Art and Music in Light of AI


Virtual art gallery at NVIDIA’s GTC features a mix of AI and human creativity.

by HEATHER SCHOELL

In the sea of virtual exhibitions that have popped up over the last year, the NVIDIA AI Art Gallery offers a fresh combination of incredible visual art, musical experiences and poetry, highlighting the narrative of an emerging art form based on AI technology.

The online exhibit — part of NVIDIA’s GTC event — will feature 13 standout artists from around the world who are pioneering the use of AI within their respective fields in music, visual arts and poetry.

The exhibit complements what has become the world’s premier AI conference. GTC, running April 12-16, bringing together researchers from industry and academia, startups and Fortune 500 companies.

A Uniquely Immersive Experience

Unlike other virtual galleries that only depict the artist’s final piece, the AI Art Gallery is a uniquely immersive experience. Visitors can explore each artist’s creative process, the technologies used to bring their creations to life, and the finished works that shine new light on AI’s potential.

In addition to artists from last year’s AI Art Gallery, including Daniel Ambrosi, Helena Sarin, Pindar Van Arman, Refik Anadol, Scott Eaton, and Sofia Crespo and Entangled Others, next month’s exhibition features these prominent artists:

-AIVA (music) – Pierre Barreau and Denis Shtefan, co-founders of Paris-based AI music startup AIVA, combine their computer science and musical composition training to generate personalized soundtracks using AI.

-Allison Parrish (poet) – Parrish is a computer programmer, poet and educator whose “poetry bots,” sit at the intersection of creativity, language and AI.

-Dadabots + Keyon Christ (music) – Music and hacker duo CJ Carr and Zack Zuckowski utilize deep learning algorithms based on large datasets of recorded music to generate expressions of sound that have never existed, yet imply the sounds of soul music. Artist and producer Keyon Christ, formerly known as Mitus, rings his instantly recognizable sound to the tracks generated by Dadabots’ AI.

-64/1 + Harshit Agrawal (visual art) – Brothers Karthik Kalyanaraman and Raghava KK joined with Bangalore-based Harshit Agrawal to create artwork that combines their backgrounds in social studies, art, and emerging technologies. Their project, Strange Genders work, uses AI to understand and showcase how people of India represent gender visually.

-Holly Herndon (music) – Herdon and Matt Dryhurst used deep learning to develop a voice synthesizer, combining a large corpora of voices — an entirely new approach in composition.

-Nao Tokui + Qosmo (music) – In their project, “Neural Beatbox” Japanese artists Tokui and Qosmo use AI’s somewhat unpredictable behaviors to invite visitors to think and create outside of the box.

-Stephanie Dinkins (visual art) – Best described as a transmedia artist, Dinkins creates experiences that spark dialogue about race, gender, aging, and future histories.

Attendees of GTC, which has free registration, will have the opportunity to interact with the artists in panel discussions and workshops. Session highlights include:

Panels and Talks

AI

Representing Natural Forms – April 14, 11 a.m. PT

-Join a discussion with artists Sofia Crespo, Feilican McCormick, Anna Ridler and Daniel Ambrosi to explore how they use AI in their creative process of generating interpretations of natural forms. NVIDIA Technical Specialist Chris Hebert moderates.*

Art in Light of AI – April 13, 8 a.m. PT

-In a discussion led by media artist Refik Anadol, a panel of artists from around the globe, including Harshit Agrawal, Scott Eaton and Helena Sarin, will compare how they combine their fine art backgrounds with their futuristic art practices.

DADABOTS: Artisanal Machine Funk, Generative Black Metal – April 12, 10 a.m. PT

-Moderated by NVIDIA Senior Engineer Omer Shapira, this panel will feature creators and users of electronic instruments that rely on deep learning for their performance — whether to create entirely new sounds and music from existing recordings or to give the music playing a human form.

Using AI to Shape the Language of a Generation – April 12, 12 p.m. PT

-Join a discussion of how language in the age of AI takes on new forms and tells new stories with Allison Parrish, Stephanie Dinkins and Pindar Van Arman, moderated by NVIDIA’s Heather Schoell.

Workshops

-Beatbox with Nao Tokui – April 15, 5 p.m. PT

Nao Tokui, an artist and researcher based in Japan, will lead a beatbox-making workshop using his web-based app, Neural Beatbox.

-Music-Making with AIVA – April 14, 9 a.m. PT

Join the team from AIVA, who’ll lead a music-making workshop using their web-based music app.

Register to join us at GTC April 12-16, and enjoy the AI Art Gallery and related sessions.

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