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Making Art in the Age of Algorithms Symposium

  • Brown Institute for Media Innovation, Pulitzer Hall (map)

Join us for a reflection on algorithms that generate art.

What is the difference between a set of instructions for a person and a set of instructions for a computer? Is training a neural network an artistic endeavor? How can we analyze a piece of music that can be generated infinitely? In what ways are our preferences mediated by algorithms?

Come see talks, demos, and performances inspired by a semester of debating and discussing the technical and critical issues surrounding algorithms, art, and the act of creation.

1-2pm: Keynote

Poet & professor of digital media Nick Montfort from MIT

2-3pm: Rapid-fire lightning talks

Creativity in Automated Drug Discovery (Oscar Chang)
"You Are What You Stream" : Spotify's Algorithms (Audrey Amsellem)
Recreating Geometry Using a Limited View (David Watkins)
Random Walks Through Poetry (Jeanne Devautour and Samuel Boury)
Uncanny Display: Algorithmic Art at the Whitney Museum (Liz Bailey)
Metaphors are for viewing the paradigm (Katy Gero)
Congratulations! You are now an algorithm! (Eamonn Bell)

3-4pm: Catered reception

Winning art from the Columbia Data Science Institute Data Art Contest will be displayed.

This event is supported by:

The Center for Science and Society at Columbia University

The Center of Data, Media & Society at Columbia University

The Brown Institute for Media Innovation

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Earlier Event: December 6
Rafiki -- A film by Wanuri Kahiu