Poetics of Encryption
Calculating Empires:
A Genealogy of Technology and Power, 1500–2025


with Kate Crawford and Nadim Samman


18 February 24, 4 pm

In English

Venue: KW, 4th floor

Registration via reservation@kw-berlin.de


<p>Kate Crawford and Vladan Joler, <em>Calculating Empires map</em>, Courtesy the artist.</p>

Kate Crawford and Vladan Joler, Calculating Empires map, Courtesy the artist.


Merging research and design, science and art, Calculating Empires is a 24 meter-long map charting how power and technology have been intertwined since 1500. Exhibited as part of Poetics of Encryption, this landmark piece by Kate Crawford and Vladan Joler explores centuries of conflicts, enclosures, and colonizations. The map is presented as a diptych. One half concerns the themes of Communication and Computation. The other half explores Control and Classification.

In this event, Kate Crawford will speak about her own research at the intersection of AI and political theory, the intentions and process behind the Calculating Empires map, and future entanglements between art and technology.


Kate Crawford is a scholar of artificial intelligence, an artist, and a writer. She is a professor at USC Annenberg in LA, a Senior Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research New York, and holds the first Visiting Chair for AI and Justice at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. Her book Atlas of AI has been translated into 14 languages. Her work was featured in the Museum of Modern Art, the V&A, and Fondazione Prada, among others. Crawford runs Knowing Machines, a transatlantic research project of scientists, artists, and lawyers studying generative AI.