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Between Images. Visual Deep Learning for the Arts

Workshop Between Images. Visual Deep Learning for the Arts at the Institute Digital Communication Environments (IDCE), 13. – 17. February 2023

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ECTS points
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13. February 2023
1 Week
Teaching language
German / English
CHF 900.– (view fees)
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Recent advances in artificial intelligence research have unleashed a torrent of novel imagery in both computer science and the arts. The workshop will introduce into the basics of this new iconic culture situated “between the images” by giving an overview of the most popular approaches to visual deep learning.
Among these, especially "text to image”-based methods have improved rapidly in the recent past – not the least because of a vibrant open-source scene. Such neural networks can often transform complex, fantastic and even obscure image descriptions into coherent, visual results. High-resolution, photorealistic images of imaginary things can now be created by simple text inputs. Obviously, this raises a number of questions for the arts - is this a competition to human creative labor or just a new kind of tool?
The participants will gain a foundational understanding of generative neural networks and will be enabled to conduct practical experiments with these. The gained knowledge will be used for visual experimentation, allowing the participants to discuss the implications of artificial intelligence and deep learning based on an informed understanding. The course is aimed at designers and artists. Programming skills are not required. Additional costs for cloud services might occur.

Institute Digital Communication Environments (IDCE)

Visual communication is a tool of knowledge generation in its own right. Visualizations make things perceptible, imaginable and graspable.


Institute Digital Communication Environments IDCE

FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland Academy of Art and Design, Institute Digital Communication Environments (IDCE) High-rise: D 5.03 Freilager-Platz 1 CH - 4142 Münchenstein near Basel