The growing popularity of tools like DALL-E and MidJourney illustrates how artificial intelligence (AI) is quickly transforming image-making. Digital culture theorist and artist Lev Manovich will be in conversation with media scholar and writer Natasha Chuk to share examples and discuss these developments. They will address the emerging aesthetics and creative practices of AI photography and what these changes mean for the future of photography and the lens-based arts.
This event is the first of a series of events and discussions exploring the relationship between AI and the lens and screen arts hosted by the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department at the School of Visual Arts. Stay tuned for future events in early 2023.
Lev Manovich is a digital culture theorist and artist who studies the impact of artificial intelligence on visual culture and the arts. He is the author of 15 books including “Artificial Aesthetics: A Critical Guide to AI, Media and Design” (2022), “AI Aesthetics” (2019) and “The Language of New Media” (2001). Manovich appeared in the list of "25 People Shaping the Future of Design" and the list of "50 Most Interesting People Building the Future.” He is currently a Presidential Professor at The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY), and a Director of the Cultural Analytics Lab. Manovich's digital art projects have been shown in many international exhibitions at leading venues such as ICA London, ZKM, KIASMA, Shanghai Art and Architecture Biennale and Centre Pompidou.
Natasha Chuk is a media theorist, writer, and educator whose work is situated at the intersection of art, philosophy, and creative technologies. She is the author of "Vanishing Points: Articulations of Death, Fragmentation, and the Unexperienced Experience of Created Objects" (Intellect, 2015) and a faculty member of the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media department at SVA.