Journalist Tara Lewis hosts this Design Dialogue about artificial intelligence in research, design and the visual arts. She talks to three very different guests – Alice Bucknell, Tivon Rice and Richard Vijgen – whose work using AI is currently on show at Het Nieuwe Instituut. Together, they look at their artistic practice ‘through artificial eyes’.
How do artists relate to artificial intelligence? What are the most interesting ways to work together? What are the tensions and risks?
Alice Bucknell's Zonamata is a multimedia gaming environment built in a video game engine using recovered digital 3D models, with a plot and script written in the GPT-3 AI language. This work speculates on an algorithmic vision of the future and the entanglements of architecture, AI, nature, and technology that comprise it.
Tivon Rice created an installation for the Temporary House of Home exhibition. For Reading Interiors, he trained a number of AI 'voices' to engage with images from Het Nieuwe Instituut’s archives. The AI ‘voices’ were trained using the work of writers in various fields – from anthropology and philosophy, to economics, fiction, and children’s literature – and they apply these different perspectives to our personal spaces. Each voicer suggests a different way of accounting for what is meaningful in an interior.
Researcher and designer Richard Vijgen developed an installation for the exhibition The Future Through Artificial Eyes: 20 Years of VPRO Tegenlicht. In this installation, visitors can examine future visions from the past 20 years with the help of AI. By playing with the ‘eyes’ with which the computer views the archive of the future-themed TV programme VPRO Tegenlicht, you experience how it processes information. What patterns does it ‘see’ in 555 VPRO Tegenlicht broadcasts?
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Working with AI in Artistic Practice
In Conversation with Tivon Rice
Tivon Rice’s work Reading Interiors brings together images of interiors and five voices generated by artificial intelligence (AI). These voices – the child, the home, the space, the worker and the other – examine our changing relationship with the home in the age of Covid-19. The work is part of the exhibition Temporary House of Home and consists of an installation in Het Nieuwe Instituut and a website where users can upload images of interiors themselves – and then choose a voice to ‘read’ the room.