector, focusing on (in)compatibilities between AI ethical standards and humanitarian ethics, and the principle of ‘first, do no harm’. Kornweitz holds a MSc in Conflict Resolution and Governance from the University of Amsterdam, he is a lecturer at the Basic Year and DesignLab departments of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, and has been a guest lecturer at Iceland University, Sandberg Instituut, ArtEZ Arnhem, University of Arts and Design Karlsruhe, and Design Academy Eindhoven. He also is the co-founder of the online radio initiative Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee, a platform for contemporary art, with which he currently holds a fellowship of Kunsthal Gent.

PhD outline  /  arifkornweitz.com


Mariana Silva
PhD Student HfG Karlsruhe

Silva is PhD candidate at the KIM research group on critical artificial intelligence at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, where she is developing the PhD project Visualizing Extinction on the relation between the technical image and the scientific concept of species extinction. Visualizing Extinction considers the “media of extinction” in the face of changing technology, evolving conceptions of nature, and the management of endangered species within larger systems of knowledge and power. Silva will look into contemporary practices of animal biologging, genetic analysis of historical natural history collections, and artificial intelligence used to process data from camera traps as case-studies. Visualizing Extinction aims to provide a matrix to inquire on the relations, similarities, and distinctions between tecnical image production in both the 20th and 21st centuries and the construction of catastrophism and deep time. Silva is also an artist working with video, co-founder of inhabitants-tv.org, and has previously worked at e-flux journal.

        PhD outline


Paolo Caffoni
Research associate, VW Stiftung project at KIM HfG
PhD Student HfG Karlsruhe

Caffoni is a research associate and PhD candidate at the KIM research group on critical artificial intelligence at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. His doctoral project focuses on the methodologies of Naoki Sakai and Antonio Gramsci, investigating practices of translation among different media as a process of encounter between political subjectivities. His research interests include practices of critical pedagogy, the digitization of higher education, translation and mobility studies. Caffoni is faculty member of NABA – New Academy of Fine Arts Milan and was part of the curatorial team of the Second Yinchuan Biennale (China 2018). He also is editor of Berlin based publishing house Archive Books and of exhibition and public program at Archive Kabinett.

PhD outlineacademia.edu


Sascha Freyberg
Research fellow, VW Stiftung project at KIM HfG
PhD student, Heidelberg University
Visiting Predoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

Freyberg is research fellow of the KIM group with a grant by the Bertold Moos foundation. He studied cultural sciences and philosophy in Hagen and Berlin and is now Doctoral candidate at Ruprecht-Karls University Heidelberg with a thesis on the configurational logic of cultural inquiry. He is managing editor for Verum Factum: Studies and Sources on Political Epistemology (EOA book series) and member of the MPG-partner group The Water City at CFU Venice. For the KIM group he organised the Breaking Models Workshop at MPIWG Berlin. His research interests are in the history and philosophy of culture and science and historical epistemology.


Ariana Dongus (on leave)
Assistant to the Chair in Media Philosophy, HfG Karlsruhe
PhD student HfG Karlsruhe

PhD outline / arianadongus.com


Associate Researchers

Adam Harvey
Research associate, VW Stiftung project at KIM HfG

ahprojects.com


Fabian Offert, PhD
Research associate, VW Stiftung project at KIM HfG

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Students

George MacBeth
Course assistant (HiWi), Student HfG Karlsruhe

MacBeth is is a writer, editor, and critic, currently researching as part of the KIM research group at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. His criticism and short fiction has appeared in various outlets including PartisanHotel, Tribune Magazine, and Asymptote]. At KIM he is pursuing his ongoing research into the epistemic and political connections obtaining between the ‘aesthetics of administration’ in post-70s conceptual art, the continuing embellishment of combinatorial and algorithmic procedures in avant-gardist poetics, and the ‘unnatural language generation’ of corporate NLP and NLG ‘foundation models’. He works as an editor for Asymptote journal, the leading online outlet for world literature in English translation, and UMBAU, the in-house art theory journal of the HfG in Karlsruhe, and is a regular contributor to the film revue podcast Muub Tube.


Guillermo Collado Wilkins 
Student HfG Karlsruhe

Collado Wilkins is a theorist and artist, currently researching as part of the KIM research group at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. He holds a BEc and has specialised in heterodox economics and planning, a topic on which he was a guest lecturer at the UBI summer school in Barcelona. In Barcelona he also worked in the field of natural language processing and AI analytics for the public sector, later using this experience at HfG Karlsruhe, where he has also worked as a guest lecturer on critical studies into digital technologies. His artistic work has been exhibited in cities such as Barcelona, Berlin, and Athens. He is currently carrying out situated research in the northern Spanish region of Navarre, where he is looking at environmental agency and planning, as part of æ(æ), a collective he cofounded.


Women in Computation Collective
Carmen Westermaier, Emma-Lilo Keller, Ulrike Bawarnietz, Vanessa BoschStudents HfG Karlsruhe

Christopher von Frankenberg
Course assistant (HiWi), Student HfG Karlsruhe

Barbara Acevedo Strange and Simon Knebl 
Student HfG Karlsruhe (KIM logo design)

Florian Walzel, MA
Web designer


Alumnae/i

Franziska Vogel
Student HfG Karlsruhe

Philipp Ernst
Student HfG Karlsruhe

Daniel Seiler
Student HfG Karlsruhe

Moritz Nebenfuehr
Student HfG Karlsruhe

Felix Buchholz
Student HfG Karlsruhe

Vincent Herrmann
Student HMDK Stuttgart
vincentherrmann.github.io

Simon Zimmerman
Student HMDK Stuttgart

Patrick Nicklaus
Student KIT Karlsruhe 

Anina Rubin
Student HfG Karlsruhe
anina.land

Fabio Iapaolo
HfG Karlsruhe Alumnus,  PhD student Polytechnic University of Turin

Lukas Rehm
Student HfG Karlsruhe Alumnus

Michail Rybakov
HfG Karlsruhe Alumnus
rybakov.com

Daniel Neumann
HfG Karlsruhe  Alumnus, PhD Humboldt University Berlin