Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Restricted Access (SIA Only)

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Art Business

First Advisor

Agnes Berecz

Second Advisor

Elena Zavelev


In this thesis, I explore the exploitative aspects of artificial intelligence technologies by delving into critical and conceptual works created by individuals involved in contemporary art practice, including artists, theorists, curators, and researchers. My focus is on developing a new aesthetic perspective that centers on the current ruling elite's global domination and control of infrastructure. The widespread use of artificial intelligence technologies within a capitalist, neoliberal framework often prioritizes profits over the well-being of both humanity and the environment, with deliberate obscurity in the language used to describe these technologies. Prominent figures in this discourse, such as Hito Steyerl, Lynn Hershman Leeson, and Trevor Paglen, help to decipher the opaque terminology employed by governmental and corporate entities. They are further supported by the insightful research of authors like Kate Crawford. The artworks I analyze encompass a wide range of media, including multimedia installations, videos, computer algorithm-generated works, generative AI programs, AI-generated visuals, performances, sculptures, and photographs. These artistic expressions collectively shed light on the transformative impact of AI on society. One significant aspect of their exploration is the recognition of biases deeply embedded in training data sets and the overzealous pursuit of specific AI functionalities by tech companies. Some of these AI systems remain completely inscrutable to experts. The concept of machine vision is also examined, prompting us to ponder the implications of a machine's perspective as it transitions between machine-to-machine, machine-to-human, and human-to-machine interactions. Throughout this research, I elaborate on the notion of "algorithmic violence," which manifests through cultural shifts, the exploitation of human beings and the environment, and the extraction of data for profit and state-driven agendas.