Intelligent Machines That Learn
  • Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building

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As computers and software become 'smarter', more autonomous and ubiquitous, how does this impact human creativity, and the role of the artist? 

In this talk, Memo Akten will briefly cover some of his meanderings in this area, particularly within the context of the recent developments in deep learning. This includes explorations in i) real-time, interactive computational systems for artistic, creative expression, ii) intelligent systems for human-machine collaborative creativity, and iii) investigating how we make sense of the world, and project meaning onto noise.

Artist information

Memo Akten is an artist from Istanbul, currently based in Sussex. His work explores the collisions between nature, science, technology, ethics, ritual, tradition and religion. Combining critical and conceptual approaches with investigations into form, movement and sound he creates data dramatisations of natural and anthropogenic processes. He studies and works with complex systems, behaviour, algorithms and software; and collaborates across many disciplines spanning video, sound, light, dance, software, online works, installations and performances. Alongside his practice, he is currently working towards a PhD at Goldsmiths University of London in artificial intelligence and expressive human-machine interaction, exploring collaborative co-creativity between humans and machines.

Memo received the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica in 2013 for his collaboration with Quayola, ‘Forms’. Past exhibitions and performances include the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Royal Opera House, London; Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow; La Gaîté lyrique, Paris; Holon Design Museum, Israel and the EYE Film Institute, Amsterdam. His work has also been featured in books, academic papers, magazines and websites such as Wallpaper*, Dazed, Eye magazine, Guardian, BBC, Financial Times, Wired and Dezeen.

This free lecture is open to all with seating on a first come, first served basis. No booking is required. Contact stavros.didakis@plymouth.ac.uk for further information.

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