Working Paper #7 published in English and German

Credit: Francis Hunger
Photo: Detail of the cover of Working Paper No. 7. Design: Francis Hunger.

As part of the Working Paper publication format, the seventh, and last title »‘From Keras Import Curating’ – An Empirical Study on the Application of Curatorial Practice to Machine Learning Models« by Dominik Bönisch (Ludwig Forum Aachen) and Francis Hunger (HMKV HartwareMedienKunstVerein, Dortmund) is published. A German language version has also appeared here.

The Working Paper evaluates eleven interviews with professional curators conducted for the project Training the Archive. From the interviews, a series of personas were derived that provided insight into the needed functionality of the Curator’s Machine and led to corresponding changes in the prototypes. The text then highlights, on the one hand, curatorial approaches that can be realized with the Curator’s Machine, including systems of non/order and databases, the process of selection and thinking in terms of configurations and categories, as well as a reflection on the used data basis. On the other hand, curatorial approaches that are not feasible or only to a limited extent were discussed, for example, issues of representation and data Bias, the influence of the institutional setting, and spatial relations in the exhibition conception. The Working Paper thus conclusively discusses the project Training the Archive and is a contribution to the practical application of software in the field of curating.

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»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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