What is Artificial Intelligence (AI)? How does it affect me? Is it safe? What can we do with it?

Art and AI: In Conversation is a series of panels that addresses some of the most important questions of our time: how do we work with AI, control it, and use it in useful and creative ways. Join our panelists to see how AI already manifests in our creative and day-to-day lives, and to consider how we can, and must, use AI to shape the future.

20 MAR 2021, 2-9 PM
ASIAN CIVILISATIONS MUSEUM & ONLINE VIA ZOOM

PROGRAMMES

PANEL 1:

Living with AI

What is AI, and what are the many, and sometimes surprising ways, it manifests in our daily lives?

20 Mar 2021, 2-3PM
Asian Civilisations Museum

PANEL 2:

Beyond the Black Box: The Space Between Art & AI

What are the current uses and applications and implications of AI in art and art-making?

20 Mar 2021, 5.30-7PM
Asian Civilisations Museum

PANEL 3:

How can Algorithms be Fair?

What are the limitations of machine learning and AI as it is developed, used, and imagined?

20 Mar 2021, 8-9PM
Online via Zoom

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PANELISTS


The full speaker and programme line-up are subject to change.







PANELISTS


The full speaker and programme line-up are subject to change.





About Joses Ho

Joses Ho is a poet and a scientist.

As senior research fellow at the Bioinformatics Institute, he is involved in curating reports and online data visualisations to track emergent COVID-19 mutations across the globe.

As technical lead for SingPoWriMo (the largest online month-long poetry-writing activity in Asia), he archives and visualizes the poetry posted.

As performer, he has been featured in Sing Lit Body Slam (the world's first spoken-word / pro-wrestling show), Spoke and Bird, and the Singapore Writers' Festival (2015, 2016, 2019).

His fiction can be found at Nature Futures and LabLit. His poetry is published in QLRS, LONTAR, and various SingPoWriMo anthologies. His manuscript Moving Downwards in a Straight Line was selected for the 2019 edition of Manuscript Bootcamp.


Join Joses Ho at:
PANEL 2: Beyond the Black Box: The Space Between Art & AI
20 Mar 2021, 5.30-7pm | Asian Civilisations Museum

About Kay Vasey

Kay Poh Gek Vasey is the Founder of The MeshMinds Foundation, a registered not-for-profit arts organisation that empowers artists in Asia to focus on the sustainable development of people and our planet.

The MeshMinds Foundation is supported by its sister organisation, MeshMinds, a creative technology studio partnered with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Kay brings together the worlds of art and technology to power environmental education. She believes that empowering artists can inform conversations and inspire actions that result in measurable impact for a better world.


Join Kay Vasey at:
PANEL 3: How can Algorithms be Fair?
20 Mar 2021, 8-9pm | Online via Zoom

About Oon Shu An

Oon Shu An is an actress and host based in Singapore.

A graduate of the acting course at LASALLE College of the Arts, Shu An is a theatre, film and television actor.

Notably, Oon's best known roles were the ill-fated Song Dynasty courtesan Jing Fei in the Netflix cult favourite Marco Polo, and the troubled ex-con on her path to redemption as Frances Lee in HOOQ's How to be a Good Girl; the role she was nominated for at the Inaugural Asian Academy Creative Awards 2018.

In 2020, She was nominated for Best Actress at the Straits Times Life Theatre Awards, for the role as Ellen Toh on Mergers And Accusations.


Join Oon Shu An at:
PANEL 1: Living with AI
20 Mar 2021, 2-3pm | Asian Civilisations Museum

About Laurence Liew

Laurence is the Director for AI Innovation at AI Singapore where he drives the adoption of AI by the Singapore ecosystem through the 100 Experiments, Makerspace and AI Apprenticeship programmes.

A visionary and serial technopreneur, Laurence identified and introduced Singapore's enterprises to:- Linux and open source in 1999, High Performance Computing (HPC) Cluster in 2001, Grid Computing in 2003, Cloud Computing in 2007 and Open source analytics with R in 2011.

Laurence graduated from National University of Singapore (NUS) with First Class Honours in Engineering and holds a Masters in Knowledge Engineering from NUS.


Join Laurence Liew at:
PANEL 1: Living with AI
20 Mar 2021, 2-3pm | Asian Civilisations Museum

About Kevin Lim

Working at National Gallery Singapore for the past decade, Kevin Lim has evolved through roles in Visitor Experience, to Corporate Planning, to CoLab X, an innovation collaboration role at the Gallery.

For both visitors and staff, CoLab X is aimed at delivering value-add through better ways of working with the Gallery. To further the Gallery's innovation capability, his latest venture is YLab.sg where the Gallery aims to work with start-ups on cutting-edge ArtTech innovations.

Kevin Lim graduated with a doctorate in Communication theory from the State University at Buffalo, New York and his work has revolved around the reflexive architecture of society and online social networks.


Join Kevin Lim at:
PANEL 1: Living with AI
20 Mar 2021, 2-3pm | Asian Civilisations Museum

About Rei Poh

Rei Poh is a committed participatory theatre practitioner, director and game designer, who believes in the power of theatre to transform.

He is a proud graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts’ Master of Directing for Performance program.

Rei has created thought-provoking participatory and forum theatre works like ATTEMPTS:SG, ATTEMTPS:MEL and 《莎莎》 Girl In the White Sand Box.

Rei's recent projects include the showcase of DATING SIM (beta) - a participatory piece that experiments with videogame-style narrative featured in LATE NIGHT TEXTING 2019 by CENTRE 42 and a recent showcase virtually on Thornhill Theatrespace's Virtual Fringe Festival.


Join Rei Poh at:
PANEL 2: Beyond the Black Box: The Space Between Art & AI
20 Mar 2021, 5.30-7pm | Asian Civilisations Museum

About Zarina Muhammad

Zarina Muhammad is an artist, educator and researcher whose practice is deeply entwined with a critical re-examination of oral histories, ethnographic literature and other historiographic accounts about Southeast Asia.

Working at the intersections of performance, installation, text, ritual, sound and moving image, she is interested in the broader contexts of myth-making, haunted historiographies and role of the artist as “cultural ventriloquist” who lends multiple voices to spectral matters and speculative histories.

She has been working on a long-term interdisciplinary project on Southeast Asia’s provisional relationship to the otherworldly, ritual magic and the immaterial against the dynamics of global modernity and the social production of rationality. A forthcoming iteration of this work will be examining environmental histories, territory as palimpsest, land expropriation and multi-species entanglements.

In addition to presenting recent incarnations of her projects, performances and installations at Singapore Art Museum (Singapore), ArtScience Museum (Singapore), NTU Centre of Contemporary Art (Singapore), Objectifs Centre for Photography and Film (Singapore), Theatreworks (Singapore), Indonesia Contemporary Art Network (Indonesia), Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei (Taiwan,) she has also presented her work and been involved in projects across Asia Pacific and Europe.


Join Zarina Muhammad at:
PANEL 2: Beyond the Black Box: The Space Between Art & AI
20 Mar 2021, 5.30-7pm | Asian Civilisations Museum

About Shawn Chua

Shawn Chua is a researcher and artist engaged with embodied archives, uncanny personhoods, and the participatory frameworks of play.

He has presented his research at the Asian Dramaturg's Network, The Substation, and Performance Studies international (PSi), and his works have been presented under Singapore International Festival of Arts, Singapore Art Week, Esplanade Presents: The Studios and Amorph! Performance Art Festival.

He has served on the Performance Studies international (PSi) Future Advisory Board, is a founding member of Bras Basah Open School of Theory and Philosophy and is part of the group that runs soft/WALL/studs.


Join Shawn Chua at:
PANEL 3: How can Algorithms be Fair?
20 Mar 2021, 8-9pm | Online via Zoom

About Bani Haykal

Bani Haykal experiments with text + music.

As an artist and musician, bani considers music as material and his projects revolve around human-machine intimacies through various forms of interfacing and interaction.

He is a member of b-quartet.


Join Bani Haykal at:
PANEL 2: Beyond the Black Box: The Space Between Art & AI
20 Mar 2021, 5.30-7pm | Asian Civilisations Museum

About Eugene Soh

Eugene Soh a.k.a. DUDE is a tech artist. He is the founder of Dude Studios (dude.sg), a creative tech studio focusing on Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality, and Mind Palace (mindpalacevr.org), a social enterprise that uses VR to help dementia patients and nursing home residents revisit fond places and explore the world from the comfort and safety of their chairs, keeping their minds active and slowing the effects of dementia.

He grew up as a self-taught computer programmer, tinkering with the latest fun technology when he accidentally became an artist after his photographic piece, contextualizing Da Vinci's Last Supper in a local hawker centre setting, went viral on social media in 2012. That discovery, with its tongue-in-cheek commentary on contemporary life in Singapore, catapulted him into the art world. Many awards and exhibitions later, he hasn't stopped creating and tinkering.


Join Eugene Soh at:
PANEL 1: Living with AI
20 Mar 2021, 2-3pm | Asian Civilisations Museum

About Joel Tan

Joel Tan is a writer and performer whose work includes stage plays, audio drama, screeen-writing, musical theatre, performance dramaturgy, and creative non-fiction. His plays have received praise for their lyrical and incisive interrogation of life in Singapore and beyond. Several are collected in an edition, Joel Tan Plays Volume 1, published by Checkpoint Theatre.

Recent work in Singapore includes A bird calls you to moscow (SIFA), TANGO (Pangdemonium) and CAFE (Wildrice). In the UK, he is currently under commission with the Royal Court Theatre, Orange Tree Theatre, Audible, and Theatre 503, where he is a writing resident.


Join Joel Tan at:
PANEL 2: Beyond the Black Box: The Space Between Art & AI
20 Mar 2021, 5.30-7pm | Asian Civilisations Museum

About Malavika Jayaram

Malavika wears 3 hats: Practice Assistant Professor at SMU School of Law; Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University; and Executive Director of Digital Asia Hub.

She practised law at Allen & Overy, and was Vice President and Technology Counsel at Citigroup, in London. She has an LL.M. from Northwestern University, Chicago, was a Visiting Scholar at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, and has had fellowships at the University of Sydney and the Institute for Technology & Society, Brazil.

She was a member of the Executive Committee of the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems. She produced Drones & Dreams, a Speculative Fiction Story Collection.


Join Malavika Jayaram at:
PANEL 3: How can Algorithms be Fair?
20 Mar 2021, 8-9pm | Online via Zoom

About Immanuel Koh

Immanuel Koh is an assistant professor in Architecture & Sustainable Design (ASD) and Design & Artificial Intelligence (DAI) at the Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD). He obtained his PhD at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, while doing transdisciplinary research between the School of Computer Sciences and the Institute of Architecture.

Trained at the prestigious Architectural Association (AA) in London and Zaha Hadid Architects, Immanuel now directs the research laboratory Artificial Architecture in designing AI systems to solve complex problems facing the built environment. His recent book, Artificial & Architectural Intelligence in Design (2020), is among the first to reflect on the epistemological implications of AI on architecture, and vice versa.


Join Immanuel Koh at:
PANEL 3: How can Algorithms be Fair?
20 Mar 2021, 8-9pm | Online via Zoom

About Rupert Thomson

Rupert Thomson is Head of Artistic Programmes for AHL, leading on the programming of the Arts House, Goodman Arts Centre, Aliwal Art Centre and Art and AI: In Conversation.

Prior to this (2015-2019) he was head of Performance and Dance activities at Southbank Centre, Europe's biggest arts centre occupying an 11-acre site in central London, where he developed the Royal Festival Hall roof as an iconic site-specific performance space. From 2011 to 2015 he was Artistic Director at Summerhall, a multi-arts venue in Edinburgh described by the Guardian in 2014 as 'one of the world's great arts centres'. Running from the former veterinary school buildings of Edinburgh University, the venue's artistic programmes had a consistent connection to science.

Rupert's programmes have won over 40 major awards, and he has created projects with Oscar-winners (Tim Yip), Nobel Prize-winners (Dario Fo, Peter Higgs), and major artists across theatre, dance, literature, music, and fashion.

Join Rupert Thomson at:
PANEL 2: Beyond the Black Box: The Space Between Art & AI
20 Mar 2021, 5.30-7pm | Asian Civilisations Museum

PANEL 1: Living with AI

20 Mar 2021, 2-3PM, Asian Civilisations Museum  |  Free with Registration

The proliferation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has drawn much attention and debate over recent years. But what is AI, and what are some of the surprising ways it manifests in our daily lives? Join us at this opening panel to hear from an exciting range of speakers as they talk about AI and some of its applications and its impact on us.


Registration here

Speakers:

The full speaker and programme line-up are subject to change.


PANEL 2: Beyond the Black Box: The Space Between Art & AI

20 Mar 2021, 5:30-7PM, Asian Civilisations Museum  |  Free with Registration

What are some uses, applications, and implications of AI in art and art-making? How have developments in AI affected the way we see, think, portray, or engage with the idea of agency and humanity in our art? Join in a series of artist presentations featuring practitioners from across disciplines – including literary arts, theatre, sound, and visual arts – as they share about their projects, experiences, and experiments responding to or engaging with AI.


Registration here

Speakers:

The full speaker and programme line-up are subject to change.


PANEL 3: How can Algorithms be Fair?

20 Mar 2021, 8-9PM, Online via Zoom  |  Free with Registration

As AI and machine learning continue to manifest in many parts of our lives, there have been more questions and concerns about ideas of "fairness" and algorithmic justice. What are the limitations of machine learning and AI as it is developed, used, and imagined? How do we counter bias? As we continue to live and work in our AI-driven Smart Cities, how do we work together to ensure better and fairer outcomes, towards justice and equality?


Registration here

Speakers:

The full speaker and programme line-up are subject to change.


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