Workshop: Visual Literacy in the Age of AI

Visual Literacy in the Era of AI

Image generated by DALL-E 2 on 2/13/2024: “A Soviet-style photograph of a group of men and women looking at a Rodchenko photograph.”

What does it mean to be a human teaching other humans in the era of generative AI? 

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM on April 27, 2024 

We now live in a world where machines can be prompted to generate text, images, audio, and video. What does visual literacy mean in this emerging context? 

This day-long interactive program draws on art history, media studies, art practice, neuroscience, and machine learning. Through the lens of visual literacy, we'll consider broad questions about teaching and learning. Participants will have opportunities to ask questions, take part in interactive visual analysis activities, and collectively discuss ways to adapt their teaching practice in light of this new knowledge.



9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Part 1: Human and Machine

9:15 - 10:15 AM

How does human learning, development, and communication compare to machine learning, development, and communication?

Speakers: Nina Beguš & Wayne Wu

Part 2: Visual Interpretation

10:30 AM - 12:15 PM

How do image manipulation and image generation fit within longer histories of media and the visual arts? How do art historians use visual analysis techniques to analyze such images? Two art historians will discuss the production, manipulation, and analysis of artworks from the USSR and will lead interactive exercises with the participants.

Speakers: Aglaya Glebova and Kat Hill


12:15 - 1:15 PM

Lunch will be provided.

Part 3: Training AI with the Missing Objects Library

1:15 - 2:15 PM

Artists Jill Miller and Asma Kazmi will introduce their Missing Objects Library project which is a curated, web-based repository of handmade 3D objects that are designed with an intersectional, feminist lens. They will also lead a workshop in critical text to image AI generation. 

Speakers: Jill Miller and Asma Kazmi

Part 4: Synthesis

2:30 - 3:55 PM

Round table Q&A with panelists followed by discussion about connections and classroom applications.

Facilitator: Shane Carter (ORIAS Program Coordinator)


3:55 - 4:00 PM

Location & Access

Where: This is an in-person event. It will take place at the Bancroft Hotel (2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA). 

Accessibility: Please contact Shane Carter at with as much advance notice as possible if you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.), information about campus mobility access features, or other accommodations in order to fully participate in this event. 

Transit & Parking: This event will take place about 1 mile (uphill) from the Downtown Berkeley Bart. It is accessible via AC Transit. There is paid parking available in the Kroeber lot (near Bancroft and College) and the Underhill Garage (College and Channing). See the campus parking map.