Joint Project EthicAI=LABS

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  • 27. May 2020 — 26. November 2022

  • Artificial intelligence, Politics, Technology, Ethics, Media, Arts

  • Online ( Transnational)

Many current questions arise in the context of artificial intelligence (AI) and ethics. With a series of open lectures and panel discussions, the EthicAI project aims to initiate a discourse on these topics across national and genre boundaries.

The joint project invites multidisciplinary dialogue. Central topics from the field of linguistics are language acquisition, language processing and translation as well as linguistic communication between humans and AI. In the field of bias, aspects such as cognitive processing, human error, discrimination and data protection will be discussed, as well as AI that eliminates or reinforces human prejudices. Creativity through algorithms as well as copyright and censorship are in the focus for the area of creativity. And in the topic area of media, aspects such as the use of private data for political polarisation, propaganda and advertising as well as the future of deepfakes and similar media manipulations will be discussed.

EthicAI's goal is to open a cross-genre space for critical conversation in  Southeast Europe.

EthicAI is a project by the Goethe-Institutes in Athens, Bucharest, Ankara, Sarajevo, Sofia and Zagreb.

EthicAI=LABS - Creativity © Studio Punkt

EthicAI=LABS | Creativity Workshop
6th July 2021

The second workshop of the EthicAI=LABS project will take place on 6th July exploring the theme of Creativity and its intersections with Artificial Intelligence and Ethics. Can machines create art, what are the prerequisites for creativity and what lies in future for humans in a world of more and more algorithm-generated artworks? The project fellows will dive into the specifics of copyright and censorship together with three experts from the South-East Europe region.
Eva Cetinic (HR) – a researcher in the Institut Ruđer Bošković-Laboratory for Machine Learning and Knowledge Representation (LMLKR). Her research interests include computer vision, image processing, and machine learning and their applications to digital arts and humanities-related data.
Georgi Kostadinov (BG) Head of AI & CTO at Imagga and Kelvin Health. He has more than 10 years of experience in research and development of various machine learning algorithms for image and video understanding and over 15 years of experience in developing, deploying and managing complex software architectures.
Kyriaki Goni (GR) is an Athens based artist. Working across disciplines and technologies, she creates multi-layered installations. She connects the local with the global by critically touching on questions of surveillance, networks and infrastructures, ecosystems, human and other than human relations.
The working group focused on the topic of creativity - Marko Mrvoš(HR), Dessislava Fessenko(BG) and Yiannis Kiouvrekis(GR) will present their research to date. Together with the invited experts and their 15 project peers the team will look for different perspectives on the problems they have posed and discuss potential solutions.
While the workshop is closed for the project participants, the presentations by the guest experts and the following Q&A will be recorded and posted on the EthicAI=LABS project page.

Stefan Kaegi © Studio Punkt On transplanted performers and remote controlled audiences
Online talk by Stefan Kaegi / Rimini Protokoll (DE)
July 7th, 2021, 4-5 pm CET / 5-6 pm EET
Goethe-Institut Bulgaria and “Via Fest” Foundation have the pleasure to invite you to an online meeting with Stefan Kaegi from Rimini Protokoll in Berlin.

Within the context of EthicAI=LABS Goethe-Institut Bulgaria invites inspiring experts to present their creative exploration and practice and share their point of view towards the debate. Another reason to have the meeting with Stefan Kaegi is the Bulgarian tour of Uncanny Valley performance by Rimini Protokoll in which the human actor is replaced by a humanoid robot. The performance poses questions: what does it mean for the original when the copy takes over? Does the original get to know themself better through his electronic double? Do the copy and their original compete or do they help each other?

At the first part of the meeting Stefan Kaegi will show and comment short videos on recent productions of the german theatre label Rimini Protokoll including 50 remote controlled spectators, 100 statistically chosen citizens of São Paulo as well as international weapon dealers and immersive spaces remembering the legacies of people after the end of their lives. Asking the question “How to stage living ready-mades and recontextualize experts onto stages?” Kaegi will enter the public to the grey zone between reality and fiction, proposing them to allow documentary material and theatrical interventions to seduce them into complex topics like climate change or european politics.

The audience can ask questions in the livestream and have a discussion with the German director.

Stefan Kaegi
Kaegi co-produces works with Helgard Haug and Daniel Wetzel, under the label “Rimini Protokoll”. Using research, public auditions and conceptual processes, they give voice to ‘experts' who are not trained actors but have something to tell. Recent works include  the multi-player-video-piece Situation Rooms, 100% São Paulo with 100 local citizens on stage and the World Climate Conference – a simulation of the UN-conference for 650 spectators in Schauspielhaus Hamburg.  The CCCBarcelona recently showed their eco-installation Win < > win and is currently producing their immersive installation „Urban Nature“. Their „Utopolis“ for 48 portable loudspeakers opened in Manchester Festival.

Stefan Kaegi is based in Berlin, produces documentary theatre plays and works in public space in a diverse variety of collaborative partnerships. Kaegi has toured across Europe and Asia with two Bulgarian lorry drivers and a truck which was converted into a mobile audience room (“Cargo Sofia”). He has adapted "Remote X" an audiotour for 50 headphones to dozens of cities from Taipei to Santiago de Chile, and toured the interactive installation “Nachlass” that portrays people who have not much time to live. As well as „Uncanny Valley“ - a monologue for a humanoid robot - and „Temple du présent.“ A Solo for a live octopus on stage.

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