Joanna Zylinska is a writer, lecturer, artist and curator, working in the areas of digital technologies and new media, ethics, photography and art. She is Professor of Media Philosophy + Critical Digital Practice in the Department of Digital Humanities at King's College London. She is also a member of Creative AI Lab, a collaboration between King's and Serpentine Galleries. Prior to joining King's in 2021, she worked for many years at Goldsmiths, University of London, including as Co-Head of its Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies. She has held visiting positions as Guest Professor at Shandong University in China, Winton Chair Visiting Scholar at the University of Minnesota, US, and Beaverbrook Visiting Scholar at McGill University in Canada.
Zylinska is the author of eight books - most recently, AI Art: Machine Visions and Warped Dreams (Open Humanities Press, 2020, open access), The End of Man: A Feminist Counterapocalypse (University of Minnesota Press, 2018, open access) and Nonhuman Photography (MIT Press, 2017). Her work has been translated into Chinese, Korean, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish.
Zylinska combines her philosophical writings with image-based art practice and curatorial work. In 2013 she was Artistic Director of Transitio_MX05 'Biomediations': Festival of New Media Art and Video in Mexico City. She has presented her work at many art and cultural institutions, e.g. Ars Electronica in Linz, CCCBarcelona, Centre Culturel International de Cerisy, Fotomuseum Winterthur, MMOMA in Moscow, Serpentine Galleries in London, SESC Sao Paolo and Transmediale in Berlin.
She recently co-edited Photomediations: An Open Book and Photomediations: A Reader as part of Europeana Space, a grant funded by the European Union's ICT Policy Support Programme. She is currently researching perception and cognition as boundary zones between human and machine intelligence, while also trying to answer the question: 'Does photography have a future?'. Her book The Future of Media, co-edited with Goldsmiths Media, came out in 2022 - and is also available on an open-access basis. (2022)