MUTEK AI Art Lab: The mini-documentary
Could artificial intelligence replace artists in our society? Given the huge leaps in AI technology in recent years, this no longer seems like an absurd question. From March 1 to 10, 2020, MUTEK brought together a dozen artists, researchers, and thinkers to explore these ideas at the MUTEK AI Art Lab, part of its inaugural partnership with Zú.
Designed by Russian curator Natalia Fuchs (ARTYPICAL, Gamma Festival), the MUTEK AI Art Lab set out to explore AI from a conceptual perspective, to deconstruct popular assumptions about AI, and to investigate our relationship with this cognitive science and its ever-increasing place in our daily lives. Participants at the Art Lab benefitted from ten days of conferences, practical workshops, and masterclasses by renowned professionals, curators, and experts in digital and scientific arts. Natalia Fuchs was joined by Maurice Jones (MUTEK.JP), Peter Kirn (CDM), and Max Frenzel (Qosmo). In addition, the exceptional work of specialized engineer Habib Hajimolahoseini was generously loaned by our partner Stradigi AI.
MUTEK’s mini-documentary, released today, presents the key questions approached at the Lab—including the creative role of AI, its evolution as a technology, and how artists are using it as a tool, aide, or material for critical reflection. The video also highlights Montréal’s position as a hub of AI research and its relevance as a gathering place for artists.
This project was made possible thanks to financial aid from the Initiatives collaboratives art-industrie-savoir en créativité numérique program from the Ville de Montréal (Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal), in collaboration with the Government of Québec.