"Synthetic intelligence” questions the role of technological intelligence within the creative process. We consider AI as a learning mechanism which perceives features, patterns, and correlations through the large expands of data space. We are using computational methods to analyse digitized text and visual archives in order to form new verbal constructions and visual expressions. Generative Pre-trained Transformer 2 (GPT-2) is used as an instrument to study the text archives. A generative adversarial network (GAN) - as an instrument to create a visual narrative. 


Text archive:

  • Ilaria di Carlo, "The Aesthetics of Sustainability: systemic thinking in the evolution of cities", 2014

  • Discognition. Steven Shaviro, 2016

  • C.Pasquero, M.Poletto, 2019. “Beauty and Ecological intelligence”, AD, Volume89, Issue5 (ONLINE] Available at:

  • Gregory_Bateson “Ecological aesthetics. An addendum to Urban Political Ecology”

  • Y.Hui, “Recursivity and Contingency”, 2021

  • Lev Manovich. AI Aesthetics. Moscow: Strelka Press, 2019

  • M.Poletto, C.Pasquero, Beauty as Ecological Intelligence: Bio-digital Aesthetics as a Value System of Post-Anthropocene Architecture. AD, 2020

  • T.Morton, 2014. "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Term 1 Anthropocene", Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry, Cambridge University Press, pp. 8.

  • G.Bateson, 1972. “Steps to an ecology of mind”, University of Chicago Press.

  • C.Pasquero, M.Poletto, "Systemic Architecture: Operating Manual for the Self-Organizing City", 2012

  • Lambros Malafouris, Mind and material engagement, 2018

  • Yann LeCun, “Learning World Models: the Next Step towards AI”, keynote lecture, International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), Stockholm, Sweden, July 2018.

  • Lykke N. (2019) Making Live and Letting Die: Cancerous Bodies between Anthropocene Necropolitics and Chthulucene Kinship. Environmental Humanities

  • Y.Hui, “The Question Concerning Technology in China: An Essay in Cosmotechnics”, MIT Press.,2019.

  • M.Heidegger, 1977. The Question Concerning Technology and Other Essays. New York: Harper, pp. 20.

  • N.Wiener, 1948. “Cybernetics or Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine”, Paris, Hermann et Cie - MIT Press, Cambridge, MA. ARTNODES: NODE 26. AI, ARTS & DESIGN: QUESTIONING LEARNING MACHINES (GUEST EDITORS: ANDRE??S BURBANO & RUTH WEST)

  • Braidotti R. Post-Anthropocentrism: Life beyond the Species. The Posthuman, Cambridge: Polity Press: 55-104., 2013

  • Matteo Pasquineli, “How a machine learns and fails”, in Spheres. Journal for Digital Cultures, n.5, 2019

  • Dan McQuillan, “Manifesto on Algorithmic Humanitarianism”, presented at the symposium Reimagining Digital Humanitarianism , Goldsmiths, University of London, February 16, 2018.

  • Beauty as Ecological Intelligence: Bio-digital Aesthetics as a Value System of Post-Anthropocene Architecture. M.Poletto, C.Pasquero, AD

  • Occupying and Connecting: Thoughts on Territories and Spheres of Influence with Particular Reference to Human Settlement, F.Otto, 2009

  • E-flux, Journal #102 - Geert Lovink - Cybernetics for the Twenty-First Century: An Interview with Philosopher Yuk Hui, September 2019. Available at: [Accessed 18 October 2019]


Authors: Emily Wöhrle, Isabell Geiger, Laura Kopp, Gaia Aloisi, Marlene Widl, Teresa Konle, Arianna Patton, Karina Bergmann, Bastian Straka, Dr.Claudia Pasquero, Artem Konveskikh, Maria Kuptsova  | Synthetic Landscape Lab | University of Innsbruck
Sound: Sergey Kostyrko