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MARCH 28 | 14:00


Reitoria da Universidade do Porto
Je est un autre, Instincts and Institutions in the age of technology


The philosophy conference aims to open a debate based on Rimbaud's famous phrase “Je est un autre” [I is another]. It intends to explore what, by the self-perception of the living thing, differentiates it from the reasoning of artificial intelligences, with its implications in the field of aesthetics and ethics.

Moderation by: Sofia Miguens
Speakers: Laurent Goldring, Ana Falcato, Ernesto Costa, Leonel Moura, Alexandre Oliveira, among others


Alexandre Oliveira
Alexandre Au-Yong Oliveira is presently a teacher at the Centre of Judicial Studies (CEJ), Lisbon. He has been a judge since 1999. At CEJ he teaches Criminal Law and Procedures, International Cooperation in Criminal Matters and Ethics. He represents CEJ in the Criminal Justice sub-working group of the European Judicial Training Network (EJTN), where he is responsible for organizing seminars on Cybercrime and e-Evidence.

Ana Falcato

Ana Falcato holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the NOVA FCSH, Lisbon, Portugal. Between 2013 and 2015, she was a Humboldt Research Fellow at the Johannes-Gutenberg University and the University of Oxford. Her work has appeared in Studies in the Novel, Hypatia, Kant-Studien, Wittgenstein-Studien and Daimon: Revista International de Filosofía. In 2018, she published, with Palgrave Macmillan, Philosophy in the Condition of Modernism (, and in 2019, with Cambridge Scholar Publishing, Phenomenological Approaches to Intersubjectivity and Values (co-edited with Luís Aguiar e Sousa). She is currently a research fellow at IFILNOVA, where she conducts a project about the novelistic and critical work of J.M. Coetzee.

Ernesto Costa
Ernesto Costa is Full Professor at the University of Coimbra. His interestsinclude bio-inspired artificial intelligence, for solving design, optimization and learning problems, and promoting the cross-fertilization of Evolutionary Computation and Machine Learning. Over the years he published over 200 papers in books, journals and proceedings of conferences. He participated in several projects, got several best paper awards. He was the recipient of the 2009 EvoStar Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Evolutionary Computation.

Leonel Moura

Leonel Moura is a world pioneer in the application of robotics and artificial intelligence in art.
In 2001 he created the first robot arm able to generate unique paintings operate by an ‘ant algorithm’.
In 2009 he was appointed European Ambassador for Creativity and Innovation by the European Commission.
The recently created swarm of robots, coined NEO, will perform for the first time at UCCA, Beijing in 2020.
Leonel Moura promotes a new kind of art based on machine creativity.

Laurent Goldring
Following philosophy studies at the École Normale Supérieure (Paris) and City College (New York), he turned to artistic work intersecting the fields of visual arts, video, photography and cinema. His work garnered immediate interest. A personal exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in 2002 curated by Christine Van Assche, a portrait by Jacqueline Caux followed by two articles by Laurence Louppe and Laurent Goumarre in Artpress; an interview with Cyril Beghin and Stéphane Delorme and a piece by Françoise Parfait added to growing recognition.
He was quickly featured in major events: Venice Biennial (Der Bau and Collective Jumps, 2016), Garage, Moscow (Collective Jumps, 2016), Le Bal (Cesser d’etre un, 2016), Jeu de Paume (Broken Loops, 2014), MOMA PS1 (La Rencontre, 2014), Gulbenkian Foundation (Sculpture mobile #4, 2002), Musée National d’Art Moderne (Expo N°26, 2002). Today Laurent Goldring features in prestigious collections including the Musée National d’Art Moderne (Sans titre acquired in 1989, Petite chronique de l’image (1995/2002) acquired in 2003, 24 images seconde acquired in 2013). His images from the world of dance have influenced many choreographers. He was directly involved with the creation of shows by Xavier Le Roy, Blut and Boredom, Ectoderme and Self-Unfinished (1996-1998), and by Maria-Donata d’Urso, Pezzo 0 (uno and due) (2002). He then co-signed work with Benoit Lachambre, Saskia Holbling and Louise Lecavalier the rrr… (reading readings reading) pieces, (2001), Is you me (2008) and Squatting Project (2012-2016). With Germana Civera he created Figures (2008), with Isabelle Schad, Unturtled (2009/2012), Der Bau (2013) and Collective Jumps (2014), and with Eva Klimackova, Ouvrir le temps (2014). After exhibitions at Le Bal (Paris) and Garage (Moscow), in 2017, the Palais de Tokyo exhibited a monumental installation of his body loops videos.



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