Bogna Konior

Bogna Konior
Assistant Professor of Interactive Media Arts (IMA)

Bogna Konior is an Assistant Professor of IMA (Interactive Media Arts) at NYU Shanghai. She is also a Research Fellow in the Antikythera Program on Speculative Computation at the Berggruen Institute, and a mentor in the Synthetic Intelligence program at Medialab-Matadero Madrid. She is the author of The Dark Forest Theory of the Internet (Flugschriften, 2019), currently being developed into a book-length project exploring the implications of Liu Cixin's theory of communication to the internet. together with Anna Greenspan and Benjamin Bratton, the editor of Machine Decision is not Final: China, and the History and Future of AI (Urbanomic, 2024). Her work on digital culture, philosophy of new media, and posthumanism has been presented internationally, recently including the Cambridge Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, ZKM | Center for Art and Media, e-flux, and the Ljubljana Biennale. She is currently working on two projects concerned with long-term trajectories of technological development. Her current academic project is on Polish science fiction writer and philosopher, Stanislaw Lem, and his neglected contribution to the theory of biotechnological evolution of autonomous reason. She is also conducting a multimedia research project on female Catholic mysticism as an early form of cybefeminism and a predictor of machine erotics, nonhuman personhood, and artificial reproduction. 


Select Publications

  • "Automatic Gnosis: Artificial Intelligence in Stanisław Lem's Summa Technologiae," Imagining AI: How the World Sees Intelligent Machines, ed. Kanta Dihal and Stephen Cave. Oxford University Press, 2022
  • "Mystical Habitats: Art After Earth and Outer Space Settlements," Between the Material and the Possible: Infrastructural Re-examination and Speculation in Art, ed. Bassam el Baroni. Sternberg Press, 2021
  • "We're All Vermin: Tactical Predation, Interspecies Media Arts and Perspectivism," New Formations, 2021
  • “Modelling Realism: Digital Media, Climate Simulations, and Climate Fictions,” Paradoxa, 31, 2020
  • “Apocalyptic Memes for the Anthropocene God: Mediating Crisis and the Memetic Body Politic,” Post-Memes: Seizing the Memes of Production, ed. Alfie Bown and Daniel Bristow. Punctum Press, 2019


  • PhD, Humanities
    Hong Kong Baptist University
  • RMa, Media Studies
    University of Amsterdam
  • BA, Film Studies
    Queen Mary, University of London

Research Interests

  • Digital Culture
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • New Media Studies
  • Technology in Eastern Europe and East Asia
  • Continental Philosophy

Courses Taught

  • After Us: Posthuman Media
  • What's New Media
  • Writing with AI: Philosophy and Practice