Art, AI, and Autonomy


Over the past few years, Gene has been building tools for creatives to integrate AI into their practice, as well as running workshops teaching people about neural networks, generative models, and their applications to art. Despite being in the role of teacher, Gene has been as much a student during this time, watching with curiosity as designers, architects, fabricators, storytellers, musicians, artists, and many others in fields unfamiliar to me have applied these machine learning techniques in unique ways to their craft.

This talk will review some of these creative applications, survey the most recent developments in this field, and offer some predictions about where all of this is going, and what we might expect in the near future. The presentation will conclude with an introduction to an ambitious new open project Gene is beginning to create an “autonomous artificial artist.”

7:00pm - Doors Open / Meet and Greet
7:20pm - 'Art, AI, and Autonomy' by Gene Kogan
8:30pm - Networking
9:00pm - End

Gene Kogan is an artist and a programmer who is interested in autonomous systems, collective intelligence, generative art, and computer science. He is a collaborator within numerous open-source software projects, and gives workshops and lectures on topics at the intersection of code and art. Gene initiated ml4a, a free book about machine learning for creative practice, and regularly publishes video lectures, writings, and tutorials to facilitate a greater public understanding of the subject.

A former resident of Thoughtworks Arts program Art-A-Hack, Gene's work has been exhibited at: Ars Electronica (Linz), Seoul Museum of Art (Seoul), Toronto International Film Festival (Toronto), Futurium (Berlin), Art-AI Festival (Leicester), Centrum Nauki Kopernik (Warsaw), Holešovická Šachta (Prague), amongst others. More details on his work and past exhibitions can be found at: