Artist residency explores big picture behind AI

Artists are being invited to take part in a project that explores how artificial intelligence technologies are shaping everyday life.

The artist-in-residence programme will be run by the University’s Experiential AI research centre at Edinburgh Futures Institute (EFI). The new venture is a collaboration with Ars Electronica, a prestigious Austria-based cultural, educational and scientific institute.

Artists are invited to submit applications on the theme of “Entanglements – fair, moral and transparent AI.” Applications close on 29 October.

New perspectives

The successful artist will be given the opportunity to experiment with new ideas, data and technologies. The aim is to promote artistic and experiential work that offers new perspectives on ethical and responsible applications of AI.

Organisers hope that the ideas generated can feed into the design of AI applications and help boost ethical considerations in the field. The project comes at a time of increased debate about increased automation and machine learning and its impact on areas such as employment, transport, and political debate.

Edinburgh - Linz

The residency will involve several weeks at EFI and the University’s Bayes Centre as well as the Robotarium – a joint project between Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University.

A one-month production residency will follow at the Ars Electronica Futurelab in Linz, Austria.

The results will be presented and discussed at the Ars Electronica Festival and the Edinburgh International Festival.

Experiential AI

Experiential AI is a new programme and centre on the art, ethics and science of artificial intelligence at EFI. It aims to support the creation of significant artistic works, and to inspire new ideas on ethical and responsible AI.

The programme’s ethos is that art can help to demystify AI and create space for an informed public discussion on its impact. The initiative is supported by the Data-Driven Innovation programme of the South East Scotland City and Region Deal.

Ars Electronica

The residency is part of Ars Electronica’s European ARTificial Intelligence Lab. The network comprises 14 renowned institutions from the fields of art and science throughout Europe.

The initiative is financed by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union.

Since its foundation in 1979, Ars Electronica has achieved international renown for linking art, technology and society. It also runs an annual festival and confers the Prix Ars Electronica awards.

At the Edinburgh Futures Institute, artists and scientists are coming together to create artistic works using artificial intelligence that explore the ways algorithms make sense of the world and empower people with knowledge of artificial intelligence systems. There is a real ethical and moral imperative behind this initiative. Our world is being reshaped by these technologies. Art can help us articulate the right questions to be asking at this pivotal moment. Edinburgh is the world's foremost festival city and has been a centre for AI research since the early 1960s. These two strengths combine to create a fertile environment to experiment in Art and AI.

Dr Drew HemmentDirector of the Experiential AI research centre

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