All over the world, creatives are faced with a new dilemma – to create or not to create with Artificial Intelligence (AI)? Often sold as a powerful tool for co-creation with vast creative possibilities, there are also inherent challenges that have the potential to not only impact what gets made but who gets to make it.

This is the third in a series of talks brought to you by StartSpace and Frame Documentary. Join us for an in conversation with two leading experts, Coral Manton and Rodolfo Ocampo to explore how collaborating with AI as a creative practitioner can be done with care… and some of the pitfalls for us all to watch out for.

The discussion will be followed with an Q & A with the audience.

Meet Your Maker: Is Artistic Co-creation Really Possible With AI?
Date: Monday 19 June
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Venue: StartSpace held within State Library Victoria

Please note: Auslan interpretation is available on request for StartSpace events. Our staff require time to plan and book this service. If you would like to request Auslan Interpretation, please let us know when you register for the event by Monday 12 May, or email the team to request it: [email protected].

About Coral Manton, Artist and Lecturer

Coral Manton is an artist-technologist, design researcher and Senior Lecturer in Creative Computing at Bath Spa University. Her work focuses on creating more equitable spaces for people and technology through speculative design, design activism and playful design. She is co-curator of Control Shift, a computational arts programme in Bristol and is co-director of the Playable Media Lab.

Coral has been developing work that explores our emerging relationships with artificial intelligence including a series of conversational AI chatbot projects including Women Reclaiming AI, and Looking For The Cloud. Coral’s work has been featured in Ars Electronica, SXSW, The Guardian Newspaper and she has led workshops at The Barbican for AI: More than Human and MozFest and was invited to speak at ITU, a United Nations Conference, on Gender and AI.

About Rodolfo Ocampo, Engineer, Artist and Researcher

Rodolfo is a creative technologist, engineer, artist and researcher from Mexico. He is currently a PhD candidate at the UNSW School of Art and Design, researching humans and AI can collaborate in creative activities. He originally came to Australia after receiving a scholarship to participate in an experimental masters program at the ANU, to study the development of safe, sustainable and responsible AI-enabled systems. As part of this process, Rodolfo created Narrative Device, a viral app that has been used more than 2 million times to generate stories using GPT-3.

Additionally to his PhD and creative practice, Rodolfo currently works at the CSIRO developing machine learning tools for environmental monitoring in collaboration with traditional owners and Indigenous rangers. Before coming to Australia, Rodolfo worked at Google for two years.

About Frame Documentary

Frame Documentary is Australia’s first and only organisation dedicated to supporting the next generation of creative minds to enhance documentary storytelling techniques through the use of emerging technologies. The organisation supports creatives across disciplines who are interested in the merger of non-fiction stories with creative technology.