Anna Ridler is an artist and researcher who works with information and data. She has degrees from the Royal College of Art, Oxford University and University of Arts London.  Her interests include drawing, machine learning, data collection, storytelling, and technology. She is particularly interested in constructing narratives at the point where quantitative meets qualitative and working with new technologies to help express hidden stories. 

Selected Exhibitions




























Selected Performances

AI: More than Human, Barbican Curve, 16 May—26 Aug 2019 (upcoming)

Error, Ars Electronica Export, Berlin, November 2018 - Feb 2019

AGENCY, Nome Gallery, Berlin, October - December 2018

Post Truth: Algorithmic Superstructures, Impakt,  Utrecht, October - November 2018

The Line Up: The Power of Drawing, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, September - November 2018

Touching from a Distance: Transmediations in the Digital Age, Literhaus, Berlin September - October 2018

Error Fake Failure, Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria, September 2018

Artificially Intelligent, V&A Museum, September - December 2018

Gradient Descent, Nature Morte, New Dehli, August - September 2018

Measures of Life, Humber Street Gallery, Hull, July - September 2018

Traces of Things, Blitz Gallery, Valetta, March 2018 (solo show)

Trajectories, Watermans Arts Centre, London, January 2018 

NIPS Machine Learning for Creativity and Design, Long Beach, California, December 2017

Lumen Prize Winners, Brighton Digital Festival, Brighton, September 2017

Field of View: Storytelling, Exploratorium, San Francisco, September 2017 

Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria, September 2017

Machine Fictions, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, July 2017

Show 2017, Royal College of Art, June 2017 

Alternate Realities, Sheffield Documentary Festival, June 2017 

Making the Long Tail, RCA White City, June 2017 

Art, Science and Quantum Computing, RCA White City, May 2017 

Codes and Modes, CUNY, New York, March 2017

Becoming, Dyson Gallery, London, February 2017 

Experiments in Machine Learning, Royal College of Art,  London, January 2017

Narrating the Marginal, Arktikum, Rovaniemi, Finland, December 2016

Spheres of Influence, ACAVA Central Space Gallery, London, November 2016

Internet Black Market, Tate Modern, June 2016

Sensory Apparatus, Blitz, Valetta, April 2016


Into the Forest, BBC Late Junction, July 2018

Nature's Nickelodeons, Sheffield Doc Fest, June 2018

Drawing with Sound, NRW Forum, Dusseldorf, May 2018 

Speaking in Tongues, IRCAM, Centre Pompidou, March 2017 




Selected Talks

















Selected Workshops

Impakt Artist in Residence, EMAP/EMARE, Utrecht, April - June 2018

Blitz Residency, Valetta, Feb - March 2018


Using Technology Creatively, Science and Media Museum, October 2018

AI in Art, FACT Liverpool, October 2018

Datasets and Decay, V&A Museum (Digital Design Weekend), September 2018

Data and Training Sets in an Artistic Practise, European Conference of Computer Vision, September 2018

Art in an Age of Computational Creativity, Forecast Forum, HKW, May 2018

The Artistic Potential of Computer Vision, ZKM, April 2018

Deep Fake or Rendering the Truth, Impakt Festival, April 2018

Deep Fake or Rendering the Truth, European Media Art Festival, April 2018

The Art of GANs, Photographers Gallery, Feb 2018

Repeating and Remembering: Fall of the House of Usher, Ars Electronica, September 2017

Join the Resistance, Sheffield Documentary Festival, June 2017

New Forms, BFI, June 2017

Art, Science and Quantum Computing, V&A Museum, May 2017

Action Tells His Story: Language and Machine Learning, Language Games Conference, Chelsea College of Art, May 2017

Fairy Tales and Machine Learning, Data Publics Conference, Lancaster University, April 2017 

Speaking in Tongues, IRCAM, Centre Pompidou, March 2017 

Media as a Language for Art and Design, Royal College of Art, January 2017

Sensory Apparatus, Ideas That Matter, London, Jan 2016

Drawing Sound,  MetaMarathon, NRW Forum, Dusseldorf, May 2018

ART+FEMINISM Wikipedia edit-a-thon, Blitz, Malta, March 2018

 How Machines and Humans See,  Watermans Arts Centre, Feb 2018

Things inside and out: augmented reality, Konstfack University, Jan 2018

Building a Narrative, Battersea Arts Centre, London, November 2015

Selected Publications








Repeating and mistranslating: the associations of GANs in an art context in the proceedings for 31st Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS 2017), Long Beach, CA, USA.

Retelling, Reflecting, Recreating: Fairy Tales and Machine Learning in Arc magazine (2017)

Speaking in Tongues: Language and Machine Learning in Syrup magazine (2017)

Alice and Bob in Art, Science and Quantum Computing Catalogue (2017)

Radical Transparency in Spheres of Influence Catalogue (2016)


2018 - 2019 - Visiting scholar, Leeds University

2015 - 2017 - Information Experience Design, Royal College of Art (MA)

2004 - 2007 - English Literature and Language, Oxford University (BA)

2003 - 2004 - Foundation degree, University of the Arts London




Adobe Award for Best Creative use of Technology at European Conference for Computer Vision

EMAP Fellow 2018

DARE Art Prize 2018-2019












The Arts and Artificial Intelligence” interview on Front Row, Radio 4, November 21st 2018

“Has Artificial Intelligence brought us the next great art movement?” in interview Artnet, 6th November 2018

When the line between the Artist and the Machine becomes blurred”, in the Conversation, 16th October 2018

Machine Dreams: Art and Artificial Intelligence” interview in Forbes, 24th September 2018

This AI Dreams in Tulips” interview in FastCompany, September 17th 2018

"AI-Generated Art Just Got Its First Mainstream Gallery Show. See It Here - and Get Ready", in Artnet, August 29, 2018

"‘Gradient Descent’: when Artificial Intelligence meets art" in The Hindu, 13 August 2018

"Is Artificial Intelligence the new artist we need to watch out for?" in Vogue India, 16 August 2018

"Artificial Intelligence Art: Parenting a new genre" in Forbes India, 21 August 2018

"Les Vocations Artisques de l"AI" in Science et Avenir, July 2018

"The Work of Art in the Age of Algorithmic Reproduction" in Medium 12 Dec 2017

"Life drawing and machine learning: An Interview with artist Anna Ridler" in Alphr 14 August 2017

"Something in the air" in Frieze 7 August 2017

"Artificially intelligent painters invent new styles of art",  in New Scientist 29 June 2017  

"Shef Doc Fest: WikiLeaks A Love Story" on HuffPost, June 2017