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From smartphones with facial recognition to apps that predict the weather and seemingly innocent listening suggestions on music streaming sites, we can hardly ignore artificial intelligence (AI) in our daily lives.
How do artists relate to artificial intelligence? What are the most interesting ways to work together? What are the tensions and risks?
In art too, AI is increasingly being used to create work, as a tool, a creative assistant or even as the main author. In fact, Het Nieuwe Instituut is currently exhibiting several works that were created with the help of AI. During this Design Dialogue, moderator Tara Lewis talks to three makers – Alice Bucknell, Tivon Rice and Richard Vijgen – who use AI in various ways in order to create their work. 

Alice Bucknell

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 

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.

Richard Vijgen

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?


19:30 – 21:00
also this evening

6-7.30pm | Thursday Bite

7.30-9pm | Guest Programme: Notes on Downtown

The museum is free to visit from 5-9pm.


Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


Standard€ 7.50
Students, CJP, Friends and Members of Het Nieuwe Instituut€ 3.75

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.