Januar 2019

Artificial Intelligence and Art

Numbers that paint. AI can do art. Are programmers the new artists? Who can be called creative in this process: man or machine?

Computers calculate faster than humans and they beat us in chess. They could - according to the promise of artificial intelligence - also conquer the supposedly last human domain: creativity. Will Al-Art revolutionise the art market and replace old role models or is it just a playful feature in the art world? To what extent can algorithms autonomously create truly new things? Who will be able to distinguish “pixel strokes” from brushstrokes in the future? Are creative processes completely taken over by artificial intelligence or does AI enable human-machine interaction with increased creativity?

The following guests will discuss this topic at the talk series ‘Digitaler Salon‘ organised by the Alexander von Humboldt-Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG)
  • Clara Herrmann, head of “Webresidencies” (ZKM & Akademie Schloss Solitude)
  • Sebastian Schmieg, artist and programmer, work on algorithmic systems
  • Samim Wininger, designer and engineer, co-founder of creative.ai
Thomas Richter, associated researcher at the HIIG and AI-art-experimenter, will introduce the topic.

Katja Weber will be the host of this event.

The ‘Digitaler Salon’ opens its doors at 6:30 p.m. From 7 p.m., the event will be broadcasted live on hiig.de. Then it is time to join in – at the venue or via Twitter using #DigSal. ‘Digitaler Salon’ takes place every last Wednesday of the month with a different topic. You can find recordings of past events of ‘Digitaler Salon’ and more information here.

A registration for Digitaler Salon is not required. This talk takes place in the scope of ‘Vorspiel 2019’ of ‘transmediale’ and the CTM Festival.

Infos zur Veranstaltung


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