Writing and Speaking

Intro video


Murphy, O., and Villaespesa, E. (2021). Innovation, data and social responsibility, in Eid, H. and Forstrom, M., Museum Innovation: Building More Equitable, Relevant and Impactful MuseumsOxon and New York: Routledge, pp. 109-120.

Villaespesa, E., and Murphy, O. (2021) This is not an apple! Benefits and challenges of applying computer vision to museum collections, Museum Management and Curatorship, DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/09647775.2021.1873827 

Ariana French, Elena Villaespesa, “AI Visitor Experience, and Museum Operations: A Closer Look at the Possible, in Humanizing the Digital: Unproceedings from the MCN 2018 Conference2019.


David Styles, Artificial Intelligence, visitor data and ethics: Debating the future of museums, Museums + Heritage: Advisor, July 2019


Oonagh Murphy, Cultures of Artificial Intelligence – new perspectives for museums, Badisches Landesmuseum, Karlsruhe (Germany), December 2022

Oonagh Murphy, Troubleshoot: AI in the Museum? University of Applied Arts (Vienna), December 2022

Oonagh Murphy, Working with and for museums: exploring the space between the museum and university, The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Sept 2022.

Oonagh Murphy, Discovering Collections Discovering Communities, July 2022.

Oonagh Murphy, The use of AI technologies in cultural institutions, Wavelab, Munich, May 2022.

Elena Villaespesa, The Museums + AI network (video), ai4lam community call. June 2021.

Oonagh Murphy and Elena Villaespesa, Artificial Intelligence: Creative Solutions and Technical Realities, LINKed – KI als Werkzeug in Museen, Badisches Landesmuseum. March 2021.

Oonagh Murphy and Elena Villaespesa, The Museums + AI network, Future Museum. February 2021.

Elena Villaespesa, Reframing Collections: Digital Collections, ICOM and WeAreMuseums. January 2021.

Oonagh Murphy and Elena Villaespesa, The Museums + AI network, Future Museum. February 2021.

Oonagh Murphy, Curator, Computer, Creator? World Museum Forum. November 2020.

Oonagh Murphy, Keywords: Precarity – Panel. Museums 2020. November 2020.

Oonagh Murphy, AI, ethics and museums – a complex web or a crucial opportunity? UNESCO International Conference on Digital Heritage. November 2020.

Oonagh Murphy, The relationship between AI, Museums and Creativity. UCL, Principal of Creativity in Technology Webinar Series. July 2020.

Oonagh Murphy, Museums and AI: Imagining the AI We Want for Museums (video available). Edinburgh Centre for Data, Culture and Society (University of Edinburgh), June 2020

Oonagh Murphy, Algorithmic Futures: Curator Computer Creator? Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesbibliothek, June 2020

Oonagh Murphy, How can museums engage with AI in an ethically robust way? Let’s Get Real, Culture 24, March 2020

Oonagh Murphy, speaking at Digital Museums, Northern Ireland Museums Council, workshop, December 2019

Oonagh Murphy, speaking at AHRC Workshop on UK-US Collaboration for Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions, National Museum of African American History and Culture, September 2019

Elena Villaespesa, Oonagh Murphy, Jennie Choi, Rachel Ginsberg, Lawrence Chiles speaking at Curator Computer Creator: Museums and AI, Museums and Computer Network, November 2019.

Elena Villaespesa, Oonagh Murphy, speaking at An[0]ther {AI} in Art Summit 2019: Decolonizing Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Art Making, 24-27 April 2019.

Elena Villaespesa, Innovation, data and social responsibility, conference presentation, The Museum Innovation Forum and MCNx New Orleans, New Orleans Jazz Museum, 18 May 2019.

Network events

Curator, Computer, Creator, 4th July 2019, The Barbican

A public event to coincide with the Barbican AI: More than Human Exhibition

Exploring, critiquing and understanding the ethical implications of AI within a museum context is increasingly becoming a pressing need for museums. Could robots replace museum tour guides? Should data decide what exhibitions get commissioned? Can AI help to identify hidden stories in the archives? Join staff from The National Gallery, Wellcome Collection, Goldsmiths University to find out how museums are using AI technologies to develop new ways to see and experience art. Join the discussion, tell us your thoughts, pose questions to our experts and help to shape how museums think about these technologies. Full details here >

Curator, Computer, Creator: A discussion on museums and AI in the 21st century, 16th September 2019, Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

For decades, artificial intelligence has held a prominent position in our collective imagination, powering future visions ranging from transhumanist utopia to dystopian depictions of a world run by machines. As such, exploring, critiquing, and understanding the ethical implications of AI within a museum context is becoming a pressing need. 

In an evening co-hosted by The Interaction Lab at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and the Museums + AI Network, we’ll explore three different perspectives on AI applications in the museum sector. We’ll begin with a series of talks by a curator, a “computer,” and a creator, followed by discussion. Full details here >

London Conference, 26th-27th June 2019, Goldsmiths, University of London

Our first event brought together the core network, and invited museum professionals, academics, policy makers, funders and artists from London and New York for a two day small working group style event. Participants shared current projects, discussed challenges, and developed practices across the sector. During this event we mapped current thinking around ethics, regulation and professional codes of practice with support from Doteveryone.

New York Conference, 16th-17th September 2019, Pratt Institute

Our second meeting was led by core network members, and invited museum professionals, academics, policy makers, funders and artists from New York. This two day event was programmed in response to questions, challenges, ideas and opportunities that arise from our London meeting in June.

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