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We are delighted to announce that French artist Marion Carré, German artist Siri Black and Scottish artist Libby Odai have been selected for our digital residency programme.


Credit: Welcome to the jungle     

Marion Carré carries out several activities in parallel: entrepreneur, teacher, speaker, author and artist. All of these approaches allow her to explore the relationships between art and artificial intelligence from different angles.

She started working on this subject when she co-founded Ask Mona in 2017. Ask Mona is a startup that mobilizes artificial intelligence to bring audiences and cultural institutions together and to help make culture more accessible. She believes that art is a formidable counterweight to artificial intelligence.


Credit: Siri Black     

Siri Black lives and works in Glasgow. Her work is the love child of anachronism and technophilia. Siri works across analog and digital photography, film and sound to create installations that seek to trace instances of the couching of state power with technological prowess. Important is the detritus left in the wake of accelerated progress; the gaps in archives, the not so easily translate-able entanglements. Siri's research is often conducted through collaborations with other art practitioners and scientists. With a keen focus on the means of image production and distribution, her moving image work often points to its own material process, thereby aiming to question the existence of an objective or lossless transmission of knowledge.


Credit: Libby Odai

Libby Odai is a creative technologist based in Glasgow, that has a background in developing and producing sculpture and performance with digital elements. She has previously produced digital works shown at Dancebase Edinburgh, The University of Edinburgh, Plat:form and the Swap Market in Govanhill. 

Her programming work focuses on bridging the gap between digital concepts and the physical world, making technology more accessible. By blending traditional arts such as dance and crochet with high tech components she hopes to bring tech to new diverse audiences, bridging the STEM gap as well as exploring the creative applications of new technology. Fundamental to her work is breaking down barriers in technology, and educational activism around issues of digital discrimination is core component.

 

‘Artificial Intelligence’ often refers to science fiction for many people but AI is actually already part of our everyday life – ranging from digital picture recognition and virtual assistants to autonomous cars. Yet the discourse surrounding AI is still mainly taking place in the technical sector.

This cultural collaboration between the Goethe-Institut Glasgow and the Alliance Française Glasgow and the Institut Français d’Écosse aims at uniting technology and art, thus creating a new approach to an increasingly central topic.


What is the residency about?

In response to the impact felt by the cultural sector as a result of the Covid-19 global health crisis, we have reframed our initial residency project and transformed it into a purely digital one. The French and German cultural centres based in Scotland are inviting three contemporary artists based in France, Scotland and Germany to apply for this digital residency programme taking place between November 2020 and December 2021.

The programme consists of online residencies which will contribute to the interdisciplinary discourse between artists and partners around the topic of Artificial Intelligence. The remote residency will allow the artists to continue to work from their own space with the digital support of our partners: the National Library of Scotland, the Social Brain in Action Lab, the NEoN Festival of Digital Arts and Glasgow's Centre for Contemporary Arts.

A dialogue will be created around artificial intelligence, between the artists, the partners and an online audience.

The residency is directed at contemporary emerging artists whose practise revolves around Artificial Intelligence.

The particular interest of the practitioners should be centred on the following:

AI applications and their impact on our historical and cultural memories that are held in physical archives and libraries.

AI technology and its impact on our future social relations and behaviour, in regards to developments in robotic engineering.


AI Digital Artist Residency:

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