Workshop: ‘Art, AI-created content, & industrial/cultural effects’

Human Data Interaction Network Plus: Workshop and Funding Call

‘Art, AI-created content, & industrial/cultural effects’

Date: Friday 20th September 2019

Timings: 14:00-18:00

Location: Somerset House, London.

Organisers: Atau Tanaka (Goldsmiths) , Tadeo Sendon (Music Hackspace)

Aim of the workshop: Technologies of artificial intelligence and machine learning are increasingly being used creatively in music and the arts. This is evidenced by the recent major exhibition, Beyond Human, at the Barbican, and AI x Music at Ars Electronica. This workshop will bring together artists, musicians, and academic who already use these technologies in cultural production, or who are interested in the creative potential of these technologies.

This will be the third workshop of the EPSRC Network Plus in Human Data Interaction (HDI).  Our aim is to draw together people from all three sectors (academia, public and third sector) to start making connections/partnerships and think about projects and research issues that you’d like us to fund. We aim to use use the ‘lens’ of the HDI conceptual framework to examine and and engage critically with the domain of Art, AI-Created Content, and Industrial/Cultural Effects. (For an introduction to HDI, see https://hdi-network.org/intro_to_hdi/.)

So, as we can see, this area brings up many pressing questions:

  • Is AI generated art as interesting as human authored work?
  • Can machine learning help us model listening habits of spectatorship?
  • Can deep learning model musical style or create novel forms of sound synthesis?

We seek to separate fantasy from reality, and identify realistic research challenges in the midst of all the hype by organising a half day event at Somerset House.

The event will bring together leading researchers, musicians, and social commentators to discuss concrete challenges and opportunities that technologies of information processing bring to music and the creative industries. The discussions will help to shape a subsequent Call for Proposals to fund projects that will put academics into partnership with artists and industry to create new systems and critical studies that look at the deployment of AI and machine learning technologies in creative acts of music making, performing, and listening. The workshop is organised by Prof Atau Tanaka of the Embodied Audiovisual Interaction (EAVI) unit at Goldsmiths in collaboration with the Music Hackspace. Attendance is free of charge.

The theme’s organisers will then use the workshop presentations and discussions to define theme goals, to advance HDI’s tenets of legibility, agency and negotiability in ways appropriate to this domain. In January 2019, we will launch a call for projects centred on these goals. We aim for a portfolio of projects that cover a range of theoretical, technical, and practice-based work. We will use a far-reaching and inclusive approach: requiring that project proposals are assessed not only on technical goals, but on factors such as their ethical and/or social impact, and their strategy for sustainability beyond the term of the NetworkPlus. To allow applicants flexibility of scope, we will offer three levels of funding: £50k, £10k and £2500.

We invite proposals for short presentations (3-5 minutes MAX) by researchers and creative practitioners using technologies of AI, machine learning, and data analysis in the creative sector. For those who want to attend the event, you can simply register to attend.

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. WE’RE FULL, PEOPLE!

There is some money available to cover attendance from people far from London.

Confirmed speakers include:

Matthew Yee King (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Balandino Di Donato (University of Leicester)

Michael Zbyszynski (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Nick Ryan (artist)

Pierre Alexandre Tremblay (University of Huddersfield)

Federico Visi (Piteå School of Music)