Klingemann, Barqué-Duran, Marzenit

2nd Prize


These artists joint works give life to a performance that aims to reflect on one of the human archetypal concepts: the inspiring muse. The trio reflects on the semantic nature of the muse based on traditional art history models, creating an images’ dataset able to inspire an artificial intelligence to produce art.

This project explores how artificial intelligence can collaborate with the human being in creative processes. The work synthesizes the relationship between human and artificial: the algorithm learns from the dataset and generates new outcomes that are then reproduced in a pictorial key during a performance in which human and artificial work side by side, in a context unified by a music-set. An ancient and universal concept like that of the muse is re-read considering the relationship that can be established between human creativity and imagination and the artificial ones, giving the machine the opportunity to be an active collaborator in the definition of a new way of thinking about art and its language.

Albert Barqué-Duran is a Honorary Research Fellow In Cognitive Science and a new media artist at City, University of London and Lacuna Lab in Berlin. He leads disruptive projects at the intersection of art, research and technology with the aim of finding novel formats of generating scientific knowledge to reflect about contemporary and futuristic issues and its cultural implications.

Mario Klingemann is an artist who works with algorithms and data. He investigates the possibilities that machine learning and artificial intelligence offer by understanding how creativity, culture and their perception work. An important part of this investigation is his workwith digital cultural archives like the British Library, the internet Archives or the collection of Google Arts & Culture where is currently artist in residence.

Marc Marzenit is an audio engineer, composer, music producer and DJ with many years of experience touring the world. Besides his profile as underground musician, he also created shows like Suite on Clouds, a 3D mapping show with 8 violinists, 1 harp, symphonic percussions, synthesizers and a grand piano. These projects draw on his classical background and show his integrated vision of electronic music: combining acoustic, analogue and digital instruments together in the same show.


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