the age of AI
A hybrid summit exploring the impact of machine learning on art and design
Summit MARCH 29 + April 26, 2023RegisterZoom
exhibit May 5th — July 9th, 2023
In light of advances in text-to-image AI, large-language models, and natural language processing, and other deep learning systems, we present a series of events addressing the impact of these technologies on art, design, and the notion of creativity itself.
Given the scope of the impact of artificial intelligence, we are convinced that any response must incorporate a wide variety of perspectives, and hence we aim at convening a genuinely interdisciplinary discussion, welcoming designers, artists, philosophers, technicians, entrepreneurs and businesspeople, legal thinkers, and beyond.
The first wave of events consists of two online summits, an in-person roundtable, and art exhibition at Indiana University featuring artwork facilitated by or in reaction to artificial intelligence.Watch Recording
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Director of Engineering
NYU Tisch School of the Arts
Artist, engineer, and musician who makes installations, performances, and sculptures for encountering the world through our ears.
Professor of English and Cinema and Media Studies
university of chicago
Media scholar specializing in game studies and design. Co-founder of the Game Changer Chicago Design Lab and the Transmedia Story Lab.
Assistant Senior Instructional Professor
& Associate Director
University of chicago
An artist, educator, and organizer who problematizes old and new media structures, interfaces, and conventions.
Professor of Media Philosophy + Critical Digital Practice
king's college london
Scholar and artist engaging with new media, art, and the effects of emerging technology.
April 26, 5–7 EST;
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Professor of Graphic + Experience Design
north carolina state university
Director of the MGXD Program at NC State whose research focuses on interface design, machine learning, and inclusive design.
Founder + Artistic Director
Studio artist investigating mark-made-by-machine and mark-made-by-hand in order to understanding the encounter of computers and humans.
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Scholar specializing in the philosophy of AI, philosophy of photography, social and political philosophy, and philosophy of culture.
Emerging Technologies Artist & Professor
Stony brook university
Emerging technologies, documentary practices, and social collaboration toward equitable social and technological ecosystems.
WHY ART, WHY AI, WHY NOW?
In 2018, Christie’s became the first auction house to sell an artwork created by Artificial Intelligence (Portrait of Edmon Belamy sold for $432,500). Four years later, the boom of text-to-image AI generators like Dalle, Midjourney, Stable Diffusion, OpenAI’s DALL·E 2 and Google’s Imagen and Parti, which, like LaMDA and GPT-3, also learn to perform transformations from vast data sets, continue to raise complex questions about art, design, and the creative process. Designer Stefan Sagmeister described DALL-E as “absolutely fascinating and will touch likely everything we do. As these programs improve, enormous questions about authorship will arise. I am kind of speechless.” Can we move beyond this speechlessness? As improvements in AI image generation move beyond the uncanny valley and become indistinguishable from human creations, what does this mean for creative practice, and how should artists, designers, and thinkers respond?
In the summer of 2022, many philosophers, engineers, and cultural critics felt compelled to comment on the cultural and existential dimensions of creative AI. Things came to a head when an engineer at Google claimed that the LaMDA chatbot, a deep-learning language
processing AI, was in fact sentient. Similar to OpenAI’s better-known GPT-3, these models are more than capable of carrying on conversations with humans, in many ways far exceeding the canonical requirements of the “Turing Test”. Unsurprisingly, this engineer’s claims occasioned an outpouring of thinking and writing about the place of artificial intelligence in the tapestry of human life. But in all this fervor over the linguistic capacities of AI, and its challenge to traditional conceptions of the human, we think something important has been overlooked, namely, the incursion of new technologies into the similarly distinctively human endeavors of creating and appreciating art.
These developments raise questions that are at once pragmatic, economic, artistic, and existential. Is AI a surprising tool for artists and designers to incorporate into their workflow, or a doomsday replacement? What is an artist when not only production but ideation can be outsourced? At the moment, these text-to-image generators still link composition and production to the human voice, human art direction, but for how long? Can AI replace visual creativity—the “gift” of art?1
1. Lewis Hyde, in writing about primitive cultures, explains the exchange of gifts. These gifts cannot be kept and must be passed on. The passing on of gifts is an anthropological device that creates connection (and prevents people from killing one another) because the receiver and gift-giver all become part of a singular experience. His leap of imagination occurs when he goes one step further in saying, "this is what artists do in culture — artists provide that gift to the culture, so that people have something in common."
May 5th — July 9th, 2023
The Process Gallery, Cook Center for Arts + Humanities
Join us for an exhibition featuring artwork facilitated by or in reaction to artificial intelligence. Offering a unique opportunity to explore and engage with responses to AI, the show features digital art, paintings, sculptures, and interactive works. The artists explore how to invent a future with, through, or even against, artificial intelligence.
Open to the public.
03.29.2023 + 04.26.2023
VIRTUAL / IU / ND
This project is supported in part by The University of Notre Dame, The John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values, Indiana University's Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design, Luddy AI Institute, the Arts and Humanities Council, and the Institute of Digital Arts and Humanities. Special thanks to Professor Ed Comentale, Associate Vice Provost of the Arts and Humanities and Director of IUB Arts and Humanities Council.