Next Generation Storytelling: AI and Language

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Next Generation Storytelling: AI and Language

November 26, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Workshop brought to you by The Space, in association with Arts Council England.


A one-day event for UK based artists, writers, poets, film and theatre makers, creative technologists, arts organisations, and cultural stakeholders.


AI and machine learning are no longer futuristic technologies but are being increasingly integrated into our everyday lives; used to help us access creative content, from image and video content, to music, radio and podcasts.  Artists, writers and organisations are already exploring whether AI can help them develop new creative worlds for people to discover but as a cultural sector there is nothing like the widespread interest and uptake there is in immersive technologies. The Space is interested in exploring what some of the potential barriers to adoption are and how we might facilitate creative access to these powerful new technologies.


The Space, with funding from Arts Council England, present a one-day event looking at ways in which AI intersects with language, writing and storytelling.


What we’ll cover

This event looks at how AI and machine learning are used in literature, drama, spoken word and other narrative forms. We’ll consider how we might develop new forms of storytelling and artistic experiences, and discuss critical questions that surround the use of these technologies.


We will present keynotes/examples from creatives across different artistic disciplines, some of whom are already experimenting with AI and machine learning and those who are interested in the potential for AI to help them explore new forms of narrative, storytelling and artistic experiences in the future. The day will also involve discussions and break out sessions involving attendees, and is designed to be interactive.



Fiona Morris, Chief Executive and Creative Director of The Space will be joined by:


Ross Goodwin  Ross is a creative technologist, artist, language hacker, data scientist, and a former ghostwriter for Obama. His work includes Please Feed The Lions a collaboration with designer Es Devlin which used AI and public participation to create collective poems in London’s Trafalgar Square and was supported by The Space , and I the Road, where he used a car as a pen to write a novel. Ross is taking a curatorial role in preparing the day with The Space.


Pietro Gagliano (Transitional Forms)
Pietro is an artist and creative director specialising in interactive and immersive storytelling using creative machine intelligence. His current project Agence, a co-production with the National Film Board of Canada’s Toronto studio, is an interactive piece that explores the relationship between artificial intelligence and human agency.


Luba Elliott , curator, artist and researcher in artificial intelligence in the creative industries. Luba has organised workshops and exhibitions for The Photographers’ Gallery, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence and Google and Impakt festival.


Libby Heaney is an artist, lecturer and quantum physicist. Her work includes Lady Chatterley’s Tinderbot, conversations between an AI Tinderbot posing as characters from Lady Chatterley’s Lover and other Tinder users, and Britbot, a Sky Arts commission where she trained a bot to be ‘British’ by inviting members of the public to join the discussion.


This event is designed for creative or artistic directors of arts/cultural organisations, writers, poets and spoken word artists, theatre and film makers, creative technologists, interactive producers and arts funders who are interested in exploring uses of AI and machine learning.



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