NFF Conferentie: Algorithmic Aesthetics

AI often makes the news in a negative sense: robots are stealing our jobs and algorithms are taking over the world. But could AI also be creative? Does it inspire people or collaborate with them on artistic productions? And if so, how will it affect the role of the artist or filmmaker? In this panel, we examine the input of the algorithm in the creative process, in cooperation with media lab Telemagic, public broadcaster VPRO and the very first AI Song Contest.

The members of Telemagic – Cyanne van den Houten, Roos Groothuizen and Ymer Marinus – describe themselves as ‘spiritual surfers’. In collaboration with master’s students at the University of Amsterdam, they are working on a musical self-learning algorithm called vNine: an AI that simultaneously functions as conductor, musician and instrument. The VPRO Medialab took part in the first AI Song Contest this year. In collaboration with rapper Willie Wartaal, team Can AI Kick It and team Untapped Potential, with the song Abbus they explored the role AI can play in the creative process. The programme will be moderated by Dan Hassler-Forest, an assistant professor at Utrecht University with a background in film and television studies, and a speaker and author on topics such as politics and visual culture, digital culture and science fiction.

With: Cyanne van den Houten (Telemagic), Valentin Vogelman (University of Amsterdam), Annelies Termeer, (VPRO) & Chantalla Pleiter (Team Abbus)
Moderator: Dan Hassler-Forest

Language: English

This event is part of the NFF Conference: Life As We Know It.
Tue 29 Sep 12:00 - 13:00