ART, ACTIVISM AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

AI4FUTURE

[Art+Science+Society]

SINEGLOSSA COORDINATES AN INTERNATIONAL NETWORK IN WHICH ARTISTЗ, YOUTHЗ ACTIVISTS AND COMPUTER SCIENTISTS COLLABORATE TO RAISE COMMUNITY AWARENESS AND ADDRESS THE CULTURAL AND SOCIAL CHANGES OF OUR TIME

 

AI4Future is a two-year programme that uses the potential of art in dialogue with Artificial Intelligence to support the social causes of various European activist groups committed to addressing the cultural and social changes of our time.

 

The 4 Urban Labs in Milan, Cagliari, Rotterdam and Barcelona, hosting the artists-in-residence, collaborate to redefine the concept of post-covid mobility starting from data collected from communities, understanding mobility not only as the possibility to move, but also as the relationship between the physical and virtual world, the relationship between public and private spaces, social and gender mobility. 

 

The process was launched by the AI4Future Days, a series of talks, panels and workshops in which each partner selected a different possible point of view around the macro-theme of mobility. Based on this input, the artists and artists selected by the partner organisations and activist groups of the Urban Labs spent a period of research in their assigned city, and then co-designed artworks with the local communities from the different territorial challenges.


 

Project Milestones

 

AI4FUTURE | DATA AND ACTIVISM

 

Nino Basilashvili, Bernat Cunì, Luca Pozzi and Chunju Yu

 

curated by Sineglossa and MEET Digital Culture Centre

 

16 – 18 September 2022

MEET Digital Culture Center | Fondazione Cariplo

Viale Vittorio Veneto 2 – Milan

 

The collective exhibition will present the entire path developed by the project over two years that generated, along the Urban Labs residencies, a series of panels and workshops open to the public. The results of these reflections shared with the communities formed the basis for the elaboration of the works on show, which will be accompanied by documentation of the processes and scenario data for each intervention context.


 

Selected Artists

 

PANORAMAI by Bernat Cunì

selected @Esprocenda/Lemon Grass, Barcelona

with EXO in collaboration with Canodròm

Category: AI, phygital worlds and digital barriers

 

PANORAMAI is an artwork based on endless panorama videos generated by AI using large image

datasets created by the community during their commutes and different modes of mobility.

This project will use AI to digest extensive amounts of image data in order to learn the visual

common denominators of diverse modes of mobility. 

The piece explores the multiple narratives around Access to Internet and Digital Divide with a set of lenticular prints that reveal different narratives depending on the angle that are viewed from, thus showcasing how different people can experience or understand the multiple realities if explored from diverse points of view.

https://ai4future.eu/artists-in-residence/Panoramai.pdf

 

Moving Forward by Nino Basilashvili

Selected @Sardegna Teatro

with A FORAS

Category: AI and community mobilization in public spaces

 

Moving Forward is an interactive installation about AI in public space.

In the digital age AI is already measuring and predicting our behavior, what does this mean for our freedom? Public space nowadays is more and more subjected to technologies used for crowd control. What if we use the same technologies that limit us to gain more freedom? AI can be used for positive values, we just need a shift in thinking and applying. The artist is investigating these themes together with activist groups in Sardinia, collaborating to the interactive installation. 

https://ai4future.eu/artists-in-residence/Moving-Forward.pdf

 

ROSETTA MISSION 2022 by Luca Pozzi

Selected @MEET DIGITAL CULTURE CENTER, Milan

with FAI Fondo Ambiente Italiano

Category: AI, platform urbanism and social mobility

 

RM2022 is inspired by the homonymous space mission of E.S.A., the European Spatial Agency between 2004 and 2016. It is the 3D reconstruction of the 67.P Churyumov Gerasimenko comet, transformed from a physical celestial body into a digital convergence point for different disciplines. The RM2022 is a temporary free Hub, without specific political, religious, and geographical coordinates, suitable for interdisciplinary contributions and social interaction: a meeting point for activists, artists, philosophers, and scientists. In Barcelona will be presented a DEMO version in order to suggest possible connections between the public of the Espronceda and activist groups, involving a VR experience and  an environmental soundtrack.

https://ai4future.eu/artists-in-residence/RM2022.pdf

 

Being a cat, Being a fish, Being a dog by Chunju Yu

Selected @V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media, Rotterdam

with The Slow Reading Group

Category: AI and Gender Inequality issues

 

Inspired by fake celebrity porn made by deepfake technology, Being a cat, Being a fish, Being a dog aims to address the issue of sexual exploitation in the porn industry. The first part of the work, Being a cat, is about the catfishing of a porn conversation on dating apps using AI-generated faces. Being a fish, is a MMF threesome porn in which the performers’ faces are swapped to the artist’s face. In Being a dog, the face of a woman is substituted with a dog face in a masturbation porn. The work uses words, images and actions to intervene in the patriarchal value of the intimate online spaces from different regions, interrupting the male gaze among the public. It discusses the lawfully and technologically inequality of gender and the entrenched male-standard perception of sexuality from the public opinions.

https://ai4future.eu/artists-in-residence/Inspired-by-fake-celebrity-porn.pdf


 

AI4FUTURE Preview

Nino Basilashvili | Bernat Cuní | Chunju Yu | Luca Pozzi

Barcelona, 10th – 18th June 2022

ESPRONCEDA – Institute of Art & Culture

 

within DIGITAL AWARENESS

a collective show by Espronceda per ISEA 2022 Extended Program 

7° Simposio Internazionale di Arte Elettronica

Evento collaterale di The Festival of the New European Bauhaus 


 

Credits

AI4FUTURE is an international network of Urban Labs formed by Sineglossa, in the role of coordinator, organization for years engaged in projects of art and artificial intelligence, along with partners such as MEET Digital Culture Center, the first international center for Digital Art and Culture in Milan, Lemon Grass, the Institute of Art and Culture based in Barcelona, V2_Lab for the Unstable Media, the Dutch center for Art and Media Technology, and Sardegna Teatro as an associate partner. 

The project is co-funded by the Creative Europe Program.

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