Credit: Fondation Modena Des Arts Visuels

Pamela Breda

Disciplines: ArtArtificial intelligenceCommunicationPsychology
Title and home institution: Phd candidate, Kingston University (UK)
Category of Fellowship: Research residency
Research program: Arts & Sciences: Indisciplined Knowledge
Residency length: September 2021 – January 2022

Research project

The Unexpected

Summary of the research project

“The Unexpected” is an artistic research project exploring the impact of Artificial Intelligences (AI) interfaces on human emotional and psychological domains through an experimental film and a video installation. From chatbox to humanoid robots and artificial companions, we are dealing with a number of perceptive situations – in education, health and businness – wherein AI are becoming the main referents with whom we interact. But what are the emotional and psychological responses to such interactions? How is language employed by AI generating specific emotional responses in its users? Are we still perceiving AI as another entity or are we empathizing with it as we would with humans? This artistic-based research will present an original and urgently needed critical examination of the outcomes of daily human-AI interactions.


Pamela Breda is an artist, researcher and educator living between London and New York. She is currently Phd candidate at Kingston University (UK). She was recipient of several art awards and fellowships, including Italian Council Award (Italy), Kingston University Phd Scholarship (Kingston, UK), Moving’Up funding scheme (Italy), JRC, Joint Research Center, European Commission (Italy), ‘Love Me Tender’, Stonefly Production Prize (Italy), Italian Institute of Culture (Russia), Photography Award, IED, European Institute of Design (Venice, Italy), Coffee Flash Award, Querini Stampalia Fondation (Venice, Italy). Her films have been screened internationally and presented at festivals and art venues such as “ECRA Film Festival” (Brazil), “Revolutions Per Minute Festival” (USA), “Digital Film Library”, Clermont- Ferrand Film Festival (France), Cite Internatinale Des Arts, (France), “Vision Du Reel” Film Festival, Media Library (Nyon, CH), “Hazel Eye Film Festival” (USA), “The Bomb Art Factory Film Festival” (UK), Sohonya Art Center (India), Francesco Fabbri Foundation for Contemporary Art (Italy), Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation (Italy).

Appels à candidature

Les résidences de recherche que propose l’Iméra, Institut d’études avancées (IEA) d’Aix-Marseille Université, s’adressent aux chercheurs confirmés – académiques, scientifiques et/ou artistes. Ces résidences de recherche sont distribuées sur quatre programmes (« Arts & sciences : savoirs indisciplinés », « Explorations interdisciplinaires », « Méditerranée » et « Utopies nécessaires »).