Creative AI at MozFest: Creatively Collaborate With Machines

Mozilla Festival

Door Mozilla Festival | 7 februari 2021 | Mozilla Festival

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At this year’s Mozilla Festival, we welcome the brand new Creative AI Space! We are preparing a virtual experience where we will explore and reflect on the fusion of human and machine creativities to interact with, question, and re-envision Artificial Intelligence and its role in our daily lives. There will be art exhibitions, Q&A sessions with artists, workshops, skillsharing, and more!

What happens when we augment our human creativity with computational capabilities? Does art emerge from algorithms? Can machines help us design more humanely? How can we design, teach, and critique technology creatively? As the theme of the festival this year is Trustworthy AI, we dig into the boundaries between machine and human creativity and their effects on our perceptions of and interactions with the real world.

As Refik Anadol once said:

Any android or AI machine is only intelligent as long as we collaborate with it. It can construct things that human intelligence intends to produce but does not have the capacity to do so.

Refik Anadol

In our Space we want to make room for collaboration beyond frontiers - not only between humans, but with code too. Amazing and unexpected creations will emerge from our collective thinking, the empathy between participants, and the interactions with our own physical and digital spaces.

What should you expect?

Because creation takes time and we want you to make the most out of the festival, we will host sessions throughout the two weeks of programme with sufficient breaks for you to let your experiences sink in. Artworks will be exhibited from day one until the last day, and many will be radically different each day thanks to the collaborative nature of the pieces, allowing you to intervene and co-create. You will also have the chance to share your skills with other participants in our “spontaneous encounters” where collaboration, sharing, and conversation will emerge spontaneously.

Although we will collaborate with and question machine creativity, some of our artworks will also invite you to explore your offline surroundings. Those will be great opportunities to take a break from your screen, and we hope you will come back from your short stroll in your neighborhood with new perspectives to share. Some sessions may make you laugh, others may make you a little bit angry, but none of them will make you feel indifferent. Art, after all, does shake us up a little.

Meet the Creative AI Space Wranglers

headshot of five people leading MozFest's Creative AI Space with their names and locations, on a purple and pink background

Hello, we are the very proud wranglers of the Creative AI Space! We are a team of five human beings that use creativity in very different ways, either in science, art, leadership, or communication. Each of us collaborate with machines in our own ways to potentialize our creative power, and we believe in art as a transformative tool in our society. Check out our detailed descriptions and links to contact us here.

We are waiting for you: Get Your MozFest Ticket Today!

We hope you are as excited as we are for the 2021 Mozilla Festival! Follow our news on social media (#CreativeAI and #MozFest) and on the Mozilla Festival blog and website! We await your wonderful ideas at the Creative AI Space from March 8th - 19th through your most convenient electronic device with internet connection or phone signal. Grab your ticket here and prepare to have lots of fun with us!

Gracielle Higino is a Brazilian ecologist passionate about open science, science communication and decentralization of knowledge. Dreams about different ways of mixing art and science.

MozFest is part art, tech and society convening, part maker festival, and the premiere gathering for activists in diverse global movements fighting for a more humane digital world. To learn more, visit www.mozillafestival.org.

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