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Working Group

Art and AI Working Group

UmArts is leading research in Art, Architecture, Design and Artificial Intelligence (AI) at Umeå University in partnership with the Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program – Humanities and Society (WASP-HS) and Umeå University’s Centre for Transdisciplinary AI (TAIGA). In 2023, curator Sarah Cook will join UmArts as the WASP-HS Guest Professor in Art and AI in partnership with Bildmuseet, Umeå School of Architecture (UMA), and Umeå Institute of Design (UID).

The Art and AI working group will start in 2023 to bring together artists, designers and architects working with AI to share their research and develop new collaborative projects.

The group will consider how arts research can contribute to the social and ethical discourses of AI and machine learning, working in partnership with museums and galleries, artists and curators. The programme will critically interrogate the aesthetics and politics of AI, collaborating with, and challenging the algorithmic logic underpinning hardware and software development. We are interested in how creative encounters can allow publics to experience and engage with the ethical considerations and societal shifts that widespread use of AI will bring and feeding that back into AI development.

Art and AI Talks 2023

The Art and AI talks explore how artists, curators, designers and architects contribute to the social and ethical discourses of Artificial Intelligence and machine learning.

These talks are part of the FrAIday lunchtime online talks series run by TIAGA at Umeå University, every Friday 12.15-13.00 CET. You can read about the whole series and register for the zoom link here.

10 March Ele Carpenter, Director of UmArts and Niclas Kaiser on Embodied Interactive AI

26 May Irini Papadimitrou curator and Director of Future Everything, moderated by Ele Carpenter

9 June Libby Odai artist, moderated by Sarah Cook

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