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

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 

Vertigo, IRCAM, Centre Pompidou, March 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 

The Future of Story Telling, Centre for Social Innovation, New York, September 2016 

Internet Black Market, Tate Modern, June 2016

Sensory Apparatus, Blitz, Valetta, April 2016


Selected Talks/Workshops

Blitz Residency, Valetta, Feb - March 2018

EMAP/EMARE, Utrecht, April - June 2018

How Machines and Humans See,  Watermans Arts Centre, Feb 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

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)


2015 - 2017 - Information Experience Design, Royal College of Art

2004 - 2007 - English Literature and Language, Oxford University

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




Lumen Prize shortlist 2017 (AR & VR)

Google Newslab Fellowship 2017

Best Interactive Experience, Sheffield Documentary Festival 2017 (shortlisted)