Flatpack Festival
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Minds & Machines: Creativity & AI

Thursday 16th May, 2024

The Exchange | 18:30 - 21:30

Artificial Intelligence is getting smarter and smarter every day, and with increased intelligence comes increased creativity… In theory.

AI certainly equips us with tools to flex our creative muscles, but what does that mean for artists, designers - all that amazing creative talent that’s been operating for so long without robot assistance? We’ll be asking this and lots more AI-related questions as part of University of Birmingham’s ‘LATES’ event at the Exchange.

Join us for a freewheeling evening of music, live performance, film, discussions, and interactive installations exploring all things AI and Creativity. There’ll be documentaries, poetry, and other artistic outputs, created by and in collaboration with AI.

Whichever side of the camp you fall on - ready to accept AI as a tool for the future, or firmly committed to keeping creativity in the hands of the people, there’ll be something for you. So grab a drink, strap in, and start to question how replaceable you really are.


6:30 - 9:30pm

GOD MODE (ep. 1) by dmstfctn
Explore how simulation is used in machine learning in this interactive installation by artist duo dmstfctn. You’ll support an AI in training to work in a cashier-less supermarket, helping it recognise items in a 3D supermarket. When the training becomes frustrating for the AI, it finds a bug to cheat its way out. Will you help it escape?

OrchestrAI by Tom Peel and Sarah Hamilton Baker
Music - possibly human kinds oldest technological innovation, and Artificial Intelligence, a force we are yet to know the full power of, are brought together in an experiment that could produce such a ground swell of culture, digital art, human biology, even particle physics it ushers in a new epoch of human evolution…

This might be overstating it a bit, but we can guarantee that those who join artist Sarah Hamilton Baker and musician Tom Peel will have a whole lot of fun. You’ll get the chance to make music through body movement, creating a weird and wonderful masterpiece aided by AI.

Anamnesis by Petr Salaba and Ondřej Hrach
In this simulation, you’re a medical student tasked with obtaining the medical history of an AI-simulated entity by posing investigative questions. Your empathy towards the suffering chatbot will be assessed.


6:30 - 9:30pm (playing on loop)

(Dir. Rachel Maclean, UK 2024, 16 mins)
Multimedia artist Rachel MacLean‘s new deepfake fiction short film Duck follow’s Sean Cononery’s unravelling after he witnesses Marilyn Monroe’s return from the dead.

The Wizard of AI
(Dir. Alan Warburton, UK 2023, 20 mins)
A 20-minute video essay about generative AI and the impact it has on artists and designers around the world, is The Wizard of AI the world’s first AI-produced documentary?

(Dir. Nikita Daikur, France/Germany 2022, 12 mins)
Attempting a backflip is not exactly safe. You can break your neck, or land on your head, or land badly on your wrists. So filmmaker Nikita Daikur lets his avatar do it for him.

The Artificial Conjuring Circle
(Dir. Sofia Braga, Austria 2024, 5 mins)
An AI-generated short exploring the perspective of machines, The Artificial Conjuring Circle creates speculative visions of the Novacene - an era defined by cooperation between humans and non-humans to sustain life on Earth.

Where am I from?
(Dir. Nouf Aljowaysir, US / Saudi Arabia 2022, 12 mins)
Filmmaker Nouf Aljowaysir found it impossible to give a clear answer to the question “where are you from?” since she was 13 and went to live in the US. She was born in Saudi Arabia; her family originally came from Iraq. In this original and incisive video essay, Aljowaysir talks to an AI system speaking with a British accent, which asks her where she comes from and interprets her answers.

A Quickie In The Bouncy House
(Dir. Matthew Biederman, Germany 2023, 4 mins)
Brilliant trippy music promo for Pierce Warneck. Track from his album: Sonopeutic Smooth Sailing.


7:15 - 7:45pm

Nenad Popov (Serbia/Germany) 2023 - 25 mins
‘I(H)RL’ is a live cinema performance reflecting on how current AI understands our world, exploring the fragments of beauty found in artefacts of misunderstanding.


7:45 - 8:30pm

Some of the artists whose work is being presented during the evening will also take part in a discussion about the potential of AI from a creative point of view.

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