Art and the Easter Eggs of Artificial Intelligence, Easter hack at Oodi library, Helsinki

In digital technology an Easter egg refers to an extra feature, a message, hidden in a software program, video game, etc., and is revealed by an obscure sequence of keystrokes or commands. This Easter Saturday you can join media artist & open source advocate Andreas Zingerle (AT) and AI feminist & digital culture researcher Linda Kronman (FI), as they discuss the ways art can reveal the Easter eggs of AI. A special Easter Hack session for resisting dataveilliance and re-thinking AI.

As a special Easter Bonus: If you think that AI will make employment fair, join us for an Easter egg hunt on how AI is impacting hiring.

TIME: 30.3. 2024 15:00-18:00 (Easter Saturday)

PLACE: Kuutio, 2nd floor of OODI library, Helsinki


15:00 Easter Hack I: Data Garbage – Artistic Tactics of Resisting Dataveillance
Are you concerned about the garbage floating in the sea of BigData?
Andreas Zingerle (AT) and Linda Kronman (FI) discuss their long time collaboration as as artist duo KairUs. Their art addresses data privacy & ethics concerns presenting artistic tactics to resist or subvert dataveillance. This talk highlights how data circulates as garbage: in form of spam on the Internet, as part of the global trade of e-waste, and as “BigData” when the data scientist principle “garbage in, garbage out,” too often fuels AI systems with biased or poor data.


16:00 Easter Hack II: AI Feminism – How Can Art Help Us Think Differently About AI
Do you need an antidote to the AI hype only big-tech companies profit from?
This talk draws from Linda Kronman’s PhD research in the Machine Vision in Everyday Life project at the University of Bergen (NO). Her dissertation investigates how machine vision is represented in digital art. Her presentation engages with artistic research which has been influential in communicating the harms of AI systems and biases in underlying datasets. The talk addresses if art and AI feminism can go beyond providing evidence of oppressive AI and help us re-think the ways AI is designed, deployed and talked about.


17:00 Easter Bonus: AI in Hiring – an Easter egg hunt for the ideal employee
This hands-on session starts with an short introduction to ongoing artistic research that Andreas Zingerle and Linda Kronman are conducting as a part of their EMAP residency at M-CULT in Helsinki. Thereafter you are welcome to join an Easter Egg hunt and get to: test how AI measures personality, use AI to optimize your appearance, and reflect on what is actually fair in an employment process.

The event takes place on 30.March 2024 15:00-18:00 (Easter Saturday) ar Kuutio, 2nd floor of OODI library, Helsinki.


Ideal Behaviour is realised within the European Media Art Platform’s 2024 residency programme and hosted by M-Cult in Helsinki.


EMARE – European Media Artists in Residence Exchange has enabled new work in media art since 1997 by commissioning over 150 projects.

In 2017-21, with the support of the Creative Europe Programme, EMARE transformed into the European Media Art Platform (EMAP), which expanded to 15 member countries in 2022-24. The platform members include leading media art institutions from across Europe, and the network has over 90 partners worldwide.

EMAP organises artist residencies, networking conferences, touring exhibitions and workshops hosted by the members.

The first EMAP/ EMARE call for artist residencies was published in October 2017 and the second phase of the programme will run until 2024.