The Creative AI Lab is a collaboration between Serpentine R&D Platform and the Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London. New approaches to aspects of Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML) including interface design, production and engagement have emerged from artistic practices. The aim of the lab is to surface this ‘back-end’ knowledge and link it to wider artistic and curatorial practices in order to overcome the existing ‘black-box’ narratives. Through the lens of art-making, the lab produces knowledge for cultural institutions, artists, engineers and researchers on how to engage AI/ML as media. Additionally, the lab aims to develop institutional capacities to engage with these media for the benefit of the wider cultural sector.  


Our research currently investigates: 

⭢ AI tools supporting artistic practices 

⭢  The changing nature of artistic and curatorial practices as a result of working with AI/ML

⭢  Creative AI as a critical practice

⭢  Aesthetics of AI/ML

Cultural institutions offer a much-needed societal space to critically engage with advanced/deep machine learning technologies. To support this, the Creative AI Lab focuses on a range of research output that includes (1) a growing Creative AI Tools & Resources Database, (2) research workshops, public discussions and writing (3) a series of online tutorials which surface AI/ML infrastructures by exploring their interfaces, called R&D Labyrinths.

The Creative Lab is part of the R&D Platform at Serpentine advancing new forms of cultural production through Future Art Ecosystems (FAE) and labs like this one. Get in touch at fae@serpentinegalleries.org


Activity

Roundtable at Trust in Berlin—Working & Creating with Machine Learning  [2 Nov 2019]

Roundtable at KCLNeural Networks in the Gallery [11 Dec 2019]

Funding—Lab awarded UK Research and Innovation funding [Jan 2020]

Funding—Doctoral Research Creative AI as a Medium in Artistic and Curatorial Practice funded by LAHP, Alasdair Milne appointed [April 2020]

Official Launch—Creative AI Lab [9 Jul 2020]

Official Launch—Creative AI Database [9 Jul 2020]

Commission—Luba Elliot ML/AI tools for artists [9 Jul 2020]

Commission—Allison Parrish The Umbra of an Imago [14 Aug 2020]

Panel Discussion—Aesthetics of New AI  [9 Oct 2020]

Reader— 001: Aesthetics of New AI  [9 Oct 2020]

Roundtable at KCL—Curatorial Capabilities and ML [3 Dec 2020]

Partnership/collaborationMaggie Roberts/0rphan Drift and Etic Lab enter into long-term collaboration around the ISCRI Project [Oct 2020]

Team—Daniel Chávez Heras joins the Lab [18 Dec 2020]

Research—Monthly reading group begins [please email evaj@serpentinegalleries.org to join a session]

Research—Experimental HUO9000 project linked to language processing, data cleaning and interface design with Dr Andrew Starkey (University of Aberdeen), Allison Parrish and DVTK [ongoing]

Publication—Lab in Liverpool Biennial's Journal Stages #9 [7 Feb 2021]

Panel Discussion—The Interfaces of AI Art Practices [12 Feb 2021]

Reader002: Aesthetics of New AI Interfaces [12 Feb 2021]

Funding—Lab awarded Artist Machine Intelligence humanities research funding [16 April 2021]

Commission—Performance artist Kite presents Poetic Bibliography: Everything I Say is True [23 April 2021]

CommissionR&D Labyrinths series debuts, a prototype of the Creative AI Lab which becomes part of Serpentine's Digital Commission programme in 2022 (created in collaboration with Trust) [5 May 2021]

Research/publication—Lab investigators Mercedes Bunz and Eva Jäger present their academic research at Art Machines II conference in Hong Kong [June 2021]

Panel DiscussionA Cephalopod<>Machine Encounter: Maggie Roberts of 0rphan Drift [11 Oct 2021] 

Panel Discussion—Tactical Entanglements: In Conversation With Martin Zeilinger [15 Nov 2021]

Reader003: Aesthetics of AI Entanglements [15 Nov 2021]

TeamJoanna Zylinska join the Lab [Nov 2021]


Partners

R&D Platform, Serpentine

Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London

Digital Theory Lab, New York University

Rhizome, New Museum, New York

Maggie Roberts/0rphan Drift and Etic Lab ISCRI Project


People

Dr Mercedes Bunz—Department of Digital Humanities, KCL

Eva Jäger—Arts Technologies, Serpentine, London

Professor Joanna Zylinska—Department of Digital Humanities, KCL

Alasdair Milne—LAHP PhD Researcher, Department of Digital Humanities, KCL

Dr Daniel Chávez Heras—Department of Digital Humanities, KCL

Dr Serena Iervolino—Culture, Media & Creative Industries, KCL

Black Shuck Collective—Database development


Other Acknowledgments

We owe many people thanks for their contributions to the making of the Creative AI Lab starting with Sumitra Upham for initially putting Eva Jäger and Mercedes Bunz in contact. We are indebted to the Design Museum London for initially supporting our interest in AI by hosting two workshops on ‘The (Missing) Interface of New AI’; the insights gained during those seminars are still key to our research. For their fantastic support positioning the lab, many thanks to Serpentine's Digital team: Ben Vickers, Kay Watson, Sophie Netchaef and Victoria Ivanova. We are grateful also to the Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London, especially Delphine van der Pauw who spotted every mistake we overlooked in our AHRC grant application and Jack Gordon who carefully manages our budget. For his natural skepticism and warm support, thanks to Tobias Blanke (University of Amsterdam). Our work is also informed by conversations with Suzanne Livingston, Murad Khan, Daniel Chavez Heras, Allison Parish, Luba Elliott, Julia Kaganskiy, James Wreford, Jules LaPlace, Ricardo Savedro, Natalie Kane, Leonardo Impett among others. Most of all, this project would not exist without the work of the artists, programmers and theorists who contribute to this project and to the field at large. Thank you!


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