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Towards future routines of post-creative making?

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In discussions on AI, the emerging experimental subfield of artificial creativity—that is, acts of creativity performed (semi-)autonomously by algorithmic/software robots—poses a particular set of problems. First of all, the prospect of a robotic/algorithmic creativity relatively independent of human intervention fundamentally conflicts with the anthropocentric ways in which we have historically invented ‘creativity’; as something uniquely and quintessentially human. Secondly, while recognisability and predictability are parameters that are usually held as vital for the success of robots that in some way or the other are to be enmeshed in a future sociality comprised of Men and Machines, our expectations of what constitutes something we might label 'creative’ deeply hinges upon the exact opposite, namely: an imperative of unpredictability and the somewhat unrecognisable (cf. reigning ‘creativity standards' of openness, originality, newness, surprise, unconventionality, even the exceptional). Ideas, that are not just being celebrated within pedagogy and psychology (as a means to self-actualisation, etc.) but also as part of a global political economy of invention and (creative) disruption. This paper will engage with the question how we might reinvent ‘invention’, recreate ‘creativity’. How could we accommodate for a potential artificial creativity, and how can it become routinised both in our thinking and doing/making?
Various anthropologies, sociologies and philosophies of technology, materiality, things and stuff (cf. Ingold, Latour, Verbeek, Bennett, Marres, Boscaglia, etc.) have given us a fairly apt vocabulary for conceptualising these various human-technology entanglements and the (quasi-)agency of our nonhuman tools and milieus. Drawing on these theories, this paper will examine the Flow Machines-project, an AI-research project on popular music composition, which has recently released the album “HelloWorld” under the alias SKYGGE. We will look at its affordances, its actual outcomes (creative products) as well as the discursive framing that seeks to position it in relation to both an anthropocentric creativity and a future post-(anthropocentric) creativity, theoretically and in practice.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year25 Sep 2018
Publication statusPublished - 25 Sep 2018
EventAppropriating technologies: – The political economy and routinization of artefacts and devices - Københavns Universitet, København, Denmark
Duration: 24 Sep 201825 Sep 2018
Conference number: 2


ConferenceAppropriating technologies
LocationKøbenhavns Universitet
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