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STATE Festival presents:

The Age of the AI Artisans

One month exhibition and events program exploring artificial intelligence and its application in the artistic and creative realm

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Made possible by invitation and support of Sister Cities of Los Angeles and Berlin Senate, STATE Festival opens up its first temporary presence in Los Angeles during the month of October 2017. The prototype STATE Studio, set up in a gallery space in the cultural epicenter of downtown Los Angeles, provides the canvas for 4 weeks of program at the intersection of art, science and technology: exhibitions, workshops, performances, panel discussions, films and open labs. Building on STATE Festivals 2016 program “The Sentimental Machine”, and as part of STATE’s thematic series “STATE of AI”, the focus of this one month of program is on the topic artificial intelligence and its application in the creative and artistic realm: How can algorithms enhance us and our creative process in meaningful ways? What aspects of creativity can and do machines cover autonomously already today? What new types of interaction between man and machine are emerging from the rapidly accelerating pace of machine intelligence?

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Regular opening hours: Tue – Sun, 12–7pm (except special events, please check on facebook for updates)

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AICAN, Unhuman: Art in the Age of AI (2017)

Unhuman: Art in the Age of AI is the first exhibition of art produced by the AICAN algorithm. Featuring the materialization of 12 machine-generated images printed on metal sheets, this exhibition showcases the creative potential of artificial intelligence to produce art. Inspired by theories from psychology and employing deep learning techniques, Ahmed Elgammal, professor of computer science and director of the Art and AI Laboratory at Rutgers, designed AICAN not to emulate existing works of art, yet to produce images that are still categorized as art by the program. Curated by Emily L. Spratt, Ph.D. candidate in art history at Princeton, this exhibition is the result of a selection of images picked out of a digital constellation of visual content fabricated by AICAN. Intentionally interrogating the definition of artistic authorship, the concept of creativity, and the meaning of computer-generated art, at the core of this exhibition is an exploration of the role of boundaries in safe-keeping those seemingly inimitable qualities that we consider the hallmarks of the human experience. To understand what is human, we ask what is unhuman?

Mycroft, Free Association (2017)

Who are you, from an artificial intelligence's point of view? Think of something you love, something that defines you, your favorite memory. See what the open source AI creates from your words. Free Association is an interactive installation based on a voice interface that actively converses with its human counterpart. Built as a conversational assistant for everyone, the system continuously listens with a microphone, transcribing audio feeds into text. Through sentiment analysis, Free Association picks up emotional cues and inadvertently pairs it with random imagery retrieved from the web. The images depicted are a reflection of the spoken words and moods expressed by the viewer, who inevitably becomes a performer. The installation plays with concepts of free association and explores the intricate relationship between humans and voice interfaces. Free Association is a work developed by a team at Mycroft AI: Joshua Montgomery (CEO), Derick Schweppe (Chief Designer), and Steve Penrod (CTO). Mycroft is the world’s first open source voice assistant.

Rainer Kohlberger, Keep that dream burning (2017)

Keep that dream burning is an eight-minute experimental short film who invites its viewers on a journey of fine black-and-white particles fluttering across the screen. Coagulating into rough structures, particles transform into a storm of jagged artifacts and steadily changing spots of light accompanied by layers of noise. Entirely based on algorithmic compositions, the audiovisual piece turns dramatic image sequences back to their raw form and discloses them to the oblivious viewer. Trained through machine learning, the independent computer has learned to apply transformations of images in compliance with the aesthetic guidelines of the artist, resulting in flickering lights and floating electronic sounds.
Rainer Kohlberger is an Austrian born freelance visual artist and film maker living in Berlin. His work has been presented at Berlinale, HeK, Basel, MAK, Vienna, Martin-Gropius Bau, Berlin and Transmediale and has won several prizes internationally.

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