22 Feb - 14 Mar 2020

Sorting Things Out

Saturday 22 February and Saturday 14 March
13.30 - 16.00

Join artist Anna Ridler in a two-session workshop looking at the visual datasets and classification in relation to smartphones.

Smartphones not only allow us to produce, disseminate and consume photographs, but also to organise and store them. Together with Ridler, this practical workshop explores the photo galleries that humans and automated systems create in mobile devices. Analysing the images that are saved on phones, how they are organised and who takes those decisions, we will look into the human and machine relationships involved in the creation of personal datasets. There will also be the opportunity to learn about the technical, cultural and social significance of image datasets.

No previous knowledge on photography or computer science required. Please bring your own laptop and smartphone.


Anna Ridler is an artist and researcher who works with information and data. She has exhibited at the V&A Museum, Ars Electronica and the Barbican and has degrees from the Royal College of Art, Oxford University and University of Arts London. Her interests include drawing, machine learning, data collection, storytelling, and technology.