[spectre] CONF: Towards an Automated Art? (Lisbon, 24 May 24)

Andreas Broeckmann LEU andreas.broeckmann at leuphana.de
Mon May 6 09:53:46 CEST 2024

From: Raquel Pereira
Date: May 3, 2024
Subject: CONF: Towards an Automated Art? (Lisbon, 24 May 24)

Colégio Almada Negreiros (CAN), Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Registration deadline: May 15, 2024

"Towards an Automated Art? Learning Machines, Human Creativity and 
Uncertainty"; Colégio Almada Negreiros (CAN) Universidade Nova de 
Lisboa, Campus de Campolide.

Scientific Coordination:
Luis D. Rivero-Moreno (Universidad de León, Spain & IHA-NOVA 
FCSH/IN2PAST, Portugal)
Helena Barranha (Insitituto Técnico Superior, Universidade de Lisboa & 

Cultural production is becoming progressively controlled by machine-made 
calculations. Computational tools in the form of algorithms and AI seem 
to be getting closer to the loop of producing, distributing, selling and
validating artworks in a completely digital context. It is possible to 
predict that, in the near future, they will be able to make their own 
decisions and produce new creative forms without direct human hand 
intervention. The arrival of an entire synthetic creative system is 
drawing nigh.

While images abound and never-ending streams of data are becoming 
unachievable for humans, the need for reflection is more urgent than 
ever. The predominant discourse has naturalised technology as neutral 
and unstoppable, favourable to all. Nevertheless, art might feature 
there not as a blind ally of technology, but as a necessary counterpart, 
a means of reflecting on the need and direction of its benefits through 
its use. The widespread use of software tools and apps makes us 
dependent on our trust in technology while interacting with the real 
physical world. The search engines guide us in our navigation of the 
Internet, its platforms and databases, making things visible in the 
virtual digital world. How are they programmed? By whom? To see what? 
Are we finally entering a new art ecosystem where artists are as 
replaceable as images? Are we becoming immersed in a new mechanized and 
financialized art system where artworks can be rapidly produced, 
consumed and wasted? Can human creativity survive in this context? Can 
machines really learn how to make art?

This one-day conference aims to provide a space for interdisciplinary 
discussion, bringing together different perspectives on the interaction 
between creative practices and digital technologies, with a particular 
emphasis on the still uncertain impact of AI on contemporary arts.


9:00: Registration

9:30 - 10:45: Opening Session (Room 219)

Keynote lecture: “Do Machines Deep Dream of Automated Artists?” – Andrés 
Moderators: Luis D. Rivero Moreno and Helena Barranha

10:45 - 11:15: Coffee break

SESSION 1: 11:15 - 13:00 Questioning the Nature of Art in the Age of AI 
(Room 219)

“AI Art and the Productive Potential of Opacity” – Jasmin Pfefferkorn

“The Aura in Contemporaneity: Destruction or Evolution?” – Rita Cêpa

“Quantum Perspectives in Art and New Media: Towards Temporal Difference” 
– Yana Naidenov

“Latent Space: How Far is Far Away?” – Rodrigo Gomes

13:00 - 14:30: Lunch break

CONCURRENT SESSIONS 2a / 2b: 14:30 - 16:00

History and Archaeology of New Media Art (Room 219)

“Automation in Visual Arts (around 1960): Some Dilemma with a Special 
View to Control” – Michael Rottmann

“From BBSes to DAOs - What Can We Learn from Early 1990s Digital 
Utopianism for Artist Organizations Today?” – Anna-Lisa Scherfose

“The Venice Bienal 2022 and the Let’s get Digital Exhibition in 
Florence. The New Paradigms and Challenges of Digital Art. Will We Be 
Able to Tell the Right Story?” – Filomena Serra

“Making up for Lost Ground and the Exhibition Net Art in the Bermuda 
Triangle… at CAAA in Guimarães” – Sofia Ponte and Maria Luís Neiva

Artistic Research, Copyright and Preservation (Room SE1)

“Creativity and Copyright in a World of AI-Generated Images” – Adelaide 

“Future Us: Speculative (Re)positionings Regarding AI Literacy in 
Artistic Training and Research” – Margarida Alves, Henrique Cabrita and 
Helena Elias

“Dialogues on the Preventive Conservation of the artwork _DATA|ergo 
sum|RELOADED by Ana Marcos” – Irene Vivas Márquez and Keitty de Oliveira 

“Documenting Creative Processes in Generative Art. An Approach through 
Dario Lanza’s Work” – Esther Moñivas Mayor and Darío Lanza Vidal

16:00 - 16:30: Coffee break

CONCURRENT SESSIONS 3a / 3b: 16:30 - 18:00

Automated Creativity and AI Aesthetics (Room 219)

“Emergence of Human-Machine Co-creativity? Shifting from ‘AI Art’ 
Towards Issues in AI Aesthetics” – Alexander Matthias Gerner

“Technologisation of Art or Artisation of Technology? – Discussing AI 
Art in the Museal Context” – Franziska Garms

“Generative AI and the Fear of Images — Looking for Clues about the 
Future of Artificial Intelligence in Iconophobic Reactions to 
Lithography and Desktop Publishing” – Mário Moura

“Family Portrait[s]: ‘Wreading’ the Island through António Aragão” – 
Diogo Marques and Inês Cardoso

Extended Reality and Posthuman Spaces (Room SE1)

“CTRL+Z : On Language, Meaning and Generative Algorithms in 
Architectural Design” – Nathalie Kerschen

“Refiguring the Game Engine as a Speculative Tool: Exploring 
More-than-human Narratives in Volumetric Spaces” – Teodora Sinziana Alata

“Supertopia: Viscous Realities and Material Reconfigurations” – Ana 
Teresa Vicente and Nikolas Gomes

“Dancing in Virtual Reality Exploring the Interplay of Material and 
Virtual Bodies” – Cecília de Lima, Sílvia Pinto Coelho and Rui Filipe 

18:00 - 18:15: Closing Remarks (Room 219)

Registration: Registration is mandatory for all participants and 
attendees. Deadline: 15 May, 2024.
You can find more information here: 
Contact: towardsanautomatedart at gmail.com

Reference / Quellennachweis:
CONF: Towards an Automated Art? (Lisbon, 24 May 24). In: ArtHist.net, 
May 3, 2024. <https://arthist.net/archive/41800>.

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