»Training the Archive« (2020-2023) has ended. We say THANK YOU!

First and foremost, we would like to express our gratitude to all the wonderful persons who made »Training the Archive« possible.

Many thanks to Hannes Bajohr, Nick Couldry, Elisa Giardina Papa, Adam Harvey, Mar Hicks, Mél Hogan, Moritz Ibing, Maya Indira Ganesh, Leif Kobbelt, Isaak Lim, Ulises Mejias, Matteo Pasquinelli, Gabriel Pereira, Anna Ridler, Alexa Steinbrück, Giulia Taurino, Magda Tyżlik-Carver for contributing to our publication, as well as to all peer reviewers for their helpful comments. We extend our thanks to the curators who we interviewed about their practice, as well as to the colleagues who tested »The Curator’s Machine«: Galina Dekova, Raffael Dörig, Severin Dünser, Anna Fricke, Joasia Krysa, Marie Lechner, Janice Mitchell, Daniel Muzyczuk, Lisa Oord, Kasia Redzisz, Nora Riediger, Ana Sophie Salazar, Tina Sauerländer, Sabine Maria Schmidt, and Xiaoyu Weng. Furthermore, we thank Eva Cetinić, Vincent Christlein, Geoff Cox, Katrin Glinka, Sybille Krämer, Mattis Kuhn, Roland Meyer, Fabian Offert, Tillmann Ohm, Gaia Tedone, and Yvonne Zindel for their contributions to the »Art & Algorithms« conference, as well as Mads Pankow for moderating, Anna Burst for the music, and Off Office for their sensitive approach to the visual design of the project.

We gratefully acknowledge all the (current and former) employees of Ludwig Forum Aachen who supported the realization of this project in numerous ways: Sonja Benzner, Esther Boehle, Marie Gentges, Mailin Haberland, Fanny Hauser, Nadine Henn, Feodora Heupel, Maren Hoch, Miriam Kroll, Annette Lagler, Holger Otten, Stefanie Wagner, and Julia Zeh. We would also like to thank the City of Aachen and the Department of Cultural Affairs; in particular Sabine Gerhards, Jaroslaw Gussmann, Jana Härter, Markus Hartmeier, Dieter Haubrich, Barbara Jakubowski, Nico Kaczmarczyk, Yvonne Knauff, Peter Marbaise, Olaf Müller, Claudia Nadenau, Ulli Nellessen, Dagmar Neuner, Nico Rüttgers, Jana Schampera, Irit Tirtey, Werner Wassenberg, Michael Weihmann, and Werner Wosch.

From among our partners HMKV Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund and the Visual Computing Institute of RWTH Aachen University we would like to thank Simone Czech, ANN-Kathrin Drews, Tim Elsner, Sabrina Fiedler, Moritz Ibing, David Kleinekottmann, Johanna Knott, Leif Kobbelt, Isaak Lim, Mathias Meis, Katharina Priestley, Marian Schneider, and all the collaborators, scientists and innovators we had the pleasure of meeting at conferences, on Zoom calls, and in exciting conversations within the »Digital Culture« program, such as Bálint Alpári, Marina Bauernfeind, Johannes Bernhardt, Dominik Busch, Jonas Carstens, Lena tom Dieck, Alina Fuchte, Tabea Golgath, Margarethe Grad-Hamburg, Joachim Haenicke, Miriam Hausner, Yannick Hofmann, Leonardo Impett, Harald Klinke, Martin Lätzel, MIREVI, Clemens Neudecker, Hedda Roman, Thomas Rost, Ben Scheffler, Jan Sölter, Sonja Thiel, Dusan Totovic, Maximilian Westphal, and Sonja Wunderlich.

Finally, »Training the Archive« could not have been realized without the generous funding of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation); special thanks to Sara Holstein, Juliane Köber, Christopher Krause, Julia Mai, Fabian Märtin, Marie-Kristin Meier, Stephanie Regenbrecht, Sandra Rutke, and Julian Stahl for the collaboration.

Dominik Bönisch, research project manager of »Training the Archive«, extends his gratitude to Inke Arns, Eva Birkenstock, and Francis Hunger for their trust, advice, and support at every step of this project.

»Training the Archive« (2020–2023) is a research project that explores the possibilities and risks of AI in relation to the automated structuring of museum collection data to support curatorial practice and artistic production.

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