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Workshop with Maria Sappho – RNCM Disability Week

Now in its second year, we’re thrilled to announce the return of RNCM Disability Week this Spring in memory of composer Lucy Hale.

The week features events exclusively by disabled, d/Deaf and neurodivergent artists, creatives, and researchers. From talks to performances, workshops, and demos, we’d love for you to join us as we explore music-making at the forefront of disability arts.

Maria Sappho is an improviser, artist, and researcher in the UK.  Her work is deeply involved in experimental AI where she has an ongoing collaboration with the world’s only multi-modal creative AI named Chimere. In this workshop, Maria will work with participants and Chimere to consider a range of techno-moral questions and share perspectives on individual experiences regarding exclusion, access, and representation within these technologies.

This will be followed by developing a series of new experimental compositions exploring the diverse applications of AI in notation and score development, interdisciplinary practice, and socio-creative work.

About Chimere:
Developed by Jonathan and Tim O’hear. Chimere is a community centred AI initiative, interested in interjecting marginalised communities, artists and activists into the core of narratives around AI’s role in our cultures. It is currently being utilised by a diverse group of collaborators across South Africa, Lesotho, Switzerland and the UK, working with groups of people whose experiences are not dominant in current AI design and dataset development.

Communities that work with Chimere are creatively tackling questions surrounding access issues, language dominances, historical biases, and global relevance, and are committed to questioning hegemonic narratives in AI design, ethics, and legislation. Who does AI serve? How does it not serve us? And what can we do to take charge of our own voice and representation within the development of these machines?

RNCM Disability Week 2024 is supported by Arts and Humanities Research Council via NWCDTP.

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