Anna Ridler (b. 1985, UK) is an artist and researcher. She has exhibited at institutions such as the V&A Museum, Ars Electronica, HeK Basel, Impakt and the Barbican Centre and has degrees from the Royal College of Art, Oxford University and University of Arts London. She was a 2018 EMAP fellow and was listed by Artnet as one of nine “pioneering artists” exploring AI’s creative potential. She is interested in working with collections of information, particularly self-generated data sets, to create new and unusual narratives in a variety of mediums, and what happens when things cannot fit into discrete categories. She is currently interested in the intersection of machine learning and nature and what we can learn from history.

Current/Upcoming Exhibitions

Upcoming Solo Shows

Previous Solo Shows

Selected Group Shows

Artificial Creators, Eden Project, Cornwall, UK, 15th June - 1st September 2019

Lying Sophia and Mocking Alexa, Hyundai Motorstudio Beijing, 12 July - 8 October 2019

Future of Today, Today Art Museum, Beijing, 15th August - 30th September 2019

Beazley Design of the Year, Design Museum, London, UK, 11th September 2019 - 9th Feb 2020

Stadstriennale Hasselt Genk 5, Genk, Belgium, 5th October 2019 - January 2020

Peer to Peer, OpenEye Gallery, Liverpool, UK, 17th October - 21st Dec 2019

Network Effects and Online Imaginaries, M-Cult, Helsinki, 16th Nov 2019 - 15th Jan 2020

Deux Ex Machina, La Boral Centro de Arte y Creacion, Gijon, 22nd Nov 2019 - 16th May 2020

Mutations Créations: Neurones, intelligences simulées, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 26th Feb - 20th April 2020

Laws of Order and Form, Photographers Gallery, 31st Jan - 30th March 2020

Tulips, Aksioma, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 19th Feb - 20th March 2020

Cryptobloom, Espacio E+T Foundation Telefonica, Mexico CIty, September 2019

Catastrophic Forgetting, Opera North, Leeds, August 2019

Dreaming, Automated, Robert L. Ringel Gallery Purdue Univeristy, USA, 19th August - 27th September

Traces of Things, Blitz Gallery, Valetta, March 2018

Imagining Our Digital Futures, MUTEK, Montreal, 20 - 25th August 2019

City of Participatory Visions, ZKM, Karlsruhe, 8th August - 15th September 2019

Entangled Realities, HEK Basel,  9 May – 11 August 2019

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

Screen Shots: Desire and Automated Image, Galleri Image, Aarhus, 8th March - 28th April 2019

Touching From A Distance II, Goethe Media Space, Toronto, 22 March - 23rd May 2019

Artistic Intelligence, Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover, 27th April - 30th June 2019

New Technologies, New Visions, Geffen Contemporary Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, April 2019

Error: The Art of Imperfection, Ars Electronica Export, Berlin, 17th November 2018 - 3rd March 2019

Translation of Complexity, Aa Collections, Vienna, January 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

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

Selected Performances





Invited Talks

















Selected Workshops

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 

Honorary Mention Prix Ars Electronica in category “Artificial Intelligence and Life Art” 2019

UAL Creative Computing Institute Fellowship 2019

Adobe Award for Best Creative use of Technology at European Conference for Computer Vision 2018

EMAP Fellow 2018

DARE Art Prize 2018-2019

Tetley, Leeds, 2019

Opera North 2018 - 2019

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

Blitz Residency, Valetta, Feb - March 2018


Machine Learning in a Creative Practise, Hek Basel, June 2019

Stanley meet Alexa, AI and Filmmaking, BFI, May 2019

AI and Creativity: what makes us human?, Barbican, May 2019Machine Learning in a Creative Practise, International Symposium on Computational Media Art, January 2019

The Artistic Potential of Data Sets, Post Binary Conference, Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, November 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












17th century Tulip Mania is alive and well on the blockchain”, review and interview in Fastcompany, 27th June 

Anna Ridler uses AI to turn 10,000 tulips  into a video controlled by bitcoin”, review and interview Its Nice That, 28th June 2019

BBC Free Thinking: AI and Creativity - what makes us human?”, discussion on Radio 3, 4th June 2019

AI: More than Human”, review in BBC Click 1 Jun 2019

Digitales Tulpenfieber” (Digital Tulip Fever), interview and review in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 20 May 2019

Artificial Intelligence as a Godlike Tool for Experimentation: Forging the Gods”, Hyperallergic, 8th May 2019

Editors pick: Bloemenveiling by Anna Ridler”, review in Clot, 30th April 2019

Malen nach zahlen” (Painting by Numbers), interview in Süddeutsche Zeitung, 18th March 2019

Artificial intelligence: the art world’s weird and wonderful new medium” interview in Financial Times, 21 March 2019

Using AI to Produce “Impossible” Tulips” interview in Hyperallergic, 1 March 2019

“A philosopher argues that an AI can’t be an artist”, MIT Technology Review, Feb 21st 2019

“New Keywords in Art”, Public Art, January 2019

Art made by AI is selling for thousands - is it any good?”, BBC Culture, December 12th 2018

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

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

AI Art at Christie’s Sells for $432,500”, in the New York Times, 25th October

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

When Art Created by Artificial Intelligence Sells, Who Gets Paid?”, interview in Arsty, 17th September 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