Gabriel Pereira


Hi, my name is Gabriel Pereira. I’m Assistant Professor in AI & Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), based at the Media Studies department and the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC). My main research interest is the critical study of data and algorithms, especially as they intersect with vision/images/surveillance.

Before joining the UvA, I was a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics (LSE), supported by the Independent Research Fund Denmark International Postdoc grant.

My PhD thesis focused on how computer vision operates hegemonically, as well as what forms of contestations and refusals are possible. This included researching how specific applications of computer vision (e.g. Automated License Plate Readers) work and what kinds of power structures they enable; as well as creating practice-based interventions that attempt to reimagine what computer vision could be (e.g. Future Movement Future – REJECTED and Recoding Art).

My research methods are interdisciplinary and collaborative, involving both forms of qualitative research and different forms of practice-based inquiry (e.g. arts-based, interventionist). For this, I draw on STS, critical algorithm/infrastructure studies, platform/surveillance studies, critical technical practice, and other related critical perspectives on technology.

I consider organizing an essential element of research work today. I have organized multiple events between practice and research on critical computing, most recently the Con/Crit/Tec residency. I also serve on the board of the Center for Arts, Design and Social Research, as a Secretary of the Association of Internet Researchers, and am part of the Tierra Común network.

For more info, have a look at some of my practice-based projects, read some of my writing, check my past and upcoming talks/presentations, or just contact me via e-mail.