A series of conversations moderated by Natalie Klym and produced in partnership with the BMO Lab in Creative Research in the Arts, Performance, Emerging Technologies and AI, Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto
Technology is in a constant dialogue with artistic practice, shifting the sources, sites, and nature of both creativity and technical expertise as they co-evolve. This webinar series is designed to explore the parameters of human creativity and the role of AI in the creative process. Building on David Rokeby’s framing of AI as foil, “traditional” artists will be paired with AI practitioners for a moderated discussion including respondents from the CDTPS Lab.
In each session, the artist will present the details of their craft while the AI practitioner considers where machine learning potentially plays a role and how it may transform the current set of creative processes, the work itself, and ultimately culture and society. Exploring the intimate details of the artist’s work and relationship to their tools will likewise shed light on the goals and trajectories of AI research. An emphasis will be placed on the role of the human body and physical space in both creating and consuming/using creative works.
Through these dynamic conversations we will explore the deeper questions such as, What are the unique properties of AI as a creative tool and artistic medium? Can we distinguish between technical and creative processes when making art? What is lost and what is gained when we automate creativity?
These webinars will serve to further the Lab’s inquiry into the potential roles of AI and emerging technologies in human creativity and contribute to defining research and artistic residency goals and directions.
Sessions are scheduled for 45 minutes, via Zoom. Natalie Klym will introduce the theme + speakers and moderate the discussion.
Past Events (With Recordings)
- AI as Foil Series: A New Musical Frontier: AI Meets Music – Oct 8, 2021A Discussion with music producer Annelise Noronha and AI scientist Sageev Oore Friday, October 8, 2021 moderated by Natalie Klym and hosted by the BMOLab at the University of Toronto. Craft/discipline: Music Guest artist: Annelise Noronha, Producer / Engineer AI respondent: Sageev Oore, CIFAR Artificial Intelligence Chair, Vector Institute and Dalhousie University Music making has gone through several major technological revolutions since the gramophone, each one … Read more
- AI as Foil Series: The Essence of Style: AI Meets Fashion Design – Feb 19, 2021A Discussion with fashion designer Daniela Bosco and Idris Mootee, CEO of Urbancoolab Friday, February 19, 2021, 2:00-2:45pm This online event was part of the series AI as Foil: Exploring the Co-evolution of Art and Technology curated by Natalie Klym. Craft/discipline: Fashion design Guest artist: Daniela Bosco, Creative Consultant/Stylist AI respondent: Idris Mootee, Co-founder of Urbancoolab When Toronto fashion designer Daniela Bosco creates, she … Read more
- AI as Foil Series: The Automation of Beauty: AI’s Role in Architecture – Nov 27A Discussion with Thom Payne, Architect, and Francesco Iorio, CEO and Chief Scientist, Augmenta AI Friday, November 27, 2:00-2:45pm Here is the recording of the Zoom Event: This online event is part of the series AI as Foil: Exploring the Co-evolution of Art and Technology curated by Natalie Klym. Craft/discipline: Architecture, Drawing Guest artist: Thomas Payne, Architect AI respondent: Francesco Iorio, … Read more
- AI as Foil Series: Moves Like Moon Watcher – Oct 9The pioneering AI movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey, brought us one of the most iconic (and brutal) opening scenes in the history of film, The Dawn of Man. This classic cinematic moment features the ape-man, Moon Watcher, transforming the bone of a dead animal into a weapon, sealing the fate of humankind. Made long before … Read more