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AI and Cultural Production

ASCA Reading Group organised by Dr Pei-Sze Chow and Dr Claudio Celis Bueno

First session on 29 March 2022.

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In recent years, AI-driven technologies like machine learning, computer vision, GANs, and natural language processing are increasingly being used in the production milieus of film, television, visual art, music, gaming, design, and other creative fields. This reading group aims to explore texts and discourses around the emergence of AI in the realm of cultural production, paying particular attention to its social, aesthetic, economic, and political consequences. 

Topics of interest range from examining concrete applications of the technology (concerns of bias and diversity in the deployment of this technology, the economics behind it, changes in traditional workflows in the creative industry, its effect on cultural consumption and the production of taste, etc.) to more abstract and conceptual questions (how is the notion of creativity being transformed? Is the function of culture mutating? Will this technology result in a standardisation of cultural production and, if so, in what way would this differ from previous versions of the culture industry?).  

The reading programme will be defined collectively at the beginning of each semester. All staff and graduate students (from within or outside of UvA) interested in the topic are welcome to join.

Dates for Semester 2, 2021/2022

Venue: BG1, Turfdraagsterpad 9, Room 0.03

and simultaneously on Zoom ID: 815 1097 3685 Passcode: 045586

Time: 16:00-18:00 on the following Tuesdays:

  • 29 March 2022 – AI and cultural production, music
  • 26 April 2022 – Extractivism and bias
  • 24 May 2022 – Posthuman creativity
  • 21 June 2022 – Methods
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