Machine Learning City


02/03/2018 to 09/03/2018


02.03.2018 - 09.03.2018:

2.p.m. - 7.p.m.

also open at Saturday, Sunday and Monday!



Thursday, 1. February 2018 - 18:00



For the ELEVATE Festival Adam Harvey conceived an interactive multimedia exhibition related to Graz, which will be presentated at esc medien kunst labor. (Sujet: Graz Pedestrian Database, GRAZ-01 database, Created in 2003)

The project Machine Learning City by Berlin-based media artist Adam Harvey (US) will be produced specifically for the ELEVATE Festival 2018. Harvey has been researching the social impact of networked data analysis technologies for years. He focuses on digital imaging technologies such as those used in surveillance cameras with face recognition. The project Machine Learning City deals with the issue surrounding the right to one’s own image in the context of urban discourses such as surveillance, public space, and digitization.

The Graz pedestrian dataset (Graz-01) consists of images captured in Graz and neighboring Austrian cities. The images show pedestrians in a variety of scenes and are used to train computer vision algorithms to detect a pedestrian. The images from the Graz pedestrian dataset were later added to the INRIA pedestrian dataset, which became the most widely used pedestrian detection training set. The original Graz pedestrian dataset contains over 750 people.


Find out more about his project on:

Curation: Berit G. Gilma / curator Elevate Arts



In 2018, the ELEVATE Festival will continue to expand its art program. Multimedia commissioned works by Adam Harvey, Andy King and LAb[au] can be seen during the festival. DEPART is showing its virtual reality installation "The Lacuna Shifts" in Graz for the first time. Video art, multimedia art and text-based performances were part of the ELEVATE Festival right from the start. Since the new festival date in spring, exhibition of visual arts are playing an increasingly important role. In 2018 large-scale works can be visited during the entire festival. On view will be a portrait series of whistleblowers by the British media artist Andy King, which she is developing as the first ELEVATE artist-in-residence in Graz. US artist Adam Harvey is also producing a new work: "Machine Learning City" is the name given to his multimedia exploration of artificial intelligence and machine vision in urban space - to be seen in the esc medien kunst labor. In cooperation with Soundframe and the Diagonale, the Viennese artist duo DEPART is showing its impressive virtual reality installation "The Lacuna Shifts" in the Orpheum Extra. And at the Lendhotel, the Belgian group LAb[au] is building an installation called "OrigamiRhombi" – a sensual study of color, movement and light. To be seen in the foyer of the Lendhotel from the 4th of march 2018.


Re-Imagine Euorpe - The new platform for Europe-wide art production
A key driver for this is the Europe-wide production and presentation platform "Re-Imagine Europe", which has been set up since 2014 by one of the largest cultural centers in Europe, the Paradiso Amsterdam, together with ELEVATE and other cultural institutions. From 2018 to 2021, more than 10 art-organisations join forces, focusing on interdisciplinary commissioned works. An own "artist-in-residency" provides artists from different countries with space for common work processes. The results are presented in different places in Europe and related to a common narratives. Among the participating organizations, apart from ELEVATE and Paradiso Amsterdam, there are such evocative names as the Lighthouse Studio in Brighton, the Sonic Acts Festival and the Norwegian Museum Bergen's Kunstforening. The project is made possible by the European Union's Creative Europe Culture Program.



ELEVATE Festival 2018