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Narrative Engines And Digital Fictions: The Future of Storytelling, AI, and the Creative Economy

June 23, 2021, 5:00 pm5:45 pm
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Christopher Kulendran Thomas in collaboration with Annika Kuhlmann, Being Human, 2019,. Ground Zero at Schinkel Pavillon. Image by Andrea Rossetti

The second iteration of the Thinking Machines will expand on the themes and conversations presented in the exhibition Uncanny Valley: Being Human in the Age of AI.  Join us for the last program of the 3—part series that explores the ethical questions and public discourse around AI. 
 
We live in a moment where narrative shapes perception. From the 2016 Cambridge Analytica scandal on over to computational propaganda and machine learning and deep neural networks, the stories that drive our data-driven society are more pervasive than ever before. Paul Miller will explore the art of storytelling with these tools and give an overview of the contemporary digital stories that drive our era. Miller is in the final stages of his book Digital Fictions: The Future of Storytelling and this is an excerpt from the research he has done to make the book a reality.  Program will be followed by a live Q+A with Claudia Schmuckli, Curator in Charge of Contemporary Art and Programming at Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
 
Check out Paul Miller's TED presentation on "A celebration of the history of the Internet in art and sound"
 
This event is part of Virtual Wednesdays, a weekly YouTube broadcast bringing you unique viewpoints exploring diversity, resilience, and creative spirit in the arts as we aim to reframe our exhibitions and collections. View upcoming Virtual Wednesdays programs.
 

About the Speaker

DJ Spooky aka Paul D. Miller is an experimental and electronic hip-hop musician, composer, multimedia artist, and author. He is a professor of the European Graduate School, an experimental environment for the discussion of issues involving contemporary culture. 

Known for his thought-provoking multimedia performances that incorporate film, recorded sound, and live music, Miller engages audiences on topics from climate change to the global economy, digital media, and the intersection of art, technology, and society. Miller has performed his multimedia pieces at prestigious venues in every continent around the world, from The Tate Modern Gallery in London and The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg to Lincoln Center and BAM in New York; The Herod Atticus Amphitheater in Athens; the Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand International Arts Festivals; and from the main stage of the Bonnaroo Festival to the National Mall in Washington, DC. He was the first artist in residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where he presented five new performance works and a series of lectures and programs themed in reaction to material in the Met’s collection. He is the first artist to be appointed to this position in the Met’s 140-plus-year history.
 

About the Exhibition

In today’s AI-driven world, increasingly organized and shaped by algorithms that track, collect, and evaluate our data, the question of what it means to be human has shifted. Uncanny Valley is the first major exhibition to unpack this question through a lens of contemporary art and propose new ways of thinking about intelligence, nature, and artifice.

Ticket Information

No registration required. Free online event. 

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Contact Information

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Sponsors

Thinking Machines is made possible with support from AppDynamics.