12 February – 12 March 2021
»During my residency in Ljubljana, I want to explore the field of artificial intelligence in arts – why we make machines mimic humans, and why humans mimic machines. What do we learn about ourselves by outsourcing “humaneness” to machines? There are some interesting starting points on the sweet spot between logic and creativity that can lead to intriguing storytelling or reinterpretation of art genres.
While we try to get machines to behave more human-like, be it a robot, a chat-bot or a logistics system, we have also developed a canon for how a machine behaves when it pretends to be human. For example, there are many movies which include the role of an AI which is speaking, or even acting (like Data from Startrek or TARS from Interstellar). There is no real AI program behind these characters, only screenwriters, imagining what it is like to be a machine. This canon – be it AI-aided image creations, the language of chat-bots or the way an android moves – is the target of my exploration in Ljubljana.
One source of inspiration is the writer Italo Calvino. While writing his novels and short stories, he often used different logic formulas, also stemming from cybernetics and computer science as an underlying pattern. While being creative, he attempted to follow strict and logical rules, not dissimilar to how a machine executes a program.«
Production: Ljudmila, Art and Science Laboratory and Projekt Atol Institute.
The residency is made possible with support from the Ministry of Culture, Municipality of Ljubljana – Department for Culture, and JSKD – Public Fund for Cultural Activities. The project is part of EASTN-DC Network, which is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.
Rosi Grillmair (1991) is an artist, programmer and lecturer on art, culture and technology in her hometown Linz, Austria. Since 2020 she has been working as a freelance artist. Currently, she is working on her project Merkwürdige Momente (memorable/curious moments). The project comprises interventions in public space and an appropriation of infrastructures and objects of collective history. In her work, the freedom of interpretation plays an important role as well as explaining matters of art, language, culture and technology through engaging stories and interactive environments. The media of her works include two very different approaches. On the one hand, she deals with the digital, ephemeral – shaped by programming and visualization. On the other hand, she is interested in capturing moments in long-lasting and natural materials, like stone, wood, and fabrics. Virtuality and haptic experience (handicraft) come together throughout digital fabrication, finding a gradient between abstract and natural phenomena. Rosi Grillmair has exhibited her works at international art festivals and exhibitions. She is a speaker on topics like AI and art, maker culture and creative coding and is part of several open-source communities.