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The network will investigate three related yet distinct fields of: contemporary theatre, artificial intelligence and ludic technologies. The main focus of the network will be interdisciplinary bringing together science, arts and humanities. It will investigate these fields by bringing together researchers, artists, technologists, designers and industry specialists.

Investigators/Directors: Dr Alan Chamberlain (University of Nottingham) and Dr Piotr Woycicki (Aberystwyth University)

Symposium II: Ruptures/Disruptions

Aberystwyth University, 29th of July 2021

The symposium will explore how the application of A.I. in theatre and performance and ludic technologies can instantiate ruptures and disruptions to our contemporary cultural context and the everyday. The symposium will also look at ways in which A.I. can be used in staging provocations and provocative design. 

Session I: Keynotes

10:00 – 10:15 Introduction

10:15 – 10:45 'Recursion as Disruption', Prof. Natasha Lushetich (University of Dundee) 

10:45 – 11:15 ' Living in the Moment: Co-Creating Music with AI', Prof. David de Roure  (Oxford University, The Alan Turing Institute, PRiSM, Royal Northern College of Music)

 

11:15 – 11:30 Coffee

11:30 – 12:00 'The Game of Life', Dr. Ali Hossaini (National Gallery X and King's College London)

12:00 – 12:30 Panel 

 

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

 

Session II: Workshops

14:00 – 17:00 Three Parallel Workshop Sessions. 

Check out the Workshops page for details.

Symposium III: Immersion and Corporeal/Embodied Experiences

Nottingham University, November 2021

 

The symposium will explore how A.I., theatre and performance and ludic technologies impact our understanding of immersion and corporeal/embodied experiences in the postdigital age. There will be scope for further exploration of the impact of A.I. development on VR, AR and MR technologies which are opening up new modes of experience and engagement with virtual worlds.

 

Inter-disciplinary exhibition project

Venue and date TBA 

As a final event, we will organise a gallery exhibition of ideas and concepts generated by the network and produce a catalogue which will document this work (printed and online form).

PAST EVENTS

Symposium I: Humanist Perspectives

Nottingham University, 9th of April 2021 (the event will be held online)

The symposium will explore approaches towards a humanistic understanding of the inter-relation between the domains of A.I., theatre and performance and ludic technologies. 

Session I: Keynotes

10:00 – 10:15 Introduction

10:15 – 10:45 Prof. Steve Benford (University of Nottingham) 

10:45 – 11:15 Dr. Maria Kallionpää  (Hong Kong Baptist University)

11:15 – 11:30 Coffee

11:30 – 12:00 Nick Tandavanitj (Blast Theory)

12:00 – 12:30 Panel 

 

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

 

Session II: Workshops

14:00 – 17:00 Three Parallel Workshop Sessions. In partnership with the TAS Hub. https://www.tas.ac.uk/

1) Making AI Understandable (BBC)


2) How Do We Understand Trust and The Need to Design Autonomous Systems for Trust? (Thales Group)


3) Jazz as Social Machine (University of Southampton/Turing Institute)

SPEAKERS

 

Natasha Lushetich is Professor of Contemporary Art and Theory at the University of Dundee and AHRC Research Leadership Fellow (2020-21). Her research is interdisciplinary and focuses on intermedia; biopolitics and performativity; the status of sensory experience in cultural knowledge; hegemony; indeterminacy and complexity. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships such as Fulbright, Steim and ArtsLink. Her books include Fluxus: the Practice of Non-Duality (2014); Interdisciplinary Performance (2016); The Aesthetics of Necropolitics (2018), Beyond Mind, a special issue of Symbolism (2019), and Big Data: A New Medium? (2020).

Prof. Natasha Lushetich  (University of Dundee)

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Prof. David de Roure  (Oxford University,  The Alan Turing Institute, PRiSM, Royal Northern College of Music)

David De Roure is Professor of e-Research in the Engineering Science Department at the University of Oxford, and a Turing Fellow at The Alan Turing Institute.

Throughout his career David has investigated emerging technologies in large scale distributed and sociotechnical systems, with a broad interest in society, technology and creativity, while also focusing on innovation in the process of scholarship. He has co-founded three interdisciplinary initiatives: the PETRAS National Centre of Excellence for IoT Systems Cybersecurity, which is the world’s largest socio-technical research centre focused on the future implementation of the Internet of Things; the Software Sustainability Institute, cultivating better and more sustainable software to enable world-class research; and PRiSM, The Centre for Practice & Research in Science & Music at the Royal Northern College of Music.

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Dr Ali Hossaini (National Gallery X and King's College London)

Dr Ali Hossaini works at the cutting edge of art, technology and science. His artwork Ouroboros was acclaimed by the New York Times, which calls him “a biochemist turned philosopher turned television producer turned visual poet.” He is a senior visiting research fellow in the Department of Engineering at King's College London, a trustee of the Young Vic theatre and co-director of National Gallery X.