Refiguring the Future—A NetGain Event

Note: This event is now full. No further RSVPs are being accepted.

This public program, hosted by the NetGain Partnership, will explore the role of artists in critically examining the social impacts of artificial intelligence and related technologies—and ways in which the arts can help us refigure the future. This event will publicly launch REFRESH, a new initiative that supports the work of women and women-identified artists, especially women of color, LGBTQ+ artists, and artists with disabilities, with the aim of fostering creation of more diverse work in the field of art, science, and technology.

The NetGain Partnership is a collaboration involving the Ford Foundation, Knight Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Mozilla Foundation, Open Society Foundations and, this year, the Omidyar Network, that seeks to strengthen digital society and advance the public interest.

Presenters and Performers

  • Salome Asega is curatorial advisor for REFRESH.
  • Kate Crawford is co-founder and director of research for the AI Now Institute at New York University.
  • Heather Dewey-Hagborg is co-founder of, and co-curator for, REFRESH.
  • Lauren McCarthy is a REFRESH artist.
  • Mendi and Keith Obadike are artists.
  • Dorothy Santos is co-curator for REFRESH.


  • Mitchell Baker is executive chairwoman of the Mozilla Foundation and the Mozilla Corporation.
  • Patrick Gaspard is president of the Open Society Foundations.
  • Julia Stasch is president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
  • Darren Walker is president of the Ford Foundation.
  • Alondra Nelson, president of the Social Science Research Council and professor of sociology at Columbia University, will moderate the panel.
Date: May 3, 2018
Time: 4:307:30 p.m.

Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611