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The Neural Aesthetic of Deep Learning

Workshop The Neural Aesthetic of Deep Learning at the Institute Digital Communication Environments (IDCE), January / February 2023

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ECTS points
Next start
Will soon be announced.
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 almost psychedelic imagery in both computer science and the arts. The workshop will introduce into the basics of this “neural aesthetic” (Gene Kogan) using convolutional neural networks and will probe the creative potentials of the technology through hands-on experimentations. The aim is to discuss and reflect the consequences of these technologies for design and art in particular, as well as for our societies in general. What are the characteristics of this emerging ‘neural aesthetic’ and what would be meaningful roles for it within our visual cultures?
The participants will gain a foundational understanding of convolutional neural networks and will be enabled to conduct practical experiments with these. The course will give an introduction in working with models using Google Colab, Runway ML and ArtBreeder. 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 computing 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