Media Art and AI: The creative revolution?

On the 9th and 10th of Octo­ber 2023, an Eng­lish-lan­guage event took place at the Film Academy Baden-Württem­berg, centered around the over­arch­ing theme of "Impulses, Exchange, Story Mar­ket". The dis­cus­sion on "Media Art and AI: The cre­at­ive revolu­tion?" on late Monday even­ing was led, among oth­ers, by Dr. Erwin Fey­er­sing­er from the Uni­ver­sity of Tübin­gen. Oth­er par­ti­cipants included Dave McK­ean, Bor­is Eld­ag­sen, and Jochen Laube. The host was Pro­fess­or Thomas Schadt, and the event was mod­er­ated by Dr. Jan Pinkava.

The focus of the con­ver­sa­tion revolved around the chal­lenges and emer­ging ques­tions con­cern­ing AI as a cre­at­ive tool for pro­du­cing art. For instance, the res­ult of an AI-assisted cre­at­ive pro­cess can sig­ni­fic­antly dif­fer from the ori­gin­al idea an artist ini­tially inten­ded to con­vey. Inter­act­ing with this new cat­egory of tools and pro­cesses sparked dis­cus­sions about the defin­i­tion of cre­ativ­ity. Fur­ther­more, eth­ic­al con­sid­er­a­tions played a role in the dis­course regard­ing the role of AI in the world of media: how can mod­ern tech­no­logy be integ­rated into the realm of art?

Ulti­mately, the con­ver­sa­tion shed light on how media and AI can com­ple­ment each oth­er and mutu­ally influ­ence one anoth­er. We are delighted to have been a part of it!

Link to the event: Inform­a­tion | Film Academy Baden-Württem­berg GmbH