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Futurological Congress 2020

A POSTCARD FROM THE FUTURE

4PM-8PM

4pm-5.30pm Natalia Fuchs, Chris Salter, Peter Kirn “AI Aesthetics in Art” opening talk and discussion
6.30pm- 8pm Emilio Vavarella “On cyberbots, Internet animals and mechanical life: discussing the theory and practice of artistic research” artist talk moderated by Peter Kirn and Chris Salter

The group of selected artists and musicians will be part of the remote micro-residency at Transart to work on the re-enactment of the AI installations and performances and development of AI Art Manifesto that will be introduced in the public program.

Among the artists and researchers are: HEXORCISMOS (MX/DE), Isabella Salas (MX/CAN), Emilio Vavarella (IT), Ilia Symphocat (RU), Xenia Sangina (RU), Natalya Soboleva (RU).

Curated by Natalia Fuchs (ARTYPICAL, RU).

Facilitated by Peter Kirn (USA) and Chris Salter (CAN).

Several special sessions of the micro-residency will be broadcasted online.

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A POSTCARD FROM THE FUTURE II

4PM-8PM

4pm-5pm Natalya Soboleva “Artificial Intelligence: from research to art practice”
5pm-6pm Natalia Fuchs, Chris Salter, Peter Kirn “AI Art as a method” discussion
6.30pm-8pm Hexorcismos x Isabella Salas “Transfiguration” artist talk moderated by Peter Kirn and Chris Salter

The group of selected artists and musicians will be part of the remote micro-residency at Transart to work on the re-enactment of the AI installations and performances and development of AI Art Manifesto that will be introduced in the public program.

Among the artists and researchers are: HEXORCISMOS (MX/DE), Isabella Salas (MX/CAN), Emilio Vavarella (IT), Ilia Symphocat (RU), Xenia Sangina (RU), Natalya Soboleva (RU).

Curated by Natalia Fuchs (ARTYPICAL, RU).

Facilitated by Peter Kirn (USA) and Chris Salter (CAN).

Several special sessions of the micro-residency will be broadcasted online.

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A POSTCARD FROM THE FUTURE III

4PM – 8PM

4pm-5pm Ilia Symphocat x Xenia Sangina “Notation AI” artist talk moderated by Peter Kirn and Chris Salter

5pm-6pm Natalia Fuchs, Chris Salter, Peter Kirn “AI Contexts: Agency, Ownership and Data sources” discussion

6.30pm-8pm “AI Art Manifesto” presented by Natalia Fuchs, Chris Salter, Peter Kirn, Emilio Vavarella, Hexorcismos, Isabella Salas, Natalya Soboleva, Ilia Symphocat x Xenia Sangina

The group of selected artists and musicians will be part of the remote micro-residency at Transart to work on the re-enactment of the AI installations and performances and development of AI Art Manifesto that will be introduced in the public program.

Among the artists and researchers are: HEXORCISMOS (MX/DE), Isabella Salas (MX/CAN), Emilio Vavarella (IT), Ilia Symphocat (RU), Xenia Sangina (RU), Natalya Soboleva (RU).

Curated by Natalia Fuchs (ARTYPICAL, RU).

Facilitated by Peter Kirn (USA) and Chris Salter (CAN).

Several special sessions of the micro-residency will be broadcasted online.

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Artistic Prelude

KRANHALLE, NOI TECHPARK
Installation “DO YOU LIKE CYBER?” by Emilio Vavarella (Italy)

“DO YOU LIKE CYBER?” is a sound installation composed of three parametric speakers attached to swiveling robotic arms. Parametric speakers are similar to lasers in that they radiate sound in a single focused direction – as opposed to conventional speakers, which spread the sound in all directions. Additionally, the sound bounces off hard surfaces such as walls, creating virtual sound sources and making it difficult to detect its origin. Playing with the idea of deceitful messages, the speakers in Do You Like Cyber? broadcast a series of short audio messages that were used by AI chatbots.

18.00 – 20.00
NOISE, NOI TECHPARK
STUDIO VISITS – WHERE FUTURE HAPPENS

Moscow: ::vtol:: / Dmitry Morozov (Russia)
Cambridge, Massachusets: Joe Davis (USA)
Beijing: Lu yang (China)

20.30 – 21.15
SEMINAR 1

Artist Talk by Chris Salter (Concordia University, Canada) “AI: What’s art got to do with it?”
Artificial Intelligence has been hailed as the “next new thing” in cultural production and the art world. From Christie’s auctioning off paintings produced by machine learning algorithms to
large scale exhibitions in major museums around the world, it appears that AI has just emerged, providing unprecedented new possibilities for artistic expression with machines. But history tells a different story: artists already began to be interested in the possibilities of machine consciousness already in the 1960s within an experimental climate of experimentation within what Umberto Eco famously called “the open work” or “arte programmata” – the programmable artwork. But the AI these artists were interested in also had a different worldview – one of symbols and reason, rules and logic – a view that fit the historical Cold War moment and, at the same time, that could be rebelled against and criticized. This talk aims to compare that moment with the resurgence of AI in the arts today.

21.30 – 22.15
OPEN AIR THEATRE
NOTATION AI

AV Performanceby Symphocat (Russia) x Xenia Sangina (Russia) x MDI Ensemble (Italy)
Ilia Symphocat (Russia) x Xenia Sangina (Russia) will present “NOTATION AI” AV performance together with MDI Ensemble (Italy). “Notation_AI”, an audio-visual performance, live graphic notation created with participation of programmer Oleg Potiy, as well with support by curator Natalia Fuchs. The project arose from results of laboratory “Gamma_LAB AI ” (2019, Russia) where the dataset for the performance was created out of the music of avant-garde composers of the 20th century. At the festival TRANSART 2020, listeners and viewers will be expected to collaborate between media performers and the Italian collective of classical musicians MDI Ensemble, which will be presented as a string quartet. “NOTATION AI” is presented in collaboration with Gamma Festival (St Petersburg, Russia).

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DAY 1

SEMINAR 1
17.30 – 17.50 Opening speech from the Arctic by Riccardo Manzotti, philosopher (Italy). “Being conscious without being alive: AI, mind, and life”
17.50 – 18.00 Opening of the congress by Roland Psenner, President at Eurac Research (Italy), and Knut Weber, artistic director at Stadttheater Ingolstadt (Germany)
18.00 – 18.20 ALONE, Asalute from Ingolstadt with Mira Fajfer actress, and Stefano di Buduo, video artist (Germany)
18.20 – 19.00 Digital humanism, Julian Nida-Rümelin, philosopher (Germany)
19.00 – 19.40 Immortality or bust, Zoltan Istvan, transhumanist (USA)

Dinner/Appetitive Break at Noisteria

20.15 – 20.45
SEMINAR 2

Transfiguration
AV Performance by HEXORCISMOS (Mexico/Germany) & Isabella Salas (Mexico/Canada)

HEXORCISMOS (MX/DE) will present AV live performance in collaboration with Isabella Salas (MX/CAN) as visual / transmedia layer creation. Musically this work is based on the album “Transfiguration”, the first full-length album from Hexorcismos’s ongoing research focused on Artificial Intelligence for raw audio synthesis. The work revolves around the idea of transfiguration, approaching the Neural Network as an alchemical technology for distillation of styles. “Transfiguration” treats the GAN (Generative Adversarial Network) as a kind of homunculus able to morph one sound design aesthetic into another, while preserving the audio input’s cadence and long-form structure.

20.45 – 21.45
SEMINAR 1

AI, Alien life and the future of the mind
Susan Schneider, NASA-Baruch Blumberg Chair, Library of the Congress and NASA

Augmented intelligence: How machines and humans co-create
Matthias Röder, Co-Founder of Sonophilia & The Mindshift / CEO Karajan Institute (Germany)

Living & working in the ocean
Grace Young, engineer at X, Alphabet’s Moonshot Factory (USA)

21.45 – 22.30
SEMINAR 1

Humanity in the age of Artificial Intelligence
Discussion with: Julian Nida-Rümelin (Germany), Zoltan Istvan (USA), Grace Young (USA), Stefan Brandt (Germany), Knut Weber (Germany), Oliver Kutz (Italy).
Moderated by: Harald Pechlaner, Head of the Center for Advanced Studies, Eurac Research (Italy)

22.30 – 23.00
SEMINAR 2

Transfiguration
AV Performance by HEXORCISMOS (Mexico/Germany) & Isabella Salas (Mexico/Canada)

21.30 – 23.00
PIAZZA NOI TECHPARK

Imental Music Tape
Sound Installation by Symphocat (Russia)
Looking to the stars from deck chairs

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DAY 2

10.00 – 18.00 
SEMINAR 2
“UNDER CONTROL I ctrl+c(ut)” Installation by ::vtol:: (RU)

The project is an abstract robotic model of a nematode worm, which the viewer needs to “cut” in a certain place with an RFID tag plastic card. Cutting a worm with a card, we are, as it were, conducting an experiment that is possible with some types of worms, in which cutting them, under the influence of regeneration, leads to the emergence of two independent individuals. When “cutting”, a digitized DNA and a mathematical model of the worm’s nervous system are recorded on the card using a special scanner/reader placed in the worm. Thus, the worm divides not only physically, but also digitally – another copy of its DNA appears, which increases the chances of preserving the species. Visitors leave the card with this data to themselves. On the one hand, this is an ironic installation on the topic of information copying, digital life, and bioinformatics. On the other hand, this is a kinetic project with a non-standard form of interactivity.

10.00 – 18.00
KRANHALLE
Installation “DO YOU LIKE CYBER?” by Emilio Vavarella (Italy)

10.00 – 18.00
NOISE, NOI TECHPARK
STUDIO VISITS – WHERE FUTURE HAPPENS

Moscow: ::vtol:: / Dmitry Morozov (Russia)
Cambridge, Massachusets: Joe Davis (USA)
Beijing: Lu yang (China)


TALKS @ SEMINAR 1

10.00 – 10.20
Machines and creativity
Holger Volland, Vice President Frankfurter Buchmesse (Germany)

10.20-10.40
Preserving vital creative energy: How to act in times of dying systems

Rob van Kranenburg, founder of Council_IoT (Netherlands)

10.40-11.00
The Joys of Not Writing: Why do we want to create art with computers?

Kathrin Passig, writer (Germany)

11.00 – 12.00
Can machines create art?
Introduction by Roland Benedikter, Co-Head of the Center for Advanced Studies, Eurac Research (Italy)
Discussion with Holger Volland (Germany), Riccardo Manzotti (Italy), Natalia Fuchs (Russia), Hoxorcismos/Moises Horta Valenzuela (Mexico/Germany), ::vtol::/Dmitry Morozov (Russia), Robin Meier (France).
Moderated by Peter Kirn, Create Digital Music (USA/Germany)

12.00 – 12.20
AI as an art collaborator
Ahmed Elgammal, computer scientist (USA)

12.20 – 12-40
Global catastrophic risks
Anders Sandberg, computational neuroscientist (UK)

12.45 – 13.10
The Future of Everything
Closing words by Jason Silva, futurist (USA)