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Past Performance as Indicator of Future Outcomes

An exhibition of work by women who use Artificial Intelligence in their art making process.

Entry Deadline: March 15, 2020
Entry Fee: Free
Open to: Any women artists utilizing Artificial Intelligence in their art making process.
Exhibition Dates: August 14 – October 31, 2020
Location: Carnegie Center for Art and History, 201 E Spring St, New Albany, IN
Contact: Daniel Pfalzgraf, dpfalzgraf@carnegiecenter.org

About the exhibition:

Past Performance as Indicator of Future Outcomes is an exhibition created to develop interest and understanding in Artificial Intelligence (AI) through the context of art. More specifically, however, this exhibition explores the ways AI generative art ties directly into the greater historic art cannon. Past Performance also seeks to highlight the sophisticated contributions women are making in this field, turning traditionally male-dominated art and technology industries on their head.

The nature of artists throughout time is to utilize new technologies to collect, document, and interpret histories or events. Artist tools and media have progressed from charcoal to oil paint, from printmaking to photography, and now include AI tools like Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs). The goal of artists using AI isn’t to replace other forms of art, but to add to the diversity of options for creation.

A second parallel to be drawn from this exhibition is how the art on exhibit is both literally and conceptually built upon the shoulders of history. Contemporary art is created by implicitly or explicitly referring to artists and artwork throughout history to create points of reference and understanding. Similarly, AI artists use historically collected data sets as inputs for their GANs to reference while generating new artworks.

Additional Information: Carnegie Center is pleased to feature a group exhibition of women artists who create Artificial Intelligence (AI) based work. Tentatively titled “Past Performance as Indicator of Future Outcomes,” the exhibition’s aim is to develop interest and understanding in AI through the context of art. More specifically, this exhibition will explore how AI generative art ties directly into the greater historic art cannon. Past Performance’s focus on women artists seeks to highlight the sophisticated contributions women are making, while turning traditionally male-dominated art and technology industries on their head.

 

About the curators:

Luba Elliott is a curator, artist and researcher specializing in artificial intelligence in the creative industries.  She is currently working to educate and engage the broader public about the latest developments in creative AI through monthly meetups, talks and tech demonstrations. This year, she is curating Impakt Festival in October, themed on post-truth and AI. As curator, she organized workshops and exhibitions on art and AI for The Photographers’ Gallery, the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence and Google. Prior to that, she worked in start-ups, including the art collector database Larry’s List. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Modern Languages at the University of Cambridge and has a certificate in Design Thinking from the Hasso-Plattner-Institute D-school in Potsdam.

Online Elliott can be found sharing AI updates on Twitter, curating a Creative AI newsletter and art impressions on Instagram.

 

Daniel Pfalzgraf is a curator and occasional artist who has been exhibiting art and working in galleries and museums for the past twenty years. He is currently the Curator for the Carnegie Center for Art & History in New Albany, Indiana. Pfalzgraf was previously Director of The Green Building Gallery, Director of Media Services at B. Deemer Gallery, and an assistant preparator at the Speed Art Museum (all in Louisville, Kentucky) and Media Coordinator at the Lowe Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia. He has also independently curated exhibitions under the name LoCAL.gallery.

Pfalzgraf received a Master of Business Administration degree at Indiana University Southeast (2018) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Murray State University (1999) in sculpture and drawing.

 

Submission guidelines: Email Daniel Pfalzgraf dpfalzgraf@carnegiecenter.org an attachment or web link to a digital file containing artwork examples (including title, media, and dimensions for each example), installation or display requirements, and artist CV, bio, and statement including information detailing the use of Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning in the process. Submissions will be reviewed as they come in, and artists know if their work is accepted by mid-April. We reserve the right to reject entries that are not accurately represented by the images and materials provided. Accepted artists will be asked to email high-resolution images (300 dpi, and at least 5 x 5 inches print size).

 

Calendar:

March 15: Call for art deadline

April 15: Artists acceptance notification

July 1: Deadline for receiving high resolution images from artists

July 15 – 31: Receive ready-to-hang artwork from artists

August 5 – 12: Installation

August 14 – October 31: Exhibition on view (11 weeks)

November 1 – 3: Deinstallation

November 16 – 20: Return shipping of artwork

 

Insurance: The Carnegie Center for Art & History will insure all works from the time they arrive on site until they leave our premises. Artists should insure their works while in transit both directions.  In the event of loss or damage, it will be the artist’s responsibility to provide documentation concerning the value of the work and the extent of the claim.

 

Display: All work must be received ready to display. Three-dimensional works must be ready to exhibit on the floor, on a pedestal or include mounting hardware for wall display. Any artwork with special installation, equipment, or technical requirements not provided by the artist will need to be worked out with the Carnegie Center prior to shipment to confirm the Carnegie Center will be able to accommodate the work.

 

Eligibility: Open to any women artists utilizing Artificial Intelligence in their art making process. Works must be original and completed since January 1, 2017. There is no minimum or maximum size. (Gallery walls are 12 feet high. Works cannot be suspended from the ceiling.) Three-dimensional works are eligible, but must be ready to exhibit on the floor, on a pedestal or include hardware for wall display.

 

Shipping & Receiving: The Carnegie Center will cover shipping costs to and from artists. The work must be shipped via Fed EX or other carrier agreed upon prior to shipping. Works should be shipped in a substantial, reusable container.  The Carnegie Center will not be responsible for any damage due to incorrect packing or an insufficient container.  Any specific packing instructions or requests should be included in writing in the shipping container.  All works will be handled with care and returned in the original packing materials.  Accepted works should arrive at the Carnegie Center from July 15 – 31, 2020 between the hours of 10:00 – 5:00.  Works will be available for pick up on November 6 between 10:00 – 5:00 and works will be shipped on or about November 16 – 20, 2020. Please call ahead to 812-944-7336 if you plan to deliver or pick up your work in person.            

 

Terms and conditions: By submitting work to this competition, the artist agrees to all terms and conditions listed in this prospectus.

 

Mailing address: Carnegie Center for Art & History, 201 East Spring St, New Albany, IN  47150

 

Questions?  Contact Daniel Pfalzgraf, Curator, 812-944-7336 or dpfalzgraf@carnegiecenter.org

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