In recent years we have witnessed an explosion of interest in artificial intelligence (AI) techniques applied to creativity. This exhibition seeks to take the conversation beyond AI and technology replacing humans and superimposes another layer; to observe how artificial intelligence and human creativity interact and evolve the artistic context. Nature has been a powerful source of artistic inspiration for centuries and still is today – will machines take their inspiration from nature or something else?

About the exhibition

The exhibition brings together the creations of five artists inspired by nature that have been modified and co-produced by AI: LIA, Anna Ridler, Ian Gouldstone, David Bowen, and Jon McCormack.

Their work questions how we work with machines to establish new forms of relationship beyond the utilitarian and explores innovative ways of expression that produce new ways of seeing.

The artists’ approaches vary considerably: for some the software is a mere tool, for others a co-creator with full rights. The works address notions such as intentionality of machines and we will see examples of cutting-edge techniques such as deep learning applied to creation, robotics and generative approaches. Generative art allows constant creation thanks to the action of algorithms established by the artist – a kind of creation by proxy or co-creation. The exhibition has a strong component of live creation and the public will witness the evolution of pieces in permanent development.

The scenography plays with the contrasts: luminous, chromatic and formal.

The exhibition comprises very different spaces; one is full of light, in which the works have a neat organicity inspired by plants, maintaining high chromatic sobriety. Another contains an enigmatic cube inside which we can see a dark space punctuated by moving colourful geometric shapes. The whole aims to provide a recreational tour adapted to all and where each visitor will find reasons to imagine a future next to the machines in an informed and positive way.

Curated by Blanca Pérez Ferrer, supported by Falmouth University.

 

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Photo credit: Jon McCormack