Past Event

Making Art in the Age of Algorithms

December 7, 2018
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Pulitzer Hall (Brown Institute), Columbia University, 2950 Broadway, New York

Event Description:

The Art and Algorithms Reading Group will be hosting a public symposium reflecting on a semester of discussing and debating the technical and critical issues surrounding algorithms that generate art. Winning art from the DSI Data Art Contest will be displayed.

What is the difference between a set of instructions for a person and a set of instructions for a computer? Is training a neural network an artistic endeavor? How can we analyze a piece of music that can be generated infinitely? In what ways are our preferences mediated by algorithms?

Come see talks, demos, and performances inspired by a semester of debating and discussing the technical and critical issues surrounding algorithms, art, and the act of creation.

Symposium Schedule: 

  • 1-2pm: Keynote by Nick Monfort
  • 2-3:30pm: Lightning talks by Columbia grad students
    • Creativity in Automated Drug Discovery (Oscar Chang)
    • You Are What You Stream: Spotify's Algorithms (Audrey Amsellem)
    • Recreating Geometry Using a Limited View (David Watkins)
    • Random Walks Through Poetry (Jeanne Devautour and Samuel Boury)
    • Uncanny Display: Algorithmic Art at the Whitney Museum (Liz Bailey)
    • Metaphors are for Viewing the Paradigm (Katy Gero)
    • Congratulations! You are Now an Algorithm! (Eamonn Bell)
  • 3:30pm-4pm: Wrap up and reflections

Event Information:

Please visit the event webpage for more information. Learn more about the Art and Algorithms Reading Group in our Seed Grant Spotlight news article

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