1st Edition

Choreomata Performance and Performativity after AI

Edited By Roberto Alonso Trillo, Marek Poliks Copyright 2024
    558 Pages 64 Color Illustrations
    by Chapman & Hall

    558 Pages 64 Color Illustrations
    by Chapman & Hall

    558 Pages 64 Color Illustrations
    by Chapman & Hall

    Is artificial intelligence (AI) becoming more and more expressive, or is human thought adopting more and more structures from computation? What does it mean to perform oneself through AI, or to construct one’s subjectivity through AI? How does AI continue to complicate what it means to have a body? Has the golden age of AI, especially with regards to creative applications, already ended?

    Choreomata: Performance and Performativity after AI is a book about performance and performativity, but more specifically, it is a book about the performance of artificiality and the performance of intelligence. Both humans and human-designed computational forces are thoroughly engaged in an entangled, mutual performance of AI. Choreomata spins up a latticework of interdisciplinary thought, pairing theoretical inquiry from philosophy, information theory, and computer science with practical case studies from visual art, dance, music, and social theory.

    Through cross-disciplinary proportions and a diverse roster of contributors, this book contains insights for computer scientists, social scientists, industry professionals, artists, and beyond.

    Table of Contents

    Foreword by Tiziana Terranova


    List of Contributors

    A. Performing Artificiality, Performing Intelligence


    1. 0-Degree Plane of Neuroelectronic Continuity: AI & Psychosocial Evaporation

              Marek Poliks & Roberto Alonso Trillo

          2. Performing the Automated Image

              Anna Munster & Ned Rossiter

          3. Negative Aesthetics: AI and Non-Performance

             Luciana Parisi

         4. Performance, Performativity, and Subjectivity at the Intersection of Art and Digital Cultures

             Barbara Bolt


        5. Performing Creativity: Text-to-Image Synthesis and the Mimicry of Artistic Subjectivity

            Keith Tilford

        6. Galatea Reloaded: Imagination Inside-Out Imagine

           Reza Negarestani


        7. Intelligent Company: Co-creative AI as Anamnesis

          Jonathan Impett

       8. Autonomy, Intention, Performativity: Navigating the AI Divide

          Jon McCormack

       9. Interaction Grammars: Beyond the Imitation Game

          AA Cavia

    B. Choreomatic Bestiary


       10. Choreomata
          Sofian Audry

       11. The Musicality of Imperfection

          Davor Vincze

       12. Robot Choreography, Choreorobotics, and Humanist Technology: A Conversation between Dr. Madeline Gannon and Dr. Ken Goldberg

          Catie Cuan


       13. Ars Autopoetica: On Authorial Intelligence, Generative Literature, and the Future of Language

         Sasha Stiles

       14. AI, Architecture, and Performance: Walt Disney Concert Hall Dreams

         Refik Anadol & Pelin Kivrak

       15. Performing AI-Generated Theater Plays

         Klára Vosecká & Tomáš Musil & Rudolf Rosa


       16. Identity Dissolution: Using Artificial Intelligence for Artistic Exploration of Identity Models

        Alexander Schubert

       17. Noise and Subjectivity in the Era of Machine Learning



       18. Descendent: AI and the Body beyond Hybridization

       Roberto Alonso Trillo

       19. Descendent: Understanding the Digital Production Process from Human Interpretation to Algorithmic Interpolation to AI Inference

        Peter Nelson

       20. Ghosts of the Hidden Layer

             People & Things

       Jennifer Walshe


    Roberto Alonso Trillo is a musician and researcher based in Hong Kong, where he works as an Assistant Professor at the Hong Kong Baptist University. His practice explores the connections between different artistic disciplines, from dance and music to video art and interactive sound installations. His recent work examines networked hybrid music practices endemic to a world increasingly mediated by AI and machine learning. His multipronged practice-based and -led research, operating at the intersection between philosophy, sociology, and cultural studies, spans areas as diverse as a post-structuralist reconsideration of musical workhood and authorship, technologically enhanced string pedagogy, gesture analysis, and interface development.

    Roberto is the author of Death and (Re)Birth of J. S. Bach (Routledge) and has published in journals such as Leonardo, Organised Sound, and Music Education Research. He is a co-founder, with his colleague Peter AC Nelson, of the MetaCreativity Lab at Hong Kong Baptist University. His long-time partnership with Marek Poliks – DisintegratorAI – has led to the publication of several CDs, journal articles, and the exhibition of interactive artworks in international venues.

    Marek Poliks is an artist, engineer, and theorist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He works with machine learning as applied to sound, digital media, robotics, and sculpture.

    Marek leads technology at the design firm Polytope, where he builds interactive infrastructure for clients like the Dubai Future Foundation. His long-time partnership with Roberto Alonso – DisintegratorAI – has led to CDs for NEOS and Creotz Ediciones, articles for Leonardo and Organised Sound, a GAN-and Transformer-driven raw audio synthesis engine (‘Demiurge’), a real-time behavior-responsive data interface (‘Archon’), and two soft robots (‘Hydra’ and ‘Polyp’), and this book.

    Marek has a PhD from Harvard, an ASCAP award in music journalism, and a career as an artist exhibiting around the globe.