Human Collaboration and Machine Generation Across Media


Presentation Title:

  • Human Collaboration and Machine Generation Across Media



  • Our panel explores machinic sense and sensibility through a discussion of our joint work on generated media systems. The three of us have been collaborating in various ways for the past 15 years; We all three worked together to create the combinatorial video artwork Three Rails Live in 2013. We will discuss how we have worked together to develop simple but culturally meaningful systems that generate combinations of language, images, and sound. Rather than trying to produce systems that mimic human intelligence or pass as human, we have created systems that perform the basic functions that computers can do well: Manipulating symbols and drawing from distributions. In doing so, we have relied on each other’s human sentience to collaboratively develop voices and visions that are overtly machinic, but which work to exchange and arrange human visual and textual elements.