Andreas Sudmann
ifk Research Fellow

Duration of fellowship
01. March 2019 bis 30. June 2019

Natural Language Processing and Artificial Neural Networks: Cultures of Machine Translation


The aim of the project is to explore the media history of machine translation systems that are based on technologies of artificial neural networks (ANNs). The project traces three specific pathways. First, and most generally, it investigates machine translation systems with regard to their epistemological-technical conceptualization of the medium of language. Second, the project explores and critically analyzes the accessibility and interpretability of such systems, taking into account the fact that current AI discourses often treat ANNs as a fundamentally opaque technology. Finally, the project goes beyond understanding how specific AI systems enable the translation of languages to explore the way ANNs themselves can be perceived as technologies and infrastructures of translation.


After having worked in Göttingen, Regensburg, Vienna, and Berlin, Andreas Sudmann currently teaches and researches as an adjunct professor (Privatdozent) of media studies at the Ruhr University Bochum, where he also completed his habilitation in 2016. Most recently, he held a guest professorship in media studies at the Philipps University in Marburg before taking up the research fellowship at the IFK in Vienna. Current research foci include media-theoretical and historical problems of artificial intelligence (AI), specifically, machine-learning methods, aesthetics and politics of popular and technical/digital visual media, forms and processes of seriality and documentary, media theory, and media critique.


gem. mit Christoph Engemann, Machine Learning. Medien, Infrastrukturen und Technologien der Künstlichen Intelligenz, Bielefeld 2018; „On the Media-political Dimension of Artificial Intelligence: Deep Learning as a Black Box and OpenAI“, in: Ramón Reichert, Mathias Fuchs (Hg.), Rethinking AI. Neural Networks, Biopolitics and the New Artificial Intelligence, Digital Culture & Society 4/1, 2018, S.181–200; „Deep Learning als dokumentarische Praxis“, in: Sprache und Literatur 48/2, 2017, S. 155–170.


Workshop “POETICITY AND SERIALITY” (4-5 April 2019)
On the occasion of the centenary of Das Gesetz der Serie (“The Law of the Series”) by Paul Kammerer (1919)

University of Vienna, Dept.of Romance Studies, Spitalgasse 2, 1190 Vienna, Sitzungssaal (ROM 14)
Austrian Film Museum, Augustinerstraße 1, 1010 Vienna

Organizers: Júlia González de Canales Carcereny, Jörg Türschmann

4.4., 17h, Lecture of IFK_Research Fellow Andreas Sudmann (Ruhr-Universität Bochum):

"TV Series and the Cultural Dynamics of Serial Outbidding"


Ringvorlesung Paderborn: Medien/Dystopien

Im Sommersemester 2019 findet an der Universität Paderborn, Institut für Medienwissenschaften/Fakultät Kulturwissenschaften, die Ringvorlesung "Medien/Dystopien" statt. Im Rahmen dieses Zyklus' hält Andreas Sudmann, derzeit IFK_Research Fellow, am 4. Juni 2019 den Vortrag "Maschinelles Lernen und die Imagination kreativer Maschinen".

27 May 2019
  • Lecture
Andreas Sudmann


Technologien künstlicher neuronaler Netzwerke (KNN) haben in den letzten Jahren wesentlich zum Leistungsfortschritt maschineller Sprachübersetzungssysteme beigetragen. Aus medienwissenschaftlicher Perspektive wird der Vortrag deren historische Genese nachzeichnen und KNN-Systeme selbst als Medientechnologien des Übersetzens untersuchen.