My dissertation investigates the aesthetics and politics of artificial intelligence, in particular the notion of representation in visualizations of neural networks. Other interests include the preservation of digital art, and the interface of media and performance art. My dissertation committee consist of Prof. George Legrady (Experimental Visualization Lab, MAT), Prof. Wolf Kittler (Comparative Literature), Prof. Alan Liu (English), and Prof. Marko Peljhan (Systemics Lab, MAT). I am also part of the WE1S humanities advocacy project at UCSB, and have been affiliated with the STAGE lab at the University of Chicago.

A recent talk at UCSB.

Conference papers

Book chapters

   Fabian Offert, "Hands on Circuits. Preserving the Semantic Surplus of Circuit-Level Functionality with Programmable Logic Devices", in: Hands on Media History, ed. by John Ellis, Nick Hall, Routledge, upcoming

   Fabian Offert, "Beyond the Scenes. Sasha Waltz's Objects and Installations Between Theater and the Visual Arts", in: Sasha Waltz. Installations, Objects, Performances, ed. by Peter Weibel et. al., Ostfildern: Hatje-Cantz, 2015   

   Fabian Offert. "The Poetic Algorithm or What Happened to Software Art?", in: Open Sources, ed. by Fabian Offert and Juan Manuel Escalante, Santa Barbara: University of California, Santa Barbara, 2015   

   Fabian Offert. "Jonas Mekas on Video", in: Jonas Mekas: 365 Day Project, ed. by Fabian Offert, Karlsruhe: ZKM | Center for Art and Media, 2014

Invited talks

   Fabian Offert, "Is There an Aesthetics of Artificial Intelligence", UCSB, June 2018

   Fabian Offert, "Aesthetics and Politics of Artificial Intelligence", UCSB, April 2018

   Fabian Offert, "Notes on the Aesthetics of Artificial Intelligence", Exploring Edges: International Colloquium on the Digital Humanities, Architecture, Artistic Research, and Criticial Technical Practice, EPFL Lausanne, July 2017

Conference presentations

   Fabian Offert, "Preservation as Translation. The Case for Programmable Logic Devices as a Strategy for Circuit-Level Authenticity", International Workshop on the Material Authenticity of the Ephemeral, Deutsches Museum Munich, October 2017

   Fabian Offert, "Exhibiting Computing Machines. Computational Agency as a Speculative Principle for Exhibition Design", SPT2017: The Grammar of Things, TU Darmstadt, June 2017   

   Fabian Offert, "[machine here]. Non-representation as a Rhetorical and Mathematical Strategy in the Construction of Alan Turing's Imaginary Machine", [image here] conference Harvard University, 2016

   Fabian Offert. "The Conservator's Task. The Case for Programmable Logic Devices as a New Tool for the Conservation of Digital Art". Hands on History conference, University of London, 2016

   Fabian Offert, "Re-enactment as Pre-enactment. The State of Emergency and the Theatrical Contract in Artistic Practices of Reenactment", Radical Ephemeralities Conference, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2015


   Interview on SWR2 (in German), 2013   

   Fabian Offert. "Information, Konzept, Berechenbarkeit. Zum Computer als Medium der Kunst" (diploma thesis, in German), Gießen: Justus-Liebig-Universität, 2012