Artist meets expert: Death tech

Hear a compelling discussion between a performance artist and a leading mortality expert.

Given enough data, can AI recreate the essence of a human consciousness?  In this conversation,  avant-pop musician and artist Sui Zhen creator of MKW performance Losing, Linda joins Professor Michael Arnold of the University of Melbourne DeathTech Research Team to discuss where artistic expression intersects with themes of death and grief. 

Losing, Linda, combines upbeat electronic pop songs with video art, encouraging Sui’s audience to reflect on mortality and memorialisation, while Arnold’s research lies at the intersection of technology, death, and social media. Both consider what it means to live and die in the Digital Age. The conversation will showcase the cohesion and contrasts between their two perspectives, highlighting how people from entirely different disciplines can collaborate to bring about unexpected ideas and deeper understanding.

This event is part of a series, presented in partnership with The Wheeler Centre, pairing artists with an expert from a field related to their creative practice. Expect dynamic discussions exploring different perspectives on some of our most fascinating and provocative ideas, perfect for the curious mind.

Wed 28 April, 12.301.30pm

The Wheeler Centreand Digital Hub176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
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Sui Zhen

Throughout her discography and performances, experimental pop and performance artist Sui Zhen has zoomed in on the intersections between human life and technology — how to exist in the digital age, as well as the ways in which we risk losing true sight of ourselves in the process. Sui Zhen’s third album, Losing, Linda, pairs her signature inquisitiveness with a surreal electronic pop that possesses a dreamlike quality: vivid, uncanny, and upon close examination, revealing of deep emotional and personal truths. It’s an album that examines loss on multiple levels — from the death of our loved ones, to our widespread societal tendency to disappear within the ones and zeroes of modern life’s tech-driven rush. 

Michael Arnold

Michael Arnold is a Professor in the History and Philosophy of Science programme at the University of Melbourne. His research activities lie at the intersection of contemporary technologies and daily life; most recently, studies of digital technologies in the context of memorialisation and commemoration, technologies used as alternatives to burial and cremation, and other technologies associated with death. With the interdisciplinary DeathTech team he has co-authored several books and over 100 academic papers on these topics.

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