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AI is here and how- Chat GPT became the quickest tech company to 100 million active users in 2 months and millions of images are being created with text to image generation services daily! What does this all mean for art and creativity? Does art continue to be a human pursuit, or have we finally managed to ‘automate’ art? If AI can create any ultra-realistic looking image instantly on demand, where does this blurring boundary between truth and generated reality leave us? Are the datasets that power these AI models representative of our cultural diversities or are they funnelling us into whitewashed vaults? How do we navigate this post-truth, post-human era we find ourselves in? Can art be a medium to engage with these questions more critically and thus collectively shape the future of humanity? Artist Harshit Agrawal will explore these topics through this talk, sharing his work in the area of AI and art over the last decade.
Harshit is an Indian artist working with emerging technologies, primarily artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D printing. His practice is centered around the theme of exploring the poetics of technology in our already posthuman existence. He is a graduate of the MIT Media Lab (USA) and IIT Guwahati and has carried out residencies at the Google Arts and Culture Lab (France), Museum of Tomorrow (Brazil), Art Center Nabi (Korea) and X-Lab (Japan). Along with his art practice, he has authored several publications and patents about his work at the intersection of human computer interaction and creative expression.
Harshit was the only Indian artist, among 7 international AI art pioneers at the first global exhibition of AI Art in a contemporary gallery (at Nature Morte Gallery in 2018). He held India’s First Solo Exhibition of AI Art at the Emami Art Gallery in Kolkata in September 2021. His work is part of the permanent exhibition at the largest computer science museum in the world, HNF museum in Germany. He curated India’s first AI NFT exhibition- Intertwined Intelligences with 6 global AI artists (including his works) at Terrain.art platform. His work has been extensively covered in international media, including BBC, New York Times, Artnet, STIR World.