Gestalten, Kuratieren und Erzählen im Anthropozän 1

Klaus Speidel
Institute of Fine Arts and Media Art, TransArts
2023W, scientific seminar (SEW), 4.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S04750

Description

Analytical storytelling in the age of "intelligent" machines:

Borges, Barthes, Black Mirror and AI filmmaking

This year the seminar is centred around storytelling using a new technology: AI film. Whether AI film is also a new medium or just another tool for the medium film, is one of the theoretical questions we will adress.

The seminar operates with an expanded concept of the Anthropocene where the man-made age has not only climatic and geological dimensions. The seminar will bring into view different aspects each year. In continuation of last year's seminar "AI, Algorithms and Art" - the results were presented in the form of the "KI Salon" at the Angewandte Festival and found expression in the AI film "The AI Controvers" (https://curiousrefuge.com/ai-film-gallery/ai-film-the-ai-controversy) - this year's focus will be on intelligent machines and how we (can) tell stories about them. The concept of analytical storytelling has two aspects in our understanding. On the one hand, it concerns the narrated content, on the other, the form of narration.

Analytical narratives in our sense are the Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges, but also certain episodes of the English TV series Black Mirror. We draw our analytical tools from Roland Barthes and other scholars of narrative studies.

While the current storytelling boom suggests that narration is in full swing, more and more theorists speak of a crisis of narration, like Buyng-Chul Han, or question the new self-evidence with which storytelling is used in political marketing, business or medicine.

After an introduction to some basic features of the A.I. revolution, we will look at storytelling and its critique in order to answer the question which stories we want to tell and how. As the focus of the semester project, participants will realise a radical narrative in the medium of their choice.

Examination Modalities

Regular Participation

Realisation of exercises and an analytic narrative

Key Words

storytelling, narrative, artificial intelligence, counter-narratives

Dates

09 October 2023, 10:30–12:30 Seminar Room 24
16 October 2023, 10:30–12:30 Seminar Room 24
23 October 2023, 10:30–12:30 Seminar Room 24 , "potentially has to be replaced or happen on Zoom"
30 October 2023, 10:30–12:30 Seminar Room 24
06 November 2023, 10:30–12:30 Seminar Room 24
13 November 2023, 10:30–12:30 Seminar Room 24
20 November 2023, 10:30–12:30 Seminar Room 24
27 November 2023, 10:30–12:30 Seminar Room 24
04 December 2023, 10:30–12:30 Seminar Room 24
11 December 2023, 10:30–12:30 Seminar Room 24
18 December 2023, 10:30–12:30 Seminar Room 24
08 January 2024, 10:30–15:30 Seminar Room 24
15 January 2024, 10:30–15:30 Seminar Room 20
22 January 2024, 10:30–12:30 Seminar Room 24
29 January 2024, 10:30–12:30 Seminar Room 24

Course Enrolment

From 05 July 2023, 16:09 to 12 October 2023, 16:09
Via online registration

Fine Arts (2. Section): Artistic and Research Practice: Free Electives out of Artistic and Research Practice 605/201.80

TransArts - Transdisciplinary Arts (Bachelor): Theoretical foundations: Theoretical foundations 180/003.01

Co-registration: possible

Attending individual courses: possible