Gestaltungsmaschine Exhibition at AI for Good

Christian “Mio” Loclair, Narciss credt: Anne Freitag

Christian “Mio” Loclair, Narciss credt: Anne Freitag

What is the role of artists in future development of artificial intelligence?

The art exhibition Gestaltungsmaschine, as part of the Art Corner of the AI for Good Global Summit 2019, shows artistic visions of a sustainable future with artificial intelligence, in which AI expands human creativity and helps inspire and create positive impact.

Artifical Muse, Roman Lipski credit: Hannes Meier

Artifical Muse, Roman Lipski credit: Hannes Meier

While AI technologies offer artists and creatives a range of exciting new tools and opportunities, it is in the creation of contexts and the negotiation of what matters to us where true meaning of the work of artists starts to emerge. As the development of AI raises an array of important questions and challenges, we need skilled translators and facilitators to allow us to reflect and inspire these changes. Hence, a comprehensive discourse must include as many voices as possible in order to identify positive visions of how AI may be used for our maximum benefit and to avoid dangerous pitfalls.

UNFINISHED is a work by painter Roman Lipski, artist collective YQP and AI developers from Birds on Mars. As part of a neverending creative dialogue between man and machine, an AI is used to assist the painter as a muse and source of inspiration. The work Narciss by Christian “Mio” Loclair dives into philosophical questions of identity. While we watch a robotic installation that uses AI to analyse itself, we may ask ourselves: What do we always look at, but never fully understand? Extrapolating from today’s possibilities in AI and the life sciences, Artificial Affinity by Sascha Pohflepp, Casper Boehme, Joy Belgassem, Frederike Kintscher, Yun Kuo and Felix Rasehorn, in collaboration with the Berlin Museum of Natural History, is a speculation on how we could aid wild species in more rapidly adapting to anthropocentric environments and vice-versa.

The AI for Good Global Summit is the leading United Nations platform for global and inclusive dialogue on AI. Together with Kompetenzzentrum Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft des Bundes, STATE presents the first exhibition to ever take place at the AI for Good Conference of the United Nations.

All artists shown in the exhibition formed part of the recent AI Innovationcamp, an initiative by the Kompetenzzentrum für Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft, the German Federal Government’s Centre of Excellence for the Cultural and Creative Industries, in collaboration with STATE, and is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, with the mission to explore and highlight the role of artists and creatives in AI development.