Cosmic Brains

Desde 21/11/2023 16:00 hasta 25/11/2023 21:00
Cosmic Brains
Cosmic Brains

A week to explore the radical possibilities of non-human forms of thought- and critically and creatively work with them, with Ed Keller along with a curated list of guest speakers.


Cosmic Brains brings cutting edge minds working in scifi, philosophy, AI, neuroscience, the arts, and design together in a sustained interdisciplinary conversation. We will focus on pivotal questions concerning AI, AGI, and ‘the alien’. Specifically, we probe whether alignment and communication with AI are feasible; delve into the boundaries of language, mathematics, and logic in AI development; explore the deep time of the evolution of human sapience, to search for parallel models that might assist us in the design of AI; test the multi-modal, synaesthetic and embodied approach to cognition through gesture, sound and music; and we ask what it might mean to imagine and design microworlds and pocket universes- either as ‘toy worlds’ for AI, or as alternate pathways and sanctuaries, in the eventuality that alignment with AI [and ‘the alien’] proves elusive. 

The programme will be structured as follows:




  • CRITICAL SESSION #01 - Synthetic Minds, Cosmic Brains

On this first session there will be an introduction to the week and themes by Ed Keller, presentations from key participants, and a roundtable discussion on their work. 

  • CRITICAL SESSION #02 - Synthetic Minds, Universal Gestures: Concurrency, Embodiment, Synaesthesia

During this second session, presentations and a discussion on language will take place, alongside themes such as evolutionary pressures on intelligence, gestural ecologies, soundscapes and music, and multi-modal information flow and ecosystem models of mind.

  • CRITICAL SESSION #03 -  Synthetic Minds, Universal Gestures: Alignment, Microworlds and Pocket Universes

For the third critical session, temporality of computation and cognition, concepts of alignment and the concept of the microworld/pocket universe will be explored.



As part of the Critical Studies Program, we will be screening two films, Ex Machina and Annihilation, highlighting the challenges we face as we design and build Synthetic Minds. In the case of Annihilation, we survey as well the cosmological implications of ‘alignment’ between human and non-human minds and systems. 



There will also be a public seminar showcasing the findings of the critical sessions, and a performance by an ensemble exploring gestural capture of sound/embodiment and real time/post processing machine learning, AI tokenization of music, sound and gesture.

The call to participate in Cosmic Brains will open in October.



Ed Keller’s research and practice explores the structures of feeling which link cultural, infrastructural, ecological, and technosocial systems, revealing emergent terrestrial and cosmopolitical potential. He is a designer, professor, writer, technologist and musician, and with Carla Leitão, a co-founder of Spec.AE / AUM Studio design research and architecture offices. Keller & Leitão have convened 20+ international conferences and lecture series.  Ed’s consulting and academic positions include Creative Director at SingularityNET; mentor/curator with the Madrid MediaLAB Synthetic Intelligence Lab#03;  affiliate researcher with the Antikythera program; and faculty member with The New Centre;
he has taught architecture, film and technology since 1996 at universities including The New School/Parsons, Columbia GSAPP, SCIARc, UPenn, Pratt, and FIU. 



Registration up to: 25-11-2023

Number of places:

Sessions of the activity

16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
Tipo de actividad:
Debate/mesa redonda Presentación/conferencia Seminario Taller de formación
Joint valuation: