The New Real - Trust And Acceptance In Networked, Online Experiences To Enable And Support Post-COVID19 Recovery

Lead Research Organisation: University of Edinburgh
Department Name: Edinburgh College of Art

Abstract

The vast majority of cultural organisations face significant barriers in transitioning towards networked, online cultural and business models. We call this the 'New Real.'

New literacies and skills are needed to develop and delight online audiences while negotiating the profound, complex challenges surrounding safety, privacy, transparency, and misinformation in networked environments. Being able to critically reason about the function of a system makes us more resilient in the face of future system failures, or can help us to make judgements about whether systems are safe and ethical. Our project responds directly to this need.

Qualitative research through participatory design and ethnographic methodology will investigate the potential for strategies from data arts to be tailored and situated for organisations newly producing online experiences. It will specifically address the design of online and hybrid experiences to both delight audiences and develop critical literacies around the underlying tensions and moral dilemmas in the New Real.

Aim: to better understand how to facilitate and accelerate the transition to resilience through new cultural, social and economic models for the UK's world leading cultural sector.

This is supported by three concrete Objectives (O), each corresponding to a work-package (WP) and research question (RQ):
O1: Understand the strategies used by data arts practitioners and organisations to delight audiences and build critical literacies in the New Real.
O2: Co-design pathways with cultural organisations towards new forms of pandemic-resilient online and hybrid experiences.
O3: Synthesise a set of actionable insights, tools, concepts and models that can enable and support post-COVID19 recovery.
 
Title AWEN - A Walk With Nature 
Description AWEN is a self-guided walk developing a deeply personal encounter with the environment beyond human scale. Interactive art, sound, movement and play are prompted by global climate data and science. You will be able to start your walk from anywhere in the world. As you move through your surroundings, you will receive poetic and playful prompts to your smartphone. Developed as part of Resilience in the New Real and Experience in the New Real, developed through co-creation with Edinburgh Science Festival and a group of artists, scientists and technologists. It was presented at the Edinburgh Science Festival 2021 and during COP26 The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact Part of a co-creation collaboration that piloted for Edinburgh Science Festival a new mobile event format for audiences during the pandemic, and tested a novel value proposition where the festival provides a platform for climate engagement. 
URL https://awen.earth/
 
Title Mechanized Cacophonies by Anna Ridler and Caroline Sinders 
Description In Mechanized Cacophonies, Ridler and Sinders present an immersive artwork inspired by their time during lockdown, which explores how interactions with nature are increasingly mediated by technology. The audience see and hear waves crashing on a beach - a 'natural' environment generated by AI. The joy of the work comes in immersing oneself within it at home, and taking an active role in bringing it to life across multiple digital devices. During lockdown many of us have craved nature and the outdoors. Sinders and Ridler had to isolate just two days into a residency at Edinburgh Futures Institute. In the process they found new, distributed ways of working - and in Mechanized Cacophonies have crafted an experience of nature that is both nourishing and otherworldly. The two artists, working remotely, each captured sounds and images from a variety of sources. They trained a computerised neural network to interpret the resulting dataset and then generate eerie and uncanny representations of nature. Developed as part of Resilience in the New Real, and premiered at The New Real artistic exhibition at the Edinburgh International Festival. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact One of two artworks in the New Real artistic exhibition that piloted for Edinburgh International Festival a new online format for audiences during the pandemic. 
URL https://www.eif.co.uk/archive/2021-mechanized-cacophonies
 
Title The New Real online exhibition at Edinburgh International Festival 
Description The New Real was the title of an artistic exhibition curated by PI Hemment that was the first online AI art event of the Edinburgh International Festival. Two artworks were commissioned and presented: Mechanized Cacophonies by Anna Ridler and Caroline Sinders, and The Zizi Show by Jake Elwes. Each presents an astonishing artistic encounter for audiences during lockdown, and also asks deep questions about our relationship with technology. In Mechanized Cacophonies, Ridler and Sinders present an immersive artwork inspired by their time during lockdown, which explores how interactions with nature are increasingly mediated by technology. The Zizi Show, made by Jake Elwes in collaboration with a community of drag artists, is a joyful and vivacious online cabaret that pushes the limits of what can be imagined on a digital stage. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact The New Real artistic exhibition piloted for Edinburgh International Festival a new online format for audiences during the pandemic. 
URL https://www.eif.co.uk/news-and-blogs/new-real
 
Title The Zizi Show by Jake Elwes 
Description The Zizi Show, made by Jake Elwes in collaboration with a community of drag artists, is a joyful and vivacious online cabaret that pushes the limits of what can be imagined on a digital stage. It is hosted by Zizi, a drag act constructed using so-called 'deep-fake' technology that is capable of learning a variety of dance styles, looks and mannerisms by observing human performers. The making of The Zizi Show has enabled the drag community - which during lockdown has lost access to safe spaces for creative expression - to come together in a variety of 'spaces', from a cabaret theatre to a secure server. For the artists and production team it has also been a learning curve on IP and music 'sync rights' in the digital space. Developed as part of Resilience in the New Real, and premiered at The New Real artistic exhibition at the Edinburgh International Festival. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact One of two artworks in the New Real artistic exhibition that piloted for Edinburgh International Festival a new online format for audiences during the pandemic. 
URL https://www.eif.co.uk/archive/2021-zizi-show
 
Description Over the past twelve months, the Resilience in the New Real project brought together pioneering festivals and artists with leading academic thinkers to envision and pilot new forms of artistic experience and pandemic-proof routes to audiences for a world recovering from COVID-19. The pandemic sparked a swift and widespread digital pivot in the cultural sector, which we call the 'New Real'. We found this transition went beyond the simple adoption of new formats or technologies, to include far-reaching changes at cultural, organisational, economic, and infrastructural levels. The project has conducted co-creation research with international festivals and creative practitioners in artificial intelligence and hybrid formats to develop near future scenarios, challenges and opportunities for the cultural sector as it emerges from the COVID-19 crisis, and to devise and test novel formats and routes to audiences during and beyond the pandemic. It specifically surfaced strategies in 'digital native' arts fields, with a focus on artists working with artificial intelligence and machine learning, to inform and support recovery and transition. Based on the rapid pace of evolving creative practice in hybrid and data-driven formats, the project identified an urgent need to develop frameworks for analysing critical dimensions of this emerging area. This led to the articulation of a novel cross-disciplinary research framework we call Experiential AI, in which interactive intelligent systems are open to understanding and intervention at four levels: Aspect, Algorithm, Affect and Apprehension. We described the potential for this to support transition to new models and practices in the cultural sector. We also reported its potential to address challenges in AI science, and presented novel methodology to augment recent developments in explainable AI, by using art and tangible experiences to communicate black-boxed decisions and nuanced social implications in engaging, experiential ways to non-experts. This was built on by identifying and articulating actionable strategies through which AI artists intentionally design digital experiences to simultaneously delight and inform audiences. We propose how this approach might be adopted more widely by cultural organisations to develop fluency and therefore resilience in the New Real. Based on these findings, the first year of the project identified promising directions for future research and development in arts, creativity and artificial intelligence, and set out preliminary recommendations for a reset and positive future in the festivals sector. The project has engaged industry stakeholders and involved knowledge exchange and public engagement from the outset and throughout as an integral component of the research methodology. It has resulted in a new national research agenda and community in collaboration with the Alan Turing Institute and leading Edinburgh and international festivals.
Exploitation Route Preliminary findings are disseminated in reports and inform our continuing co-creation to implement change making strategies with the cultural partners. Additionally, extensive amplification activities will take place in the remaining period of the grant. We have published an impact logic model to describe the progression from the opportunities and barriers pinpointed in the first year of the project, to inputs, activities to be delivered in later stages, and on to outputs, outcomes and potential impacts. In this we considered impacts at three levels: individual, collective and societal, using the professional and organisational context of Festivals as the common thread.
Sectors Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL http://www.newreal.cc
 
Description The research achieved some impact in its first year, enabled by the 'open prototopying' co-creation methodology that involves knowledge exchange from the outset and throughout. The overall objective to surface niche strategies from 'digital natives' and situate those strategies in the practices of cultural organisations newly delivering digital or hybrid programmes was achieved in 2021 with two festivals. This included the Edinburgh International Festival presenting an online programme by AI artists to engage an audience during lockdown, and the Edinburgh Science Festival including a mobile app in its programme that could be experienced outdoors. This was a more significant departure for Edinburgh International Festival which positions itself as a champion of traditional artforms and repertoires such as classical music and is locked into a venue-based business model by an elderly and ageing audience. Edinburgh Science Festival had presented mobile walks not so dissimilar in the past, but a novelty was the way this was designed for individuals or small groups in line with lockdown restrictions. Another novelty was that the project explicitly sought to develop a new business model where the festival might be funded in the future to operate as a platform for cllimate engagement. The project has had a specific focus on AI arts, and this has shaped practice and policy at the Alan Turing Institute. PI Hemment was awarded a Turing Fellowship to build the AI & Art theme at the Turing. He co-authored the theme statement for the new Turing AI & Arts group, building on Resilience in the New Real, and was invited into the Turing Steering Group for Arts, Humanities and Cultural Heritage. Moreover, The New Real has been adopted by the Turing as their exemplar AI & Art project, mirroring way that another UKRI project is used as an exemplar for Digital Humanities, namely Living with Machines. This enables senior Turing staff to highlight Resilience in the New Real as evidence of work in this area in briefings to government. Though at an early stage, further impact is emerging through similar relationships to the Creative Industries Policy & Evidence Centre (PEC) and Scottish AI Alliance.
First Year Of Impact 2021
Sector Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural

 
Description Adoption of a mobile programme format and novel model of climate engagement by Edinburgh Science Festival
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Contribution to new or Improved professional practice
Impact The co-creation research led to the adoption of a mobile, climate data-based event format by the Festival, providing them with a pandemic resilient format during lockdown, and leading to a new value proposition.
URL https://youtu.be/5QFjxQHP9fw
 
Description Adoption of an online, AI-fuelled programme format by Edinburgh International Festival
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Contribution to new or Improved professional practice
Impact The co-creation research led to the adoption of an online AI-Fuelled event format by the Festival, providing them with a pandemic resilient format during lockdown, and leading to significant new works of art.
URL https://www.eif.co.uk/news-and-blogs/new-real
 
Description Adoption of new curatorial policy and programme format by Edinburgh International Festival
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Contribution to new or Improved professional practice
Impact The co-creation research led to the adoption of an online AI-Fuelled event format by the Festival, providing them with a pandemic resilient format during lockdown, and leading to significant new works of art.
URL https://newreal.cc/magazine-database/video-ai-and-art-future-now
 
Description PI Hemment invited onto the Steering Group for Arts, Humanities and Cultural Heritage at the Alan Turing Institute
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Policy advice and letter to Chancellor
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
URL https://ddi.ac.uk/university-of-edinburgh-statement-in-support-of-the-pec-proposal-and-letter-to-gov...
 
Description The New Real and Experiential AI research partnership profiled in The Practice of Art and AI review report (Ars Electronica)
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Citation in systematic reviews
Impact The New Real and Experiential AI were scientific partners for the European ARTificial Intelligence Lab (AI Lab). It resulted in new cross-disciplinary practice through which the arts and sciences help to answer each other's questions.
URL https://ars.electronica.art/newdigitaldeal/files/2021/08/artandai.pdf
 
Description Developing ML Optimisation and Enhancement of a Walking Experience
Amount £283,303 (GBP)
Funding ID Project Code: D-DS4S-028. Application Reference T1_28 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2021 
End 05/2022
 
Description SFC-DDI Covid Beacon Programme: Smarter Places
Amount £98,780 (GBP)
Organisation Government of Scotland 
Department Scottish Funding Council
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2021 
End 09/2021
 
Description Ars Electronica presents The New Real pilot projects in 2021 
Organisation Ars Electronica Center
Country Austria 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The research supported the Ars Electronica Festival to explore new horizons in AI art as a part of its strategy to emerge from the Covid-19 period, and developed novel artistic experiences that the Festival included as a part of its programme, including Cypress Trees by Anna Ridler and Caroline Sinders.
Collaborator Contribution The Director of European Cooperation, Organization and Finance as well as other team members participated in co-creation workshops, the Festival provided a platform to disseminate the pilot experiences. Ars Electronica participated in the research through the framework of the European ARTificial Intelligence Lab, which is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport.
Impact https://ars.electronica.art/newdigitaldeal/en/cypress-trees/ Emerging from the Covid-19 Crisis into the New Real: Scenarios and challenge themes for the festivals sector Drew Hemment, Matjaz Vidmar, Caroline Sinders, Keili Koppel, Holly Warner www.newreal.cc/publications/emerging-into-the-new-real Multi-Disciplinary Visual Art Design AI
Start Year 2021
 
Description Cultural Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC) 
Organisation Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The research team collaborated with the Cultural Industries Policy and Evidence Centre to evaluate and make the case for Government investment in AI for the Creative Industries.
Collaborator Contribution The Cultural Industries Policy and Evidence Centre advised the research team to help them understand the sector needs from an economic perspective, and provided a route to policy impact.
Impact https://www.pec.ac.uk/news/calling-for-a-uk-centre-for-ai-and-the-creative-industries Multi-Disciplinary Creative Industries AI
Start Year 2021
 
Description Edinburgh Science Festival presents AWEN in 2021 
Organisation Edinburgh International Science Festival
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The research supported the Edinburgh Science Festival through a co-creation process to develop and adopt a novel programming model and event format. The research team provided design, curatorial, climate science and AI research to facilitate the development of the programme.
Collaborator Contribution The Festival Director and the CEO each participated in a series of co-creation workshops, the Festival provided a platform to pilot the novel programme output, and participated in dissemination activities.
Impact https://newreal.cc/awen Emerging from the Covid-19 Crisis into the New Real: Scenarios and challenge themes for the festivals sector Drew Hemment, Matjaz Vidmar, Caroline Sinders, Keili Koppel, Holly Warner www.newreal.cc/publications/emerging-into-the-new-real Multi-Disciplinary Visual Art Design Climate Science
Start Year 2021
 
Description Partnership with Turing on The New Real and AI & Arts 
Organisation Alan Turing Institute
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution PI Drew Hemment and research team have developed The New Real into the flagship and exemplar AI & Arts activity for the Alan Turing Institute. Hemment is a leading member of the ATI AI & Arts group, and led a DE NetworkPlus bid on behalf of ATI, attracting 74 industrial letters of support and £3.1M committed match funding. Hemment has been voted on to the ATI Arts, Humanities & Cultural Heritage Steering Group.
Collaborator Contribution Turing CEO Adrian Smith briefed Government and UKRI on The New Real policy recommendations (https://ddi.ac.uk/university-of-edinburgh-statement-in-support-of-the-pec-proposal-and-letter-to-government). Turing staff have participated in consultations, workshops, meetings and development activity, including project design and co-creation with cultural partners, and funding proposal development. Turing member institutions (incl Queen Mary, Southampton, and others) have participated in workshops. Turing Fellows have contributed articles/blogs for newreal.cc. Turing has presented/showcased The New Real project participants and outputs at major fora and events.
Impact TNRO software & technical product Multi-disciplinary (Design Research, Visual Art, Science & Technology Studies, Data Science, AI Engineering). Experiential AI: Enhancing explainability in artificial intelligence through artistic practice. Drew Hemment, Dave Murray-Rust, Vaishak Belle, Ruth Aylett, Matjaz Vidmar, Frank Broz www.newreal.cc/publications/experiential-ai-enhancing-explainability-in-artificial-intelligence
Start Year 2021
 
Description AWEN - Encountering Climate Emergency 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This event - part of 2021 Edinburgh Science Festival - explored how the AWEN art project was conceived and created as both a call to climate action and a mobile experience for an audience during lockdown, and how it piloted a business model wherein a cultural festival provides a platform for climate action. Featuring members of the New Real's creative team Inés Cámara Leret (Lead Artist), Brendan McCarthy (Interactive Digital Designer, Ray Interactive), Matjaz Vidmar (Experiential AI Researcher) and Daisy Narayanan (Senior Manager for Mobility & Placemaking at City of Edinburgh Council). Chaired by Amanda Tyndall, Festival and Creative Director for the Edinburgh Science Festival.
The webinar and art project enabled the Edinburgh Science Festival to engage an international audience during lockdown, and it demonstrated how a Festival can operate as a platform for climate action as a basis for a new business model for the Festival.
Webinar presented jointly by Edinburgh Futures Institute and Edinburgh International Science Festival (EISF). Live event and video posted online on newreal.cc online collaboration hub for public engagement and knowledge exchange.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://newreal.cc/magazine-database/video-awen-encountering-climate-emergency
 
Description BBC Radio 4 lunchtime news interview on the main primetime news programme 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A prime time interview on the main BBC radio 4 lunchtime news programme
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Futurescot feature on AWEN at Edinburgh Science Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A feature article on the novelty of AWEN: A Walk With Nature as a mobile experience that connects audiences to global climate data during the pandemic.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://futurescot.com/new-walkabout-app-brings-climate-crisis-closer-to-home/
 
Description Resilience in the New Real: Co-Creation Development Workshop 1 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact To support the festivals recovery following Covid-19, we set out to understand the key challenges and opportunities for the culture and festival sector through two exploratory workshops with practitioners and stakeholders from different festival, media and policy organisations. External participants were invited to give 5 min presentations on the place for digital and AI-fuelled experiences in the transition to resilience and recovery after COVID19. There was then an interactive session when all participants populated the SCOPE Canvas, and then proposed and discussed scenarios based on triads of those statements. It closed with a session when stakeholders shared their plans for the coming festival cycle and discussed insights from the workshop. An audio recording was created of the workshop for later analysis, except for the final session to remove barriers to candid discussion. A Miro board was used to capture data on electronic post-its in the interactive session, and the project team recorded notes and annotations throughout. Through the workshops we built an understanding of festivals current format and visions for the future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://twitter.com/experientialAI/status/1445809604022214658?s=20&t=YvV7R4UlbkiLKlZDPw9SXg
 
Description Resilience in the New Real: Co-Creation Development Workshop 2 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact To support the festivals recovery following Covid-19, we set out to understand the key challenges and opportunities for the culture and festival sector through two exploratory workshops with practitioners and stakeholders from different festival, media and policy organisations. External participants were invited to give 5 min presentations on the place for digital and AI-fuelled experiences in the transition to resilience and recovery after COVID19. There was then an interactive session when all participants populated the SCOPE Canvas, and then proposed and discussed scenarios based on triads of those statements. It closed with a session when stakeholders shared their plans for the coming festival cycle and discussed insights from the workshop. An audio recording was created of the workshop for later analysis, except for the final session to remove barriers to candid discussion. A Miro board was used to capture data on electronic post-its in the interactive session, and the project team recorded notes and annotations throughout. Through the workshops we built an understanding of festivals current format and visions for the future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://twitter.com/experientialAI/status/1445809604022214658?s=20&t=YvV7R4UlbkiLKlZDPw9SXg
 
Description Scotsman feature on The New Real at Edinburgh International Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A feature article on the novelty of The New Real online AI art programme for the Edinburgh International Festival:
"The Edinburgh International Festival is to embrace artificial intelligence and deepfakes for the first time - with a virtual cabaret featuring digital drag queens."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.scotsman.com/whats-on/arts-and-entertainment/edinburgh-international-festival-embraces-d...
 
Description Talk at CogX 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A talk by PI Drew Hemment on The New Real and the Experiential AI theme as a part of the Alan Turing Institute session at CogX 2021
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnFf3ltEHho&ab_channel=CogX
 
Description Turing Researcher Spotlight n Drew Hemment 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Turing Spotlight articles "Highlight the brilliant minds working at the Turing"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.turing.ac.uk/people/spotlights/drew-hemment
 
Description Turing Researcher Spotlight n Drew Hemment 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Turing Spotlight articles "Highlight the brilliant minds working at the Turing"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.turing.ac.uk/people/spotlights/drew-hemment
 
Description Twitter account - @experientialAI 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact An active twitter account for knowledge exchange and public engagement
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://twitter.com/experientialai
 
Description Webinar: AI and Art, the Future is Now 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The event presented and discussed used the first online data art exhibition at EIF, with artists Anna Ridler and Caroline Sinders in conversation with Edinburgh International Festival (EIF)Head of Programmes Roy Luxford and PI Drew Hemment. Chaired by Briana Pegado. Why are artists working with AI? And how? This disseminated early findings concerning the design of digital experiences for digital audiences during the pandemic and sparked questions from the audience and discussion by the panel.
The Head of Programmes at Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) seriously investigating and advocating for the value and significance of a new area of transdisciplinary creative practice AI art for their programme.
Webinar presented jointly by Edinburgh Futures Institute and Edinburgh International Festival (EIF). Live event and video posted online on newreal.cc KE and PE collaboration hub.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://newreal.cc/magazine-database/video-ai-and-art-future-now
 
Description Webinar: The Politics of AI and Drag 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact New Real artist Jake Elwes in conversation with drag artist Me, Morgan Currie and Drew Hemment. Chaired by Briana Pegado. Morgan Currie and Drew Hemment. Chaired by Chaired by Briana Pegado FRSA, Creative Director of Fringe of Colour Films. Through drag performance, this artwork aims to use cabaret and musical theatre to challenge narratives surrounding AI and society.
The webinar and art commission empowered a marginalised community - the drag and LBQT+ community - that was poorly represented in Machine Learning training data by developing access to AI and providing paid employment for the creative performance community during lockdown.
Webinar presented jointly by Edinburgh Futures Institute and Edinburgh International Festival (EIF). Live event and video posted online on newreal.cc online collaboration hub for public engagement and knowledge exchange.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://newreal.cc/magazine-database/video-politics-ai-drag
 
Description Website featuring an online magazine and collaboration hub 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact An online hub for discussion, publications and astonishing cultural experiences fuelled by AI. An innovative knowledge exchange and public engagement instrument that is integral to the co-creation research method and routes to impact.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL http://www.newreal.cc