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Top of the Bots: Resurrection is a new version of the on-going Top of the Bots series of performance/AI based artworks, the first of which was exhibited at Art Night London early this year. Top of the Bots is funded by Art Council England and considers the aesthetics and functioning of artificial intelligent algorithms to create live experiences that question our consumption of celebrities and our relations to each other.

The power of group singing in karaoke, imperfections in voice and individual vulnerability are used to explore alternative expressions of collective identity. Top of the Bots: Resurrection asks what it means to resurrect icons of western music while questioning notions of truth and labour.

Top of the Bots: Resurrection will be presented at September 27th's Tate Late in the Tate Exchange at the Tate Modern.

The Tate Exchange is place for all to play, create, reflect and question what art can mean to our everyday.

Hyphen-Labs is an international collective working at the intersection of technology, art, science, and the future. Through their global vision and multi-disciplinary backgrounds they are driven to create engaging ways to explore planetary-centered design. In the process they challenge conventions and stimulate conversations, placing collective needs and experiences at the center of evolving narratives.

Machine Learning Matters talk at Somerset House

Posted on: June 30th, 2019 by libby


James Nissen with a 40 x 80 cm ion-beam etched multilayer dielectric grating 1780 lines/mm

Artist Libby Heaney spoke about her recent artistic practice exploring the intersections of machine learning, pop culture and identity at Somerset House's (Inter-) event. Using the concept of diffraction as a pivot to explore her artworks Britbot, Euro(re)vision, Oh Brian and Top of the Bots, Heaney drew on feminist theories and quantum science to unpick identities and deconstruct limiting categories usually enforced by machine learning algorithms.

(Inter-) is a 2-day programme of installations, presentations, panel discussions and live performances exploring image, sound and digital art. Saturday’s programme opens with discussion and presentations exploring the politics of virtual and physical architectures and the new ways of queering digital.

Somerset House Studios is an experimental workspace in the centre of London connecting artists, makers and thinkers with audiences. Located inside the repurposed former Inland Revenue building, the Studios offer space and support to artists pushing bold ideas, engaging with urgent issues and pioneering new technologies.


Libby Heaney's on going artistic research into machine learning, identity and pop culture has been awarded an Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grant. The first stage of the research concerning artificial intelligence and karaoke will be presented in June at London's Art Night, which will take place across Kings Cross and Walthamstow. The second stage of research will involve two workshops with young people exploring identity and machine learning at Birmingham Open Media (BOM) in October. A final performance of the Arts Council funded stage of this project will take place at BOM in November as part of a series of events to celebrate the gallery's 5th birthday.

Art Night is London’s largest free contemporary art festival. Each year the festival partners with a leading cultural institution and/or independent curator, focusing on a different area of London to explore its distinctive identity, culture and architecture through various forms of art.

Arts Council England is a non-departmental public body of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. They champion, develop and invest in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people's lives.

BOM is a centre for art, technology and science dedicated to creative innovation with purpose. The gallery presents cutting edge digital artworks and exhibitions that spark debate about technology and scientific progress.BOM is dedicated to positive social impact in all that they do, with exhibitions and events exploring topical issues in digital culture and science which impact on human lives.

Art AI festival and conference

Posted on: May 30th, 2019 by libby


Libby exhibited her machine learning artwork Britbot at Art AI festival in Leicester from 16th - 31st May. She spoke about her practice and the artwork at the State of the AI-Art conference exploring creative practice with AI. You can watch part of the interview and talk here.

Oh Brian at Her Voice, Institute of Contemporary Arts

Posted on: April 24th, 2019 by libby


Oh Brian was presented at the Her Voice event at the Institute of Contemporary Arts.

Her Voice examines ideas such as: How might we test mainstream notions of agency and subjectivity, manifest alternative productions of knowledge and power, and acquire new understandings about what it is to be female – or, even, what it is to be human – under the spell of ‘her voice’?

The Institute of Contemporary Arts in London supports radical art and culture through a vibrant programme of exhibitions, films, events, talks and debates.


Euro(re)vision at the Goethe Institute London

Posted on: April 2nd, 2019 by libby


Euro(re)vision is a new commission from the Goethe Institute for their Europe Actually series of events. It is a moving image work and installation with deep fake versions of Theresa May and Angela Merkel performing dada poetry composed by machine learning algorithms trained 'wrongly' on political debates from the House of Commons and the Bundesstag.

Libby was interviewed by the Goethe Institute London, which you can read here.

The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institute, active worldwide. They promote the study of German abroad and encourage international cultural exchange.


This week Libby is presented her artwork Lady Chatterley's Tinderbot at Kosmopolis Festival at the Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona. She will also run a Lovely Chatterbot and Twitterature workshop exploring romantic codes in pre- and post-digital technologies and take part on the Amor Android panel alongside Núria Gómez Gabriel and  Joana Moll.

Her work at Kosmopolis is supported by the British Council Spain.

Kosmopolis is a biennial literary event that has been held at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) since 2002.

The CCCB is a space for creation, research, exhibition and debate on contemporary culture where visual arts, literature, philosophy, film, music, transmedia activity and the performing arts are interconnected in an interdisciplinary programme.

The British Council is a British organisation specialising in international cultural and educational opportunities.

SUBSTRAND article for Somerset House Studios

Posted on: March 11th, 2019 by libby


Cornelia Prior has profiled Libby's work for Somerset House Studios, where Libby is currently a resident artist.

"With a chatbot trained on the Life in the UK citizenship test recently released, Somerset House Studios resident Libby Heaney wants to answer the question: how can we create an ethical framework for AI and quantum computing before it’s too late?"

Cornelia profiles Libby's recent work Britbot and her 2016-2017 Lady Chatterley's Tinderbot in the context of the accelerating pace of technological advancement.

Somerset House Studios is a new experimental workspace in the centre of London connecting artists, makers and thinkers with audiences. The Studios are a platform for the development of new creative projects and collaboration, promoting work that pushes bold ideas, engages with urgent issues and pioneers new technologies.

Cornelia is a writer, editor, digital producer, & horticulture student.

The full article is available here.

Noisy Chatterbots article for the V&A

Posted on: November 7th, 2018 by libby


Libby Heaney contributed an article Noisy Chatterbots to the V&A publication for the Digital Design Weekend 2018.

She discussed the potentials for generating new expressions of meaning and identity through the noise in machine learning systems. She spoke about her Sky Arts Art 50 commission in relation to this and drew on theory from Karen Barad, Hito Steyerl and Benjamin Bratton.

Arts Council England Project Grant Award

Posted on: October 9th, 2018 by libby


Libby has won an Arts Council England Project Grant for her Sky Arts commission Britbot.

Britbot is a net-based artwork exploring British identity. It is a voice and text activated chatbot that speaks to people about the topics in the UK government’s citizenship test and gradually learns from what they say. It will be online from Jul 18 to early Jan 19. The ACE funding is for a dedicated social media marketer to use Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to engage people who wouldn’t usually interact with art, particularly from towns, rural communities and suburbs across England. The aim is to gain a wider understanding of ‘Britishness’ today.

Arts Council England champion, develop and invest in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people's lives. They support activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.