Artountability: Accountability, AI, and Art


  • Eduard Fosch-Villaronga


  • Maranke Wieringa
  • Lucas Evers
  • Fiona McDermott
  • Piera Riccio
  • Vincent Rioux

Organisation: Leiden University

Room: Online 1

Timing: 17:15 - 18:40 on 28 January 2021

This panel combines perspectives on Art, Society, & Technology. In particular, it focuses on artistic perspectives on algorithmic accountability. The panel starts with an overview of how the Arts play an essential role in intervening in critical social issues, such as labor politics, privacy, and education. The panel will then draw our attention to a specific case scenario, i.e., urban algorithmic accountability. We will learn about the digitization of cities and how municipal data professionals can give testimony of algorithmic-based decisions that affect citizens. The panel closes with some artistic perspectives on transparency and the role that education plays in stressing the importance of being accountable in an increasingly algorithmic society.

The panel discussion will be divided into three clusters:
• The Interplay of Art, Society and Technology
• Algorithmic Accountability and Art
• Art, Education, and Responsibility


Eduard Fosch-Villaronga

Leiden University (NL)

Dr. Fosch-Villaronga is an Assistant Professor at the eLaw Center for Law and Digital Technologies at Leiden University (NL) where he investigates legal and regulatory aspects of robot and AI technologies. Eduard co-leads the Ethical, Legal, and Societal Aspects Working Group at the H2020 Cost Action 16116 on Wearable Robots and the Social Responsibility Working Group at the H2020 Cost Action 19121 GoodBrother. Eduard served the European Commission in the Sub-Group on Artificial Intelligence (AI), connected products and other new challenges in product safety to the Consumer Safety Network (CSN) to revise the General Product Safety directive.


Maranke Wieringa

Utrecht University, Datafied Society (NL)

Maranke Wieringa is a Ph.D. Candidate and lecturer at Utrecht University, where she is affiliated with the Datafied Society research platform. Her current research focuses on algorithmic accountability in Dutch municipalities.

Lucas Evers

WAAG Foundation (NL)

Fiona McDermott

University of Dublin (IE)

Fiona McDermott is a researcher based at CONNECT, the Research Centre for Future Communications and Networks at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Her research explores the socio-cultural implications of data-driven technologies, with a particular focus on autonomous systems, data infrastructures, and urban governance. Her PhD research focused on Internet of Things technologies as applied to public infrastructures and city services. Previously, she was a Fulbright scholar at the School of Media Studies at the New School in New York and a researcher at the Interaction Design Centre at the University of Limerick. She is part of the curatorial team that will represent Ireland at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2021.

Piera Riccio

Oslo Metropolitan University (NO), MetaLAB at Harvard (US)

Piera Riccio is an artist-engineer, specialized in Artificial Intelligence. Her ambition is to explore the potentialities of AI for arts and culture; and its role in developing a higher sense of humanitarian and ethical responsibility in our society. In the last years, she has had the opportunity to work on several artistic and research projects in international contexts, collaborating with people from all over the world. In January 2020, she became an affiliate of Metalab (at) Harvard.
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Vincent Rioux

National Superior School of Fine Arts (FR)

Vincent Rioux programs computers to create sound art events and interactive experiences, mainly using libre software operating systems and languages. He holds a PhD in Musical Acoustics obtained in Sweden (Chalmers University) and a Master in Computer Music Technology from Ircam (Paris).
He gradually moved toward visual and performing arts and in parallel developed a personal approach to live-coding, text-code-based music improvisations and sound installations. He currently holds a position at Beaux-Arts de Paris as head of their digital media department.