With »Black Boxes for Artists: Short Talks« Albert Barqué-Duran, Samim Winiger and Appu Shaji will kick off the discussion on Creative AI. Albert Barqué-Duran will introduce his Artificial Muse – a performance in collaboration with Mario Klingemann and Marc Marzenit, exploring how an Artificial Neural Network can collaborate with humans in the creative and artistic processes. Samim Winiger will cover the development of deep and reinforcement learning algorithms that expanded the range of technologies available to today’s artists and designers to include self-learning systems. The trained computer vision researcher Appu Shaji discusses in »Recording the Visual« whether or not machines can help us capture a part of visual taste and identity. Afterwards a short break the discussion continues in the Discussion Area complemented by Luba Elliott and Sofia Crespo.
Curated by Luba Elliott and organized in collaboration with Impakt Festival, Utrecht.
Albert Barqué-Duran is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Cognitive Science and a Contemporary Artist at City University of London. Albert’s research concerns new approaches and frameworks for cognitive modelling and judgment and decision-making. His artwork and performances are inspired by his research and combine classical techniques from fine arts such as oil painting, data, digital arts and experimental electronic music. He leads disruptive projects at the intersection of art and research with the aim of finding novel formats of generating scientific knowledge to reflect about contemporary and futuristic issues and its cultural implications. He has exhibited and performed at Sónar+D(Barcelona, Spain), Creative Reactions(London, UK), Cambridge Neuroscience Society (Cambridge, UK), Max Planck (Berlin, Germany), SciArt Center (New York, USA).
Samim Winiger is a designer and code magician, doing Research and Projects at the intersection of Machine Learning, Human-Computer-Interaction, Generative Design and Mindful Creativity. He's interested in a range of ideas, but his focus lies on building tools for enlightenment.
Appu Shaji is the CEO and Chief Scientist at Mobius Labs GmbH, a stealth computer vision startup based in Berlin. Previously he was the Head of Research and Development at EyeEm, where he led a team that was building state of art computer vision based image recognition and ranking systems. Appu co-founded sight.io, where he and his team developed technology to rate images based on computational aesthetics. Sight.io was acquired by EyeEm in 2014. Prior to that, Appu was a post-doctoral researcher in the Image and Visual Representation Group and Computer Vision Lab, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland. He received a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Bombay.