UU & Academy: Open round table AI & the Arts

SPRING Academy & Universiteit Utrecht

What can AI do for the arts? What can the arts do for AI research? How can AI and the arts help to answer each other’s questions? These are some of the questions that will be addressed during this roundtable organized by the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON) and the Special Interest Group AI in Cultural Inquiry and Art with the SPRING Performing Arts festival. We will speak with Festival Fellow Chris Salter (Professor and Director of the Immersive Arts Space of the Zurich University of the Arts), Kim Vincs (Professor of Interactive Media and director of the Centre for Transformative Media Technologies at Swinburne University), Asa Hovitz (composer and performance maker) and Mehdi Dastani (Professor and chair of Intelligent Systems and co-chair of the Human Centered AI focus area at Utrecht University). The discussion will be chaired by David Gauthier and Maaike Bleeker

This Roundtable is organized in collaboration with the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON) and the SiG AI in Cultural Inquiry and Art at Utrecht University.

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Mehdi Dastani is the chair of the Intelligent Systems group at Utrecht University. Inspired by knowledge and insights from other disciplines such as philosophy, psychology, economy, and law, Dastani investigates the design and development of intelligent systems whose behaviors are driven by social and cognitive factors such as knowledge, desires, norms, responsibility, and emotions.  https://www.uu.nl/staff/MMDastani/
Asa Horvitz (US/NL) is a performance maker and composer/musician. Horvitz studied composition with Alvin Lucier and Anthony Braxton and graduated from DAS Arts/DAS Theatre in 2021. Recent work has been supported by The New Museum, Microscope Gallery (NYC), deSingel, Het HEM, Het Muziekgebouw, Frascati, wpZimmer, etc. He led the band VALES; collaborations include Ben Seretan, Anna Webber, Kalup Linzy, Scott Gibbons/Romeo Castellucci, Pavel Zustiak. Horvitz is a MacDowell, Fulbright, and Camargo fellow, and is supported by Standplaats Midden Utrecht. https://asahorvitz.com/

Chis Salter’s work explores the borders between the senses, art, design and new technologies through large-scale installations as well as books, critical writings and lectures on the international scene. He was Professor of Computation Arts in the Department of Design and Computation Arts at Concordia University, Montreal. He recently relocated to the Zürich University of the Arts where he is now Professor of Immersive Arts and Director of the Immersive Arts Space. https://www.chrissalter.com/

Kim Vincs is a dancer, choreographer and interactive media artist and researcher who has been working in creative technology for over 30 years. Formerly Professor of Interactive Media within the Department of Film and Animation at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, and Director of the Centre for Transformative Media Technologies, she is now a Senior Principal Research Fellow at CTMT. https://www.swinburne.edu.au/research/our-research/access-our-research/find-a-researcher-or-supervisor/researcher-profile/?id=kvincs



22/05/2023 15:00


gratis / free


Stadsschouwburg Utrecht Zocherfoyer


SPRING 2023 


Duration: 2 hours

Language: English

Accessibility:  (visual elements not very important)

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