by Luba Elliott

This is an occasional newsletter with updates on creative applications of artificial intelligence in art, music, design and beyond. Below is issue #10 and you can subscribe here 😀

Art 🎨

The AI Art gallery that I curate every year for the NeurIPS Creativity Workshop includes 100+ new art, music, text and design projects, check it out! This year, I was also part of the jury for the AI Artathon in Saudi Arabia — you can see the winners, hackathon and bootcamp projects. Meanwhile, the Lumen Prize awarded its AI Prize to Christian Mio Loclair’s AI-designed marble sculpture Helin


by Luba Elliott

This is an occasional newsletter with updates on creative applications of artificial intelligence in art, music, design and beyond. Below is issue #9 and you can subscribe for future editions here 😀

Art 🎨

The Lumen Prize announced its winners on Thursday, which saw Refik Anadol win the Gold Award, Sougwen Chung the Still Image Award and Dave Murray-Rust & Rocio von Jungenfeld the BCS AI award. Competition has been strong, there are plenty of great works on the shortlist and longlist, which I was on the selection committee for. …


This is an occasional newsletter with updates on creative applications of artificial intelligence in art, music, design and beyond. Below is issue #7 and you can subscribe for future editions here 😀

Art 🎨

2019 is now in full swing and AI art is as trendy as ever, though there are signs of normalisation. Last week saw the Sotheby’s auction of Mario Klingemann’sMemory of Passersby I for £40,000, which met its estimate but not the price-tag of the controversial Obvious piece, sold at Christie’s last October for $432,500. Lawyers are still deliberating the legal challenges of AI-generated works in the UK and…


Issue #7 September 1st — October 15th

This is an occasional newsletter with updates on creative applications of artificial intelligence in art, music, design and beyond. Below is issue #7 and you can subscribe for future editions here 😀

Art 🎨

Since I last wrote this newsletter, the interest in AI art has exploded with a variety of dedicated festivals, gallery and museum shows. Now Christie’s is set to auction work made by the French collective Obvious, which has sparked debate from established artists in the field and prompted Jason Bailey to investigate further. There has also been recognition — Mario Klingemann scooped the gold Lumen Prize and Forbes


Issue #6 September 28th — December 4th

This is an occasional newsletter with updates on creative applications of artificial intelligence in art, music, design and beyond. Below is issue #6 and you can subscribe for future editions here 😀

Art 🎨

Researchers from Rutgers University and the Atelier for Restoration & Research of Paintings used RNNs to identify what stroke features identified the artist based on a dataset of 80,000 brushstrokes from 300 paintings by Picasso, Matisse and others. Meanwhile, Artnome searched 1800+ of Munch’s paintings using object tags to discover new favourite artworks.

Recent artworks include Marco Donnarumma’s work Amygdala, a robot learning the ritual of purification known…


Lexachast by Amnesia Scanner, Bill Kouligas and Harm van den Dorpel

Last week, Ars Electronica announced its 2017 theme as Artificial Intelligence — The Other I. The festival follows other established art institutions that have grappled with the topic over the past year including the Tate, BIAN, transmediale and Science Gallery Dublin. While we muse over what Ars Electronica will show in September with its focus on the “cultural, psychological, philosophical and spiritual aspects” of artificial intelligence (AI), I wanted to look back at some recent exhibitions on the topic. This post will cover the AI-related projects at transmediale + CTM. …


Earlier this week, I wrote a piece with Peter Zhegin on opportunities for applying AI in the creative industries, published as How to take AI far beyond gaming in VentureBeat. As part of our research, we looked at 94 example company, corporate and academic initiatives using AI for search/discovery, personalisation, interaction/feedback and creative process augmentation/automation in the creative industries. They are displayed on the chart below.

We grouped the projects in 4 categories as explained below. The cultural and creative industries classification is loosely based on that of the UK’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (p21/22). For the purposes…


Or, if you put them all together, my experience of the NIPS conference can be summarized as the image below. Read along if you prefer words, details and creative applications of AI.

Thanks Prisma for the style transfer and my stepdad for the somewhat GANy cake

Mentioned in Yann LeCun’s invited talk on Monday, the cake became the meme of NIPS 2016, appearing in presentations throughout the conference and workshops. Turns out, machine learning researchers must really like cake, sometimes with extra cherries (oh RL!).


While London was busy courting the traditional art world at Frieze, Berlin celebrated the artists, hackers, makers and producers of the digital age at Retune Festival. Held on the 6th-8th October in Berlin, the event brought together an international crowd of 60+ artists and creatives working at the intersection of art, design and technology in a former school in Berlin Kreuzberg to transform it into a playground of the future. In its fourth edition, the core question at the heart of the festival was how is technology shaping our society and how do artists and creative producers address this question…


Friday Night: Preparing for the pitches. Image Credit to Andrew Crowe at Brainfloat

This weekend I organised Art Challenge - the ART x TECH hackathon, which saw art professionals, entrepreneurs, designers and developers join forces to build an arttech business from scratch in 24 hours.

The event kicked off with an inspirational talk by Theodora Clarke from Russian Art and Culture, who gave budding entrepreneurs tips on how to get taken seriously when it’s just you, your laptop and a one-month old blog. Next, participants had 60 seconds to pitch their business ideas, responding to one of the partner challenges or looking at improving how we fund, make, share and enjoy art and…

Luba Elliott

All about AI in creative disciplines. Researcher, producer, curator

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