An A-Z of automated art

A is for Algorithm

An algorithm is a step-by-step list of instructions that need to be followed to solve a problem. Systems music and algorithmic composition use such sets of instructions to make music with minimal human intervention.

A is also for the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence

The AAAI is a nonprofit scientific society that promotes research in, and responsible use of, artificial intelligence. Their website contains lots of resources including on using Artificial Intelligence in creative works of art.

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Workshop and Performance at the Dana Centre in November

If a robot is programmed to draw a portrait is that art?


These are some of the questions we will be investigating in Algo-rhythms a workshop at the Science Museum’s Dana Centre on the evening of November 14th.


In it, we will be looking at whether we rate automated art differently than art that we know was produced by a human being.


Participants will choose from a range of creative tasks to come up with a drawing, a dance or a sound-scape – or a combination of these – which we will then share, asking ourselves if we can spot the difference between what was created from a set of automated rules and what was constructed freely from a human perspective.


We will talk a bit about the different automated and creative strategies we used to create our dance Meeting Place and then we will perform it.

This event is free but has to be booked in advance. Click here to book.

We hope to see you there!


Space is the Place

Image courtesy of Daniel Kordik

In June, Hamish and Martine gave a movement workshop to library staff at University College London as part of their Staff Conference day.

Participants were invited to move through the space in simple but less usual ways, and used guided improvisation games to enhance their awareness of one another.

We received very positive feedback from this session!

“Great fun. Invigorating, playful. Would do it again and recommend it to others”.

“Brilliant! I didn’t quite know what to expect but I’m glad I stayed. It was great fun, very enjoyable and I feel energised”.

Upcoming projects

We’re really excited about some performances and workshops we’ve got coming up, starting with Space is the Place, a movement workshop we’re running at University College London. In the autumn we’re doing a workshop and performance at The Science Museum’s Dana Centre  as part of their season on Artificial Intelligence, and we’re also lucky enough to be performing at Chisenhale Dance Space in a night curated by Agony Art.

More news to follow but on the subject of Artificial Intelligence take a look at this: is this really dancing?