November 12, 13:00 (Swedish time)
Title: Musicking with Algorithms: Thoughts on Artificial Intelligence, Creativity, and Agency
Composer, artist, and researcher Palle Dahlstedt presents his thoughts on the role of AI in artistic creative process, and how AI can and could be part of artistic creativity, now and in the future. He present a pragmatic, critical, and sometimes speculative view of what Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) bring to the table for art and music. It is pragmatic in the sense of analyzing what can actually be done today by musicians and composers working with AI, and what is missing in terms of creative agency. How does AI relate to other technologies in the context of art? Yet critical about the popular expectations of AI, its ascribed abilities and agency, and how AI is written and talked about today in terms of creativity. No, computers cannot paint like van Gogh or compose like Bach. What is really the role of humans, as designers, programmers, users, and tweakers, behind current AI applications? Still, I try to be visionary about the long-term future of AI in art and music. Will we ever see autonomous AI artists, composers, and musicians? If so, why would they even care to make art and music for humans?
The talk is based around Dahlstedt's recent book chapter with the same title, published in E.R.Miranda (ed.): Handbook of Artificial Intelligence for Music Foundations, Advanced Approaches, and Developments for Creativity, Springer, 2021. The full text of the chapter can be found here.
Palle Dahlstedt (b.1971) is an artist, composer and researcher from Sweden. He has studied piano, composition and electronic music (MFA, MA), and has a PhD in evolutionary computation for artistic creativity from Chalmers (2004). Dahlstedt studies the deep entanglement of art and advanced technology, particularly in relation to creative and aesthetic implications. He develops new technologies for improvisation, composition and art, and is especially interested in advanced algorithms in creative process, in technologies that allow for embodied performance on electronic sounds, and new kinds of interactions, based on a systems view of emergence from human-technology interactions. He has contributed technologies and theories to the field of computational creativity, and has received extensive artistic research funding from the Swedish Research Council and WASP-HS.
Dahlstedt is currently Professor of Interaction Design at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology, and also lecturer in electronic music composition at the Academy of Music and Drama, Gothenburg. He is also adjunct professor in Art & Technology at Aalborg University, Denmark.
12 November, 2021, 13:00
12 November, 2021, 13:45