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Dr. S. (Selena) Savić

Assistan Professor
Faculty of Humanities
Algemene Cultuurwetenschappen

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  • Room number: 1.04
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  • About

    I am a researcher and trained architect. Since 2023, I am an Assistant Professor for Protohistory of Artificial Intelligence and Machines in the Arts at the University of Amsterdam. After a PhD at EPFL and an SNSF-funded postdoc at ATTP, TU Vienna, I worked at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design Basel, where I was the Head of the Make/Sense PhD programme. I edited three books (Radio Explorations, forthcoming, Ghosts of Transparency, 2019 and Unpleasant Design, 2013) and I research and write about computational modelling, feminist hacking, and posthuman networks in the context of art, design and architecture. My research interests animate a practice at the intersection of computational processes and posthumanist and postcolonial critique of technology. My current research addresses data and measurement, offering a generative perspective on the interrelations between technicity for making and circulating art.


    My research into the technical, socio-political and environmental aspects of artificial intelligence is based on data materialism: paying attention to materialist concerns for ways in which technology automates performance and creativity, while historicizing and contextualizing methods for measurement through which data is obtained. Data materialism is also a way to refuse a ‘data idealism’. I understand the ‘proto’ in protohistory as a gesture of making a precedent in the way AI is studied. It suggests observing that which precedes AI, but also challenges causalities that can be established between automation and creativity.

    I propose a protohistory of AI inspired by generative genealogy as a materialist geophilosophical practice that is critical and creative. The generative view enfolds, on the one hand, the concern for machine-based automated creation (as in generative art) while, on the other, offering a genealogical approach to material history of AI: one which traces nonlinear generation of digital artificial intelligence techniques of automation and mechanization, and provides a window into the surprising futures, to take up the words of Iris van der Tuin and Rossi Braidotti. Protohistory of AI will not aspire to an indefinite linear teleology, or a metahistorical locus of its ‘origin’, but instead proceed by a methodology of jumping generations and challenging of the linear cutting up of time into successive fragments, inspired by feminist new materialism and an interdisciplinary approach to digital humanities.

  • Publications


    • Savić, S. (2023). Techno-optimism and optimization in media architecture practice and theory. Digital Creativity, 34(2), 88-102.
    • Savić, S., & Martins, Y. P. (2023). Making Arguments with Data. Resisting Appropriation and Assumption of Access/Reason in Machine Learning Training Processes. Weizenbaum Journal of the Digital Society, 3(2), Article 4.


    • Savić, S. (2022). Articulating Nomadic Identities of Radio Signals. Matter Journal of New Materialist Research, 3(1), 56-81.
    • Savić, S. (2022). Pixels and Bandwidth: On Imaginaries of Travel in Data. In ON THE INTERPLAY OF IMAGES: Imaginaries and Imagination in Science Communication (SCIENTIA atque USUS. Scientia ed., Vol. 3, pp. 111-121). Olschki.
    • Savić, S., & Grant, S. (2022). Slime Mold and Network Imaginaries: An Experimental Approach to Communication. Leonardo, 55(5), 462-467.


    • Savić, S., & Miyazaki, S. (2021). Modulating Matters of Computation, Modelling and Hyper-Separations. In Proceedings of Polititcs of the machines - Rogue Research 2021: Berlin, Germany (pp. 63-68). (Electronic Workshops in Computing). BCS Learning and Development.
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