Soft thought is not there to be understood as a new cognitive function or as a transcendent form of rationality but to reveal that programming culture is infected by incomputable thoughts that are yet to be accounted for.

Luciano Parisi, Contagious Architecture: Computation, Aesthetics, and Space

Emergence is the premier project of the Art + AI Research Group at the University of Vermont. In this project we interrogate Generative Adversarial Networks and Genetic Algorithms, unearthing artifacts that trace their black-boxed inner workings.

Learn more about the Art + AI Research Group at the University of Vermont.

Art Anew.

Artist Jenn Karson lectures in the Department of Art and Art History, and oversees the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences’ digital fabrication lab—the FabLab. Last February, she also launched a small group working at the intersection of art and artificial intelligence. A mixture of students and alumni in data science, engineering and studio art, Art + AI Initiative at UVM, “has been meeting virtually all through COVID and we have hundreds of generated images,” Karson says. The group makes new creations through generative algorithms, the novel generative adversarial network StyleGAN and other practices with machine learning (one example pictured here). On December 17, Karson will be leading the group’s first public event: an online talk and performance hosted by the Vermont Studio Center.

University Communications, UVM Today, December 2020