Dr Patricia de Vries (P.B.)
My work resides at the intersection of philosophy, digital art, society & technology. I explore the artistic and social imaginaries of emerging technologies and the anxieties that often underpin our relation to them.
Prior to my position at FASoS, I worked as a researcher, teacher, and project coordinator at the Institute of Network Cultures (INC) in Amsterdam. At the INC I coordinated research projects, which took shape in conferences, exhibitions, workshops, and publications. My work focused on the connections between art, theory, and activism, and the infrastructures of the digitalization and cryptofication of finance and money. I was involved in studying critical scholarship, art, and design projects that relate blockchain technology to the broader cultural contexts in which it is embedded.
I received my PhD from Erasmus University in Rotterdam. In my dissertation, Algorithmic Anxiety in Contemporary Art - A Kierkegaardian Inquiry into the Possible in Algorithmic Culture, she introduced ‘algorithmic anxiety’ as a term for Western representations of the entanglement of the social and the algorithmic in contemporary art and design projects. The starting point is the claim that algorithms shape, organize, and co-produce everyday life in ways that vary from the seemingly-quotidian to the heavily-politicized. This entanglement has given impetus to a nexus of social anxieties about the present and future of algorithmic culture. While completing my PhD, I was a Research Fellow at Digital Asia Hub in Hong Kong, a think tank affiliated to the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and a visiting scholar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Currently, I work on a research proposal on blockchain imaginaries and techno-moral change, investigating how feminist blockchain imaginaries shape different ways of collaborating and working towards social values such as solidarity, interdependence, and care.
Algorithmic Culture, Digital Art, Internet Culture, AI, Digital Culture, Philosophy of Technology, Feminism, Feminist Tech, AI & Ethics, Kierkegaard