September 12 at 4pm: Pr. Mark D’Inverno

For the third colloquium of the semester, held on September 12, 2018 (Wednesday), we will welcome Pr. Mark D’Inverno from Goldsmiths, University of London, UK, who will give a talk on the topic The Future of Creativity

The talk will start at 4:00 pm in M6094 Future Cinema Studio.

 Date: 12 Sep 2018 (Wednesday)

Time: 4:00 pm

Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

Topic: The Future of Creativity


There is a constant buzz around the word creativity. Reference to it has spread prolifically since the 1950s within and beyond academia, associated with novelty, value, imagination and innovation. What could be wrong with that?

We argue its use has become so ubiquitous across academia, marketing, politics and every -day as to mean no more than which we approve of.

So in this talk I’ll challenge the extensive and expansive use of this term and propose an alternative terminology that regains a meaning and currency for human activity that we wish to teach in universities.

So we consider “creative activity” as an alternative to “creativity”, and through the lenses of recent research and teaching innovation at Goldsmiths, look to answer the following key questions:

  1. What is human creative activity?
  2. What pedagogy should we use for teaching creative activity?
  3. How should we reframe AI research to inspire human creative activity?

I will aim to answer these questions from the perspective of being a musician, a lecturer, and an AI researcher.

About the speaker

Professor Mark d’Inverno holds an MA in Mathematics and an MSc in Computation from the University of Oxford and a PhD from University College London entitled “Agents, Agency and Autonomy”. He has been a Professor of Computer Science at Goldsmiths for over 10 years, leading large research projects across artificial intelligence, art, music and education and published over 200 peer-reviewed articles including several books such as Computers and Creativity.

He currently holds the position of Pro-Warden International (one of the 3 Vice Presidents) at Goldsmiths, University of London and was the Pro-Warden for Research and Enterprise between 2012 and 2016. He was the Head of the Computing Department between 2007 and 2011, which pioneered interdisciplinary research and new programmes – such as Digital Arts Computing, Music Computing and Creative Computing – at the interface of technology and creative practice.

He is a critically acclaimed jazz pianist in the UK and over 30 years has led a variety of successful bands in a range of different musical genres such as the Mark d’Inverno Quintet.

About Goldsmiths

Goldsmiths is one of the world’s leading institutions for the Creative Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and is currently in the top 50 institutions in the world for a range of subjects including performing arts, art and design, media, anthropology and sociology. It has a rich heritage of producing alumni that have had a significant and lasting impact on the UK’s Creative Industries with alumni including Mary Quant, Steve McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Anthony Gormley, Adrian Sutton, James Blake and Damien Hirst.



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