Center for Collaborative Arts and Media (CCAM) at Yale
Machine and Medium Symposium: Matter and Spirit


Fall 2023 CCAM Machine as Medium Symposium: Matter and Spirit

November 2 and 3, 2023

In 1950, the pioneering mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing asked the world: “Can machines think?”

As AI enters the mainstream, our lives are increasingly shaped and haunted by Turing. The new reality of the “machine” asks us to confront, in new ways, timeless questions of “matter and spirit.” With newer tools as “medium”—in the sense both of creation and of a means of contact with other realms—what do we stand to lose, and to find?

With our Fall 2023 symposium, CCAM takes up Turing’s legacy with a two-day, interdisciplinary program of events.

The accompanying exhibition will unveil the Matter and Spirit Quad—a reinterpretation of the Quad IV sculpture by Robert Mallary.


Dana Karwas
Director and Critic, Yale School of Architecture

Lauren Dubowski 
Assistant Director

Matthew Suttor
Program Manager and Senior Lecturer, Yale College

Ross Wightman
Technical Manager and Curator, CCAM Sound Art Series

Susan Youssef 
Film Advisor

Paloma Izquierdo
CCAM/Yale School of Art Postgraduate Fellow

The Fall 2023 Machine as Medium Symposium: Matter and Spirit is presented with the support of Hewlett-Packard (HP). Learn  more about sponsored research at CCAM here.