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Workshop: Art, autonomy & AI with Gene Kogan at Iklectik London

Text by CLOT Magazine

Gene Kogan is an artist and programmer interested in generative systems, computer science, and software for creativity and self-expression. He collaborates within numerous open-source software projects and gives workshops and lectures on topics at the intersection of code and art.

IKLECTIK, the experimental sound and art space in London, are hosting a 2-day workshop next week on September 4 and 5, where Gene Kogan will explore the possibilities of new technologies that challenge our understanding of what creative practice can be. The workshop will introduce its participants to generative art and teach how to use AI and blockchain for artistic practice.

The workshop will include an overview of past research and current applications of Artificial Intelligence arts and a tutorial on text-to-image generative models [based on OpenAI’s CLIP + VQGAN]. There will also be a discussion about how AI arts fit into the broader crypto-art / NFT ecosystem, what AI arts have to offer and how it differs in that respect from other kinds of generative art. To finalise with an introduction to Abraham’s project with an interactive demo.

Through the explanation/lecture about the Abraham project, the 2-day event will host Gene Kogan with a 5-hour practical tutorial and workshop on how to generate images using text and how artificial intelligence and blockchain can be brought together to create an ‘artist in the cloud’.

The workshop is open to practitioners of all backgrounds and levels of experience.  Concerts and showcases will follow both workshop days.

(Media courtesy of the artist)
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