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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.

Members-Only Curator’s Talk
Friday, February 5  |  5:30 PM

Public Opening Reception
Friday, February 5  |  6:00-8:00 PM

The exhibition continues through April 10, 2021.

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.

 

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.

 

Featured Image: Anna Ridler, installation of Myriad (Tulips), 2018. Photo by Emily Grundon.

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