Isea 2022 - Possibles



June 10th

Full paper / The Cabinet of Wolfgang von Kempelen: AI Art and Creative Agency

Authors: Dejan Grba


This paper discusses the art practices that use artificial intelligence to explore creative agency and associated topics such as authorship, authenticity, intellectual property, and labor.


Theme: AI Art, Anthropomorphism, Authorship, Creative Agency, Machine Learning

Venue: CCCB

More information:

  • Abstract: The aim of this paper is to expand the existing critical discourse of AI art with new perspectives which can be used to examine the creative attributes of emerging practices and to assess their cultural significance and sociopolitical impact. It discusses AI art projects that explore creative agency and associated topics such as authorship, authenticity, intellectual property, and labor. The focus is on works that exemplify poetic complexity and manifest the epistemic or political ambiguities indicative of AI science, technology, and business. By comparing, acknowledging, and contextualizing their accomplishments and shortcomings, the paper outlines the possible directions to advance the field.

  • Biography: Dejan Grba is an artist, researcher, and scholar who explores the cognitive, technical, poetic, and relational aspects of emerging media arts. He holds a doctoral degree and a master’s in fine arts from the University of the Arts Belgrade. He has exhibited in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia, and published papers in journals, conference proceedings, and books worldwide. In 2019/2020, Dejan was a Visiting Associate Professor in the School of Art Design and Media at NTU in Singapore. He has served as a Co-founding Associate Professor with Digital Art Program of Interdisciplinary Graduate Center at University of the Arts in Belgrade since 2005, and as a Founding Chair and Associate Professor with New Media Department at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade from 1998 to 2020. He was a Guest Assistant Professor at Computer Art Program in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University in 2007.


  • CCCB

Montalegre, 5 - 08001 Barcelona

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