Daniel Ambrosi is recognized as one of the founding creators of the emerging AI art movement and is noted for the nuanced balance he achieves in human-AI hybrid art. Based near Silicon Valley in Half Moon Bay, California, Ambrosi has been exploring novel methods of visual presentation for almost 40 years since entering the Program of Computer Graphics at Cornell University where he earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree and a Masters in 3D Graphics.
Mike Tyka's work has focused both on traditional sculpture and modern technology, such as 3D printing and artificial neural networks. In 2015 he created some of the first large-scale artworks using neural networks, such as Iterative DeepDream and co-founded the Artists and Machine Intelligence program at Google. In 2017 he collaborated with Refik Anadol to create a pioneering projection installation using Generative Adversarial Networks, "Archive Dreaming." His series "Portraits of Imaginary People" has been shown at ARS Electronica in Linz, Christie's in New York, and at the New Museum in Karuizawa, Japan. His kinetic, AI-driven sculpture "Us and Them" was featured at the 2018 Mediacity Biennale at the Seoul Museum of Art and in 2019 at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo.
Deirdre Barrett, Ph.D. is a psychologist at Harvard where she teaches courses on dreams. She is the former president of IASD and The Society for Psychological Hypnosis. She has written five books including Pandemic Dreams and The Committee of Sleep, and she is the editor of four more including Trauma and Dreams. She is also Editor-in-Chief of IASD's journal, DREAMING. For the past four years, she has been making digital art based on her dreams, and is represented by Keep Contemporary Gallery in San Antonio. Her work has appeared in shows around the U.S. and won second place in The International Association for the Study of Dreams exhibition in 2017.
“Position” was created by Tristan Onek’s AI Aesthete program by analyzing the first chapter of Theodor Adorno’s book Aesthetic Theory, entitled Art, Society, Aesthetics. Just as Adorno explains how ‘nothing concerning art is self-evident anymore’, this piece demonstrates an image of a painting that is becoming distorted while other much fainter images begin to materialize on top of the existing artwork. The illusory imagery that is beginning to challenge the art has no theme or purpose, but neither part’s purpose is truly self-evident in any sense.
“Resolution” was created by Tristan Onek’s AI Aesthete program by analyzing the entirety of Søren Kierkegaard’s book entitled Either/Or: A Fragmented Life. Kierkegaard explains how people will regret any of the decisions before them, and not choosing to act on these decisions during a very finite lifetime leads to ‘double regret’ in which life is nothing but a series of painful choices. Overcoming this trap is necessary before the flower that is life wilts away into death.
Tristan Onek is a computer science researcher, web developer, and digital artist. His work has recently focused on using AI and other computational methods to turn text-based media like poetry, musical lyrics, literature, and more into visual art. He created the AI Aesthete program during this research as a system that takes a wide range of media as input and analyzes its content to generate artwork by merging images scraped from the Internet which best represent that media. Aside from his personal scientific and artistic endeavors, he has also previously done separate work with East Tennessee State University and the University of Southern California. When not working or studying, Tristan spends considerable time traveling around the country discussing his activities at different academic events. Tristan recently finished his undergraduate studies at ETSU and is now working independently on different creative projects.