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With Christiane Paul (Prof., The New School), Fred Ritchin (CEO, People Mutale Nkonde).
Sat, Mar 18, 2023 @ 10:00 AM   FREE   SVA Theatre, 333 W 23rd St

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The MFA Photography, Video & Related Media Department will host a comprehensive, one-day symposium focused on the pervasive emergence of AI & its effects upon the lens & screen arts. This event is the first part of a series of lectures & discussions with artists, theorists, educators, & industry professionals reflecting on the recent explosion of interest, use, & questions surrounding AI image synthesis through tools such as DALL-E, MidJourney, Stable Diffusion, & others.

As Charles Traub notes, Once again, a major technological revolution has come upon us. AI has clearly emerged as a now ubiquitous tool. Its impact on the lens & screen arts, & all of our social, intellectual, & scientific practices, is only beginning to be understood. There's no doubt that this is a profound transformation of the digital world. It is now time to learn about it, its consequences, its utility, & its creativity.

The day-long symposium will begin with an opening keynote address by the celebrated Berlin-based filmmaker & writer Hito Steyerl, whose work offers incisive discourse across the fields of art, philosophy, & politics. Her talk will be followed by three sessions that discuss the ways that artificial intelligence (AI) impacts arts education, society, creative practices, & industries. The first session, AI + Arts Education, will feature the chair of MFA Photography, Video & Related Media Charles Traub in conversation with the chair of MFA Fine Arts Mark Tribe, Christiane Paul (Professor in the School of Media Studies at The New School & Curator of Digital Art at The Whitney Museum of American Art), & the chair of MFA Computer Arts Terrence Masson. The second session, Ethical, Legal, + Social Implications of AI, will feature a conversation between writer & critic of digital photography Fred Ritchin, the founding CEO of the non-profit AI for the People Mutale Nkonde, & media & copyright attorney Ed Klaris of Klaris Law. The final session, Creative AI, will focus on the creative capacity of AI with presentations & discussions by artist & educator Stephanie Dinkins & new media artist Carla Gannis, with writer & media theorist Natasha Chuk as moderator. All of these speakers are major authorities in their fields.

The event is free & open to the public, but registration is required. The symposium will begin promptly at 10 am. It is strongly advised that attendees arrive early for check-in. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Breaks will be held between sessions.

Please Note: In accordance with SVA Theatre COVID-19 protocols, all visitors must show proof of vaccination (including booster, if eligible) & remain masked while indoors. Please click here for our current COVID protocols.

This event is sponsored by Adorama.
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