The Future of Art and Computing: A Post-Turing Centennial Perspective

Program Committee
  1. Anna Dumitriu
  2. S Barry Cooper
Date: Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd April Website: Description:
In the 60 years since Alan Turing's premature death in Manchester, his work on higher order computation - particularly that concerning human thinking and morphogenesis - has provided a meeting of the ways for scientists, social scientists and the creative arts. This symposium seeks to bring together workers across a spectrum of disciplines, to both evaluate and promote cooperative activity in this area. The theme of the symposium builds on that of the "Intuition and Ingenuity" exhibition, which took place at AISB 2013 in Birmingham, and the related article written by exhibition co-curator Anna Dumitriu for the AISB journal. Framed by past work within the Turing Centenary Arts and Culture subcommittee the symposium will focus on new directions in art and technology collaboration, for example that via the major EU funded project ICT & ART Connect which sets out to explore new boundaries bringing together artists and technologists. Collective acts of co-creation, together with an open and multidisciplinary discussion, will foster the collaboration of art and technology. At the same time, we will be concerned with clarifying the nature of the relationship between art, meaning and science, with a focus on fundamental issues relating: human and machine intelligence; higher type and algorithmic computation; creativity, emergence and phase transitions; statistics, language and 'big data'. This is a huge field of investigation, but we will attempt to keep it focused on the informational nature of the creative arts and how they can enhance our understanding of science. We seek papers that investigate these ideas and showcase examples of best and forward thinking hybrid practices.