ART, AUTONOMY AND AI W/ GENE KOGAN – WORKSHOP & LIVE PERFORMANCES
Art, autonomy and AI workshop by Gene Kogan
with live performances by Tom Whiston [+ more to be announced] and Abraham Showcase.
Saturday 4 + Sunday 5 September 2021
PART 1: Saturday 4 September | 2pm – 6pm [doors 1:30pm]
PART 2: Sunday 5 September | 4pm – 7:30pm [doors 3:30pm] + Abraham Showcase + evening IKLECTIK DJ SET
Saturday 4 September – doors 7:30pm
Tom Whiston – Acts of Devotion
+ Performer TBA
Full-pass ticket [2-day workshop + live performances] £75
2 day workshop only [including the Abraham Showcase + IKLECTIK DJ Set] £65
Live performances only [Saturday] £13 Advance / OTD £15
Through the explanation/lecture about the Abraham project [https://abraham.ai/], the two day event will host Gene Kogan with a 5-hour practical tutorial and workshop on how to generate images using text and how artificial intelligence and crypto can be brought together to create an ‘artist in the cloud’ alongside performances by Tom Whiston and more.
The event will start on Saturday with a 3 hour workshop on the idea of an autonomous artificial artist as a sovereign creative spirit who generates original art. This idea builds on top of promising techniques from machine learning, cryptoeconomics, and computer art and could be regarded as a logical progression from decades of research by artists, scientists, and philosophers, contemplating the nature of creativity and consciousness, and their relationship to technology. Saturday will conclude with Tom Whiston’s live performance Acts of Devotion, a piece which takes the form of a ritual and seeks to employ technology as an occulted means of constructing a doorway through which the possession of the performer is invited. Through the foregrounding of the improvisational “creator-witness” state, the performer becomes a vessel to be ridden by trans-personal forces instead of creating an exterior agent/entity. More performances for Saturday evening TBA.
The second day will continue with the second part of the workshop which will be followed by a “performance” and group exercise involving the demo from the previous day’s bullet points in which the participants will use fake crypto tokens to curate the best results with Abraham and interact with the autonomous artificial artist.