School of IGM Presents Philippe Pasquier's "Co-creation With Generative Systems in Art and Design" Talk

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Philippe Pasquier

"Co-Creation With Generative  Systems in Art and Design" Abstract: 

Creative AI is the scientific field that studies the partial or complete automation of creative tasks. Be it through the augmentation of existing creative software or through embedded real-time generation, these algorithms have a growing impact on creative practices. Now that generative algorithms have human-competitive skills for many creative tasks, and are being deployed for professional and amateur alike, it is critical to evaluate and discuss the implications of such developments. We introduce challenges and opportunities arising from these developments through a series of examples of systems developed at the Metacreation Lab and experiments conducted with these systems. We will present interfaces for computer-assisted music composition, sound design, movement computing, generative animation and moving images, and discuss their evaluation with a focus on technological, cultural and sociological acceptance be it by creators or their audiences.


Philippe Pasquier Bio:

Philippe Pasquier is scientific researcher, a multidisciplinary media artist, an educator, and a community builder. Philippe is a Professor at Simon Fraser University's School for Interactive Arts and Technology, in Vancouver (Canada), where he directs the Metacreation Lab for Creative AI. There, he is pursuing a multidisciplinary research-creation program focused on generative systems and applied AI for creative tasks.

The Metacreation Lab artistic work has been shown in prominent venues on six continents, including at Ars Electronica (Austria), Centre Pompidou (France), Eastern Block (Canada), Earzoom festival (Slovenia), ISEA2012 (Turkey), ISEA2014 (Dubai), ISEA2016 (Honk Kong), ISEA2017 (Columbia), Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal (Canada), Mutek Festival (Canada), Plus One Gallery (USA), Space One (Korea), Sydney Biennale (Australia), Vooruit (Belgium), ZKM (Germany), ICST (Switzerland), and Akbank (Turkey).

Along with the Metacreation Lab fellows, Philippe has co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed contributions presented in the most rigorous scientific venues. His MOOC class on Generative Art and Computational Creativity on the Kadenze platform is serving thousands.

Philippe's projects are also finding industrial applications in the creative industry at large and have gained support and recognition from more than 20 scientific or cultural institutions including the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), MITACS, the Canadian Council for the Arts (CCA),  the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the Australian Council for the Arts, the French Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, and the European Community.

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When and Where
March 28, 2023
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Room/Location: 2180

Open to the Public

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artificial intelligence
creativity and innovation
games, film, and digital media
interdisciplinary studies
technology, the arts, and design