Once, art was considered the exclusive domain of human creativity. However, in 2018 the international auction house Christie's sold the first AI-generated painting for $ 432,500. Writing poetry, composing music or imitating paintings by the great masters; AI systems seem limitlessly creative, whether or not driven by people. More and more designers and artists use AI systems as a tool for innovative art projects. What new possibilities unfold thanks to self-learning AI? Is the sky the limit?
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- Vera van de Seyp is a designer and creative coder with great interest in typography, languages and artificial intelligence. In her work, she explores new technologies, digital tools and fields in media where boundaries are still blurry and yet to be defined. Projects vary from playful websites, to live data-scraping installations and record covers generated by AI. What fascinates her about creative algorithms?
- Babusi Nyoni is a Zimbabwean innovator and designer focused on the uses of artificial intelligence on the African continent. In 2016, he created what Forbes magazine described as, “the world’s first AI football commentator” for the UEFA Champions League final. In 2018, he created the Vosho Fo’sho dance app, that in 2019 inspired an app for the early diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.
- As part of art-meets-tech collective Telemagic, Roos Groothuizen created the project ‘Concert in A.I.’, a series of concerts where self-learning musical algorithm ‘AlgoRhythmics’ is the host, conductor, instrument and musician. Arran Lyon was involved in the project as one of the coders. With the concerts, they search for new insights in music, creation, space and visual design. How do they look at the end result?
- Andreas Refsgaard is an artist and creative coder based in Copenhagen who uses algorithms and machine learning to make unconventional connections between inputs and outputs. This results in projects such as fAIry tales, fairy tales from mundane images generated by machine learning, and Booksby.ai, an online bookstore which sells science fiction novels generated by an artificial intelligence.
- Since 2015, VPRO Medialab has been exploring the narrative potential of new technology on behalf of the VPRO. Their newest project ‘AI Song Festival’ explores if a computer is able to write a Eurovision songfestival hit. Can AI help to write a successful song, just like Duncan Laurence did last year? Annelies Termeer shares the story behind the project, organized by the VPRO in collaboration with 3FM and NPO Innovation.