Ghosts in the Machine

26 Septemper 2023 13:00 - 18:30

Ghosts in the Machine Artificial Worlds x Ghost / Asa Horvitz

A symposium to reflect on the role of AI in the arts and research.

By Arias Amsterdam

Location:  Zone2Source - Amstelpark 4, Amsterdam

  • ·      5 hours 30 minutes
  • ·      Mobile eTicket/Includes a drink

Artificial Worlds x Ghost / Asa Horvitz

The ARIAS Artificial Worlds group is proud to invite you to “Ghosts in the Machine”, a symposium to reflect on the role of AI in the arts and research.

On the occasion of the Amsterdam debut of ARIAS Artificial Worlds member Asa Horvitz’s performance, “GHOST,” this symposium addresses the crossroads between artificial intelligence, arts, and research. Organized around two round tables, we will bring together people who operate at the intersection of theory and practice. To round off the evening, we will enjoy a special performance of the music from GHOST followed by drinks.

The questions leading the discussions are: 

How is AI redefining the boundaries of creative expression, and what implications does this shift have for contemporary and future artistic practices?

As AI algorithms increasingly engage in generating art, how do we navigate the intricate balance between human intuition and machine precision in the creative process?

In what ways can AI augment artistic research methodologies, and how might this convergence lead to novel paradigms of understanding and interpreting art?

As artists and researchers collaborate with AI, how does the discourse on authorship and originality evolve, and what ethical considerations arise from these new collaborative dynamics?

Join us for a thought-provoking afternoon exploring how machine intelligence intertwines with contemporary artistic research practices. Artists, researchers, and anyone interested in the interplay of AI and art is welcome.


The program

13:00 Welcome and Introduction

Mariana Fernandez

13:10 Round table AI in the Arts | Research and Education  

Evelyn Wan (Utrecht University)

Roosje Klap (Leiden University)

Carlo de Gaetano (HvA)

Flavia Dzodan (Sandberg Research)

15:05 Break – Complementary coffee & tea

15:20 Round table AI in the Arts | In Practice

 Alejandro Calcaño (AI Now)

Seraphina Goldfarb-Tarrant (University of Edinburgh)

Asa Horvitz (Artist)

Špela Petrič (Artist/Researcher)

Sonia de Jager (Artist/Researcher)

17:30 “GHOST” Special musical performance

18:00 Drinks

18:30 Closing


Moderated by: Mariana Fernandez Mora - Artist Researcher / ARIAS Artificial Worlds
Organized by the ARIAS Artificial Worlds group in collaboration with Ghost / Asa Horvitz
With the support of the Municipality of Amsterdam and Zone2Source.
GHOST is produced by Golden Trout Wilderness (NL/USA)
In association with Celestial Excursions Vienna and SHOW MACHINE (NL).
Co-production: SPRING Performing Arts Festival, Het HEM, Muziekgebouw Productiehuis, Frascati Producties, Musiktheatertage Wien, brutWien.
With the kind support of the City of Vienna’s Department of Cultural Affairs, BMKOES, Amsterdam Fonds voor Kunst, Gemeente Utrecht, Amsterdam Zuid, KlavierLoft.
Residency/development: Goethe Institut Hong Kong, wpZimmer, deSingel, Microscope Gallery NYC, Camargo Foundation, MacDowell, DAS Theatre, ELIAS 2069.


Het Glazen Huis
Amstelpark 4, 1083 HZ Amsterdam