November 2: Soojin Lee

For the next colloquium, held on November 2nd, 2018 (Friday), we are very pleased to welcome Korean Professor Soojin Lee, who will give a talk on the topic “Art and Creativity in the Era of Artificial Intelligence”.
The talk will start at 4:00 pm in M6094 Future Cinema Studio.

Date: November 2 (Friday)
Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

Topic: Art and Creativity in the Era of Artificial Intelligence – Models, Transformations and Contextualization 

Abstract:

My research over the past 6 years has focused on the visual and cinematographic representation of robots, A.I. and post-humans. I’ve been looked carefully cultural codes and filmic codes, also principles and structures of various artistic productions.
Nowadays I examine A.I. projects such as Sunspring written by Benjamin of New York Technology University and The Next Rembrandt project of Delf Technology University, etc. Various experiments on A.I. Art (or Computational Creativity) are taking place in many fields, the results are evolving surprisingly and rapidly. This presentation concerns this current needs to redefine the concept of creativity in the digital paradigm shift.
First, I will briefly introduce the principles of A.I. Art through the art project based on A.I. technology and we examine the concept of the algorithm. In fact, media art researchers explain that algorithms do not only appear in digital media and A.I. technology.
I want to look through shortly the history of Literature, Installation and Algorithmic Art to understand how algorithms can be understood from a Humanities studies’ point of view. Furthermore, we will think about how the creativity in the era of A.I. should be defined. I will introduce one example <Life Writer> of artists Laurent Mignonneau and Christa Sommerer as a new type of production in which algorithms are introduced.

Biography:

Soojin Lee (born 1974) is a professor in the Department of Cultural Contents and Management at Inha University in Korea, and PhD of French literature at Paris 8 Vincennes Saint-Denis University. Specialty is the Semiotics of Cinema.

She is also a member of the research team of the project Technohumanities of Inha.
Her publications include A Reading of IM Kwon-Taek’s film (2005, in France), Beyond Pictures (2013, in Korea), Transhumanities (2013, in Korea), SF, Possibility of humans and machines (2017, in Korea). And the Korean translations of Christian Metz’s books: The Essay on Signification in Cinema I, II (2011) and The Imaginary Signifier (2009).

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