On Friday 21 June Goldsmiths University co-organised a roundtable event with ULIP entitled ‘Creative Industries and Artificial Intelligence: What is at stake when technologies of automation confront cultural production?'
This event followed on from the Creative Industries Roundtable earlier this year which brought together London and Parisian institutions, organised by the University of London and held at the Paris City Hall. In a similar vein, Friday’s event, hosted by ULIP, aimed to exchange ideas for further development through cooperative projects between higher education institutions on the theme of artificial intelligence and cultural production
The afternoon began with welcoming remarks from Mark d’Inverno, pro-Warden (International) at Goldsmiths and a professor of computer science. Mark emphasised how important it is for Goldsmiths to identify as a European university and he referenced his work with ULIP’s Tim Gore in developing a strong European identity through cross-institutional collaboration. Tim then welcomed the invited speakers to ULIP and spoke of the proud relationship with Goldsmiths.
Atau Tanaka, a professor in media and computing at Goldsmiths, convened the event and gave the first presentation of the afternoon. Atau’s research and performance concerns embodied musical interaction but his talk focused less on the content of his research than the ways in which it was facilitated by different institutions. He gave an overview of his personal trajectory, working with major universities in America, France, Japan and the UK, as well as the Sony Computer Science Laboratory in Paris. The purpose of his talk was to underline how his own personal trajectory was facilitated by exchange, and beyond this, the sharing of knowledge, insights and experience, setting the tone for the other interventions and conversations throughout the day.
Following this, the presentations were divided between those that were specifically concerned with developing the research theme of AI and the creative industries, and those that presented overviews of the work of their institutions and their programmes with the aim of fostering links and future collaboration.
CRNS researcher Benjamin Caramiaux presented a recently published work, Artificial intelligence and the Creative Industries: A White Paper. Anne Sedès from the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme Paris Nord presented the research activities of her institution and considered the idea of creativity as a research activity. Other programmes presented during the course of the afternoon included Nicolas Obin's overview of the Masters in Sciences and Technologies for Music: ATIAM (Sorbonne/IRCAM), Emmanuel Mahé's discussion of the PSL doctoral programme in Art and Creation, and Peter Sinclair's presentation of unique art school research in Marseille.
Other presentations focused on research problematics around the relationship between humans and machines, culminating in a final discussion which considered the implications of "practice-based research". Following the roundtable event, a cocktail-concert event was held to mark the Fête de la Musique. Attendees were treated to a lively and eclectic lineup, including experimental music from Roland Cahen and the students of the ENSCI, jazz music from Mark d'Inverno and François Pachet, embodied corporeal performance from Atau Tanaka and 'Brain Music' from Stephen Whitmarsh (ENS/Hôpital Pité-Salpêtrière) and Samon Takahashi.