Kieran Browne is a Canberra based artist. He was born in a mining town in western New South Wales and grew up in various towns and cities around the state. His work combines new and old media; seeking ways to make new technologies visible and tangible. This follows the work of artists like Harold Cohen and Natalie Jeremijenko.

Kieran began his creative life intending to make films. By a happy accident he was introduced to programming while at art school and began making images with code. Software grew to occupy more and more of his practice but his interest in old media remained.

Between 2014 and 2016 he built a series of artificial artists / drawing machines. These would seek out and consume online images to generate large format pen and charcoal drawings. These works probed at the definitions of "artist" and "creative" and aimed to expand these to non-humans.

In 2017 Kieran began working on a PhD in contemporary artificial intelligence. He is critical of the use of AI to influence social realities through policing, media distribution, banking etc. He is building artefacts that make the strangeness of these technologies readable.

In 2018, he exhibited a work 'Trace' in the National Gallery of Australia.

Exhibitions / Performances

2020, smoke
Big Band Room, Canberra ACT

2019, The Fig Tree
AD Space, Sydney NSW

2019, Colour Coded
Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra ACT

2018, Performing Drawing
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra ACT

2018, The Curious Feast
ANU Popup, Canberra ACT

2018, The Magic Lantern in Australia and the World
National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra ACT

2018, alt.chi
Palais de Congrais, Montreal QC

2015, The Rendered Experience
Nishi Gallery, Canberra ACT

2015, Graduating Exhibition
ANU School of Art Main Gallery, Canberra ACT

2013, The Mountain
Belconnen Arts Centre, Canberra ACT

2012, Sense
ANU Photography and Media Arts Photospace, Canberra ACT

2011, Site Transformation
National Gallery of Australia Sculpture Garden, Canberra ACT

Other Links / Media

2020, Sick of AI engines scraping your pics for facial recognition? Here's a way to Fawkes them right up, The Register

2020, Reconnaissance faciale : voici comment y échapper sur les réseaux sociaux, We Demain

2020, Blocking Facial Recognition, Communications of the ACM

2019, Practice-led research by creative re-use in the Australian Research Council Project Heritage in the Limelight, Early Popular Visual Culture

2018, OK Computer, National Gallery of Australia Blog

2018, Seven Visualization Talks That Terrified Me At CHI, Eager Eyes

2018, AI Ritual, ANU Code/Creativity/Culture group

2015, SOA Graduating Exhibition 2015, ANU School of Art


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