Research & Teaching

My research is situated at the interface of digital humanities, media studies, visual studies, and interpretable machine learning, with a focus on critical machine vision: the critical investigation and application of computer vision in the digital humanities. My dissertation studies the epistemology and aesthetics of neural network visualizations. Other research interests include the history, theory, exhibition, and preservation of digital art.

I have taught graduate and undergraduate classes on topics like machine learning and the arts, the aesthetics and politics of artifical intelligence, computer vision for the digital humanities, and the history and theory of computer art at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, and the European Summer University for Digital Humanities in Leipzig. Syllabi and Jupyter notebooks are all on Github.

Teaching and critiquing machine learning at the European Summer School for Digital Humanities 2019 in Leipzig


   Fabian Offert, "The Past, Present, and Future of AI Art", in: The Gradient / Skynet Today, 2019

   Fabian Offert, "Exhibiting AI Art", in: M.A.D.E, Santa Barbara: University of California, Santa Barbara, 2019   

   Fabian Offert, "Hands on Circuits. Preserving the Semantic Surplus of Circuit-Level Functionality with Programmable Logic Devices", in: Hands on Media History, ed. by John Ellis, Nick Hall, Routledge, forthcoming October 2019

   Fabian Offert, "Images of Image Machines. Visual Interpretability in Computer Vision for Art", in: Proceedings of the European Conference on Computer Vision, Springer, 2018

   Fabian Offert, Teddy Roland, Devin Cornell, "Word Embeddings for Restricted Access Corpora", WE1S Research Blog, 2018

   Fabian Offert, "Beyond the Scenes. Sasha Waltz's Objects and Installations Between Theater and the Visual Arts", in: Sasha Waltz. Installations, Objects, Performances, ed. by Peter Weibel et. al., Ostfildern: Hatje-Cantz, 2015   

   Fabian Offert, "The Poetic Algorithm or What Happened to Software Art", in: Open Sources, ed. by Fabian Offert and Juan Manuel Escalante, Santa Barbara: University of California, Santa Barbara, 2015   

   Fabian Offert, "Jonas Mekas on Video", in: Jonas Mekas: 365 Day Project, Karlsruhe: ZKM | Center for Art and Media, 2014

Invited Talks

   Fabian Offert, "Learning Physics with Computers. On the Epistemology of Machine Learning", Modeling the Pacific conference, University of California, Santa Barbara, October 2019

   Fabian Offert, "Notes on the Aesthetics and Epistemology of Interpretable Machine Learning", MAT Seminar Series, University of California, Santa Barbara, October 2018   

   Fabian Offert, "Notes on the Aesthetics of Artificial Intelligence", Exploring Edges: International Colloquium on the Digital Humanities, Architecture, Artistic Research, and Criticial Technical Practice, EPFL Lausanne, July 2017


RE-IMAGINING AI doctoral workshop, FHNW/IXDM, 2019
ECCV 2018 VISART workshop
International Workshop on the Material Authenticity of the Ephemeral, Deutsches Museum Munich, 2018
SPT2017: The Grammar of Things, TU Darmstadt, 2017
NIPS 2017 Symposium on Interpretable Machine Learning
[image here] conference, Harvard University, 2016
Hands on History conference, University of London, 2016
Radical Ephemeralities Conference, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2015


   Interview on SWR2 (in German), 2013   

   Fabian Offert. "Information, Konzept, Berechenbarkeit. Zum Computer als Medium der Kunst" (diploma thesis, in German), Gießen: Justus-Liebig-Universität, 2012