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Art and Artificial Intelligence from the Viewpoint of Cultural Techniques

Research at Academy of Performing Arts in Prague

The impact of automation and artificial intelligence is currently discussed primarily in the fields of industrial production, logistics, military, and financial services. However, it affects creative industries and arts just as much: machine vision is a topic that attracts the attention of many visual artists, and it is also a challenge for traditional procedures and techniques of artistic work, distribution, reception, teaching and reflecting on art. The usual metanarrative of humans being replaced by machines appears to be especially problematic in this area of creative work, which has traditionally been opposed to routine and mechanical production. The goal of the project was to explore the influence of automated visual systems on the current visual arts (photography, film, video, installations and interactive works): the specific applications that artists typically work with, critical and theoretical discourses that surround their works in both Czech and international context, and especially new practice, attitudes and approaches as well as forms of working and collaborating that come into existence and establish themselves in this new ecosystem. The current situation was analysed on the background of the historical development of technical image operators and visual apparatuses.

Team leader & members

Mgr. Tomaš Dvořak, Ph.D., assistance: M. Magidova, M. Vanžura (Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague)

Selected publications

  • The project results are two specialised books currently being prepared for publication and three chapters in a specialised book, T. Dvořak et al., (New) Media Operators, NAMU 2020


Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague
Department of Photography
Smetanovo nabrezi 2
116 65 Prague
Czech Republic

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