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New York Live Arts 2019 Live Ideas Festival Line-Up Announced
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 12:43 pm EST 03/07/19

NEW YORK LIVE ARTS PRESENTS 7TH ANNUAL LIVE IDEAS HUMANITIES FESTIVAL OF ART AND IDEAS EXPLORING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Live Ideas 2019 - AI: Are You Brave Enough for the Brave New World?

Five days of public discourse, performances, an exhibition, classes for kids and adults, and festival highlights including:

NYC Premiere of Japanese performance discrete figures 2019 by Rhizomatiks Research x ELEVENPLAY x Kyle McDonald

Symposium featuring collaboration between Bill T. Jones and Google Creative Lab

Live Arts' first-ever HACK-ART-THON pairing artists with technologists for opportunity to win $5000

MAY 8-12, 2019

New York, NY (March 7, 2019) - An annual interdisciplinary humanities festival, Live Ideas is a high point of the New York Live Arts season. This year's festival, Live Ideas 2019 - AI: Are You Brave Enough for The Brave New World?, presented May 8-12, at New York Live Arts, will offer five days of activity designed to imagine the future and understand the current conversation surrounding artificial intelligence. Through public forums, performances, exhibitions, workshops for children and adults, a symposium on AI and art, and a HACK-ART-THON, the festival focuses on artificial intelligence for the general public from the perspective of its societal, cultural and artistic implications. Live Ideas 2019 moves past AI anxiety, so the technophile, the technophobe and the tech-curious can participate in the AI driven future in an informed, human-centered and meaningful way.

"This year's festival, 'Live Ideas 2019: AI, Are You Brave Enough for The Brave New World?' will interrogate the dramatic changes AI is bringing to our world and examine what it means to be human as we look toward the future," states Bill T. Jones, Live Arts' Artistic Director.

The festival kicks off May 8 at 6pm with the keynote performance What is AI?. The lecture in the form of a performance is delivered by a cast of scientists, technologists, artists and performers. It will give the audience an overview of AI's past, look at the current state of the technology and its implementations, decode technical terms along the way, examine ethical concerns and the impact on society, and imagine what the future may hold. The same night at 8pm, Live Arts Lobby will hold the Gallery Opening Reception of the interactive installation from Christa Sommerer & Laurent Mignonneau and performative See Soundby Rama Allen and creative team at The Mill.

Performances include headliner discrete figures 2019 from Japanese Rhizomatiks Research x ELEVENPLAY x Kyle McDonald, nightly May 8-11. Five female dancers execute choreography with machine learning technology on a stage designed for interactivity between performers, drones, and Artificial Intelligence; In Rational Numbers: Music and AI on May 9 at 9pm, co-presented with Music Community Lab, renowned New York based composer/performer/improvisor/producer Yuka C. Honda will experiment with AI technology as a creative tool. Algorave by LiveCode.NYC on May 10 at 9pm features five sets of performers that create both music and visuals by programming computers live in front of an audience, some of whom experiment with machine learning and other AI technology. See Sound Pop-Up Performances feature a nightly vocalist at 8pm in a free 10 minute lobby set that uses the human voice to create a unique 3D sound sculpture.

The first of two discussions of the festival include the Future of Work panel on May 9 at 6pm that looks at the effects of AI and automation, the changing nature of work, and the strategies against widening inequality; featuring panelists Arun Sunderarajan (Professor and the Robert L. and Dale Atkins Rosen Faculty Fellow at New York University's (NYU) Stern School of Business and author of The Sharing economy), and Matthew Putman (scientist, musician, CEO of Nanotronics). This discussion will be moderated by Rachel Korberg (Program Officer at Ford Foundation Future of Work Initiative).

The second panel discussion on May 10 at 6pm Does Truth Need Defending? delves into the world of deepfake videos and synthetics images, their very serious implications, and the tools to spot the real from the fake. Panelists include Sam Gregory (program director of WITNESS), and Hilke Schellmann (Emmy-award winning investigative reporter and assistant professor of journalism at NYU), Jeff M. Smith (Associate Director, National Center for Media Forensics at UC Denver). The discussion will be moderated by Malika Saada Saar (human rights activist and Senior Counsel on Civil and Human Rights at Google).

A Symposium on AI X ART will be held Saturday May 11, 4:30 - 7:30pm, explores how artists, performers, technologists, and curators use AI to create, communicate, interrogate and disseminate art. The symposium includes presentations on AI in art making, accessibility systems for performances, audience engagement, and the Creating in the Age of AI panel on the shifting value of authorship, process and meaning in the age of AI. The symposium will include a special presentation of AI and the Moving Body, a collaboration between Bill T. Jones, New York Live Arts and Google Creative Lab. This event is made possible in partnership with the Carnegie Mellon University's Master of Arts Management Program and the Arts Management & Technology Laboratory, Machine Learning Department at the School of Computer Science, and the Miller ICA.

The ACT Labs NYC/Live Ideas 2019 two-day HACK-ART-THON and fellowship pairs up to 10 teams, one artist and one AI technologist, that are carefully selected and matched by application only. The fellows will work on prototypes of art x technology projects that raise awareness or contribute to a concrete solution for Breaking the Stigma around Mental Illness. The projects, ranging from performances and interactive art pieces to apps, must use some form of AI technology. Mentors from the fields of technology, art/activism, mental health, PR and presentation will advise the Fellows throughout the process. The prototypes will be presented in front of a jury and audience on May 12 at 6pm. The winning team will receive $5000 in grant funding to continue developing the project. Other prizes include year-long mentorship and support, artist residencies, opportunities to present their work and more. Applications open March 13 and will be available here.

On Saturday, May 11 there will be two Robotics workshops one for Juniors, ages 5 through 7, and a second for Apprentices ages 8 and up. Students will be introduced to robot building and software programming.

For Adults, Maya Man, technologist and Fiver at Google Creative Lab, will lead Machine Learning for Artists on May 12, to demystify machine learning and explore how tools have been and can be used artistically. No prerequisites or prior knowledge is required, open to artists by any definition. Lance Strate, professor of Media Studies and Communications, will lead a class about getting reacquainted with the preeminent media theorist and cultural critic Neil Postman's method of questioning technology.

The 2019 Live Ideas Festival is generously supported by Google, with additional support from the Ace Hotel Humanities New York, Samuel M. Levy Family Foundation, and numerous departments at Carnegie Mellon University.


LIVE IDEAS 2019 | AI: ARE YOU BRAVE ENOUGH FOR THE BRAVE NEW WORLD?
May 8-12, 2019
FULL SCHEDULE

What is AI?
Keynote / Performance, Live Arts Theater
Wednesday, May 8, 6pm
Tickets: $15
A lecture in the form of a performance AND a performance in the form of a lecture, delivered by a cast of scientists, technologists, artists and performers aiming to give the audience an overview of AI's past, look at the current state of the technology and its implementations, decode technical terms along the way, examine ethical concerns and the impact on society, and imagine what the future may hold.

Live Gallery
Live Arts Lobby
Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 8, 8pm
Installations on view through June 9
Free
- Portrait on the Fly (2015): An Interactive Installation by Christa Sommerer & Laurent Mignonneau
The interactive installation consists of a monitor that shows a swarm of thousands of flies. When a person positions oneself in front of the monitor, the insects build up the contour of the person's figure. They begin to arrange and rearrange themselves continuously, creating a recognizable likeness to the individual. Portrait on the Fly is a commentary on our love for making pictures of ourselves (Selfie-Culture) and has to do with change, transience and impermanence.

- See Sound (2017), Rama Allen and creative team at The Mill
See Sound is a generative artwork experience that creates sound sculptures based on the human voice. Each user has access to a microphone and hardware interface. They trigger different visual behaviors within the music visualizer based on experimentation, which results in each user leaving with their own bespoke sound sculpture. The resulting media can be sent to each user immediately afterwards.

See Sound Pop-Up performance
Live Arts Lobby
Wednesday-Saturday May 8-11, 8pm
Free
Each evening a different singer/vocalist will perform a 10min set animating See Sound to create unique 3D sound sculptures. Guest artists to be announced.

discrete figures 2019
Live Arts Theater
Wednesday-Saturday, May 8-11, 8:30pm

*Stay Late conversation with artists May 10
Tickets start at $35
Five female dancers execute choreography with machine learning technology on a stage designed for interactivity between performers, drones, and Artificial Intelligence, in the quest for a new palette of movement to foster undiscovered modes of expressive dance that transcend the limits of conventional human subjectivity and emotional expression.

Inspired by mathematician Alan Turing, this expansive multidisciplinary collaboration probes the circuitry connecting the corporeal to the cognitive, questioning the very essence of humanity and machine.

Featuring stage direction and choreography by MIKIKO, artistic direction and music by Daito Manabe, technical direction and hardware engineering by Motoi Ishibashi, and machine learning direction by Kyle McDonald. The ELEVENPLAY cast features KOHMEN, SAYA, KAORI, MARU, EMMY.

Future of Work
Panel, Live Arts Studio
Thursday, May 9, 6pm
Tickets: $10; $30 for panels and symposium
This discussion will look at the future of work in the age of AI, examine strategies and solutions for a shared future, including education, workforce reorganizing and reskilling, universal basic income, and the radical restructuring of socio-economic systems that may be needed to reverse the widening inequality. Panelists will include Arun Sunderarajan (Professor and the Robert L. and Dale Atkins Rosen Faculty Fellow at New York University's (NYU) Stern School of Business and author of The Sharing economy), and Matthew Putman (scientist, musician, CEO of Nanotronics). This discussion will be moderated by Rachel Korberg (Program Officer at Ford Foundation Future of Work Initiative).

Rational Numbers: Music and AI featuring Yuka C. Honda
Presented by Community Music Lab, Live Visual Art for Music
Performance, Live Arts Studio
Thursday May 9, 9pm
Tickets: Start at $10
Music performances incorporating AI as a tool to enhance the creative process. When an artist leads, how does technology follow?

Co-presented with Music Community Lab, a volunteer-run not-for-profit based in New York City. Over the past six years they have organized over 60 events supporting music research, experimentation, education and creation by bringing communities together to foster collaboration, productivity and the exchange of ideas.

Does Truth Need Defending?
Panel, Live Arts Studio
Friday May 10, 6pm
Tickets: $10; $30 for panels and symposium
Is Reality still Real? A discussion on the fragility of truth and reality in the age of deepfake videos and synthetic images, examining the tension between democratic scientific openness and the need to defend against adversarial use of technology. This panel will delve into the societal and cultural impact in a world where we cannot trust what we see. Panelists include Sam Gregory (program director of WITNESS), and Hilke Schellmann (Emmy-award winning investigative reporter and assistant professor of journalism at NYU), Jeff M. Smith (Associate Director, National Center for Media Forensics at UC Denver). The discussion will be moderated by Malika Saada Saar (human rights activist and Senior Counsel on Civil and Human Rights at Google).

Algorave by LiveCode.NYC
Experiments with AI, machine learning and other algorithmic techniques
Performance, Live Arts Studio
Friday May 10, 9:00pm - Midnight
Tickets: Start at $10
LiveCode.NYC is an artist collaborative that performs both art and music by programming computers live in front of an audience. Unlike typical electronic music that is seen today in dance clubs, a performance involving livecoding requires that the code for both the music and visualizations be projected for all the audience to see as it is created. Livecode performances are called Algoraves, and the instrument of choice are the computer languages that each performer has either mastered or created to provide the best expression of their artistic ideas. Musical performances vary from ambient pieces, to melodies with danceable beats, to experimental sounds and polyrhythms. Music is accompanied by visualizations as well, sometimes programmed by the musician, sometimes programmed by a separate visual artist. LiveCode.NYC has been on the cutting edge of the global Algorave movement and is an inclusive organization open to anyone interested in learning and participating in the art form. http://www.livecode.nyc

ACT Labs NYC / Live Ideas 2019 HACK-ART-THON
Theme: Breaking the Stigma around Mental Illness
Saturday May 11, 10am, through Sunday May 12, 5:00pm (Fellows only)
Entry by Application only
The ACT Labs NYC/Live Ideas 2019 two-day HACK-ART-THON pairs up to 10 teams, one artist and one AI technologist, that are carefully selected and matched by application only. The fellows will work on prototypes of art x technology projects that raise awareness or contribute to a concrete solution for Breaking the Stigma around Mental Illness. The projects, from performances, and interactive art pieces, to apps, must use some form of AI technology. Mentors from the fields of technology, art/activism, mental health, PR and presentation will advise the Fellows throughout the process. Applications open on Wednesday March 13 and close on Sunday March 31 at midnight.

Robotics for Juniors (Ages 5-7)
Live Arts Conference Room
Saturday May 11, 11am - 12:30pm
Tickets: $30; sibling discount $20 (two or more children)
In this Robotics workshop with Engineering For Kids of Brooklyn, students will be introduced to both robot building and programming.

Robotics for Apprentices (Ages 8+)
Live Arts Conference Room
Saturday May 11, 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Tickets: $30; sibling discount $20 (two or more children)
In this Robotics workshop with Engineering For Kids of Brooklyn, students will be introduced to both robot building and programming.

Symposium: AI x Art
Live Arts Theater
Saturday May 11, 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Tickets: Start at $15; $30 for panels and symposium
Art and Technology have always been bedfellows. How are artists, technologists, administrators, and curators using AI to create, communicate, and disseminate art? How is AI changing the dialogue around creativity, equity, inclusivity and how art is consumed? The AI x Art Symposium will shed light on these questions and feature:

AI and the Moving Body
A collaboration between Bill T Jones, New York Live Arts and Google Creative Lab exploring AI and Movement.
GANymedes: Art with AI with Eunsu Kang - media artist, faculty at Machine Learning Department at the School of Computer Science at CMU
Yes, AI CAN help you develop a new relationships with your Audience with Dr. Brett Crawford - Executive Director of Arts Management and Technology Lab at CMU
AI in Performance: Making discrete figures 2019 with Kyle McDonald - media artist and co-creator of discrete figures
Livecoding traversals through sonic spaces with Jason Levine - audiovisual artist and performer
Emerging Storytelling with Artificial Intelligence with Rachel Ginsberg - multidisciplinary strategist, member of Columbia University School of the Arts' Digital Storytelling Lab
Paradox: The Body in the Age of AI with Elizabeth Chodos - Director of the Miller ICA, CMU
Creating in the Age of AI (panel discussion) A discussion on AI and creativity. The earlier presenters will delve into the shifting value of process and authorship, the generation of meaning, and the role of the artist in interpreting the world around us. Moderated by Bill T. Jones
This event is made possible in partnership with the Carnegie Mellon University's Master of Arts Management Program and the Arts Management & Technology Laboratory, Machine Learning Department at the School of Computer Science, and the Miller ICA.
Machine Learning for Artists
Workshop, Live Arts Conference Room
Sunday May 12, 11am - 1:00pm
Tickets: $20; $25
This workshop demystifies machine learning and explores how machine learning tools have and can be used for artistic expression. Participants will learn about the concept of machine learning, its history and critical issues, examples of art projects that use ML, and explore resources that allow them to start experimenting with ML on their own. This is open to artists by any definition. No pre-requisites or prior knowledge is required. This workshop is heavily inspired by Gene Kogan's work on Machine Learning for Artists (ml4a). This class is led by Maya Man, technologist and Fiver at Google Creative Lab.

How to Question Technology, Or, What Would Neil Postman Say?
Class, Live Arts Conference Room
Sunday May 12 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Tickets: $15
When new technologies are introduced to the public, much is said about the benefits they will bestow upon us, and the brave new world that will result. Very little is mentioned about what they might take from us, the harm they may cause to us, and whether we really need them in the first place. And we can find no better guide to asking good questions than Neil Postman (1931-2003), the preeminent American critic of media and culture over the past half-century, and the author of twenty-five books, including Amusing Ourselves to Death (1985) and Technopoly (1992). Led by Lance Strate, the class will approach questions like:

What is the problem to which the technology claims to be the solution?
Whose problem is it?
What new problems will be created from solving an old one?
Lance Strate, Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University, and author of Amazing Ourselves to Death: Neil Postman's Brave New World Revisited (2013) and Media Ecology: An Approach to Understanding the Human Condition (2017), will lead a class for those interested in learning about or getting reacquainted with Neil Postman's method of questioning technology.

ACT Labs NYC / Live Ideas 2019 HACK-ART-THON
Prototype Presentation/Jury Deliberation/Award Ceremony
Presentation, Live Arts Theater
Sunday, May 12, 6:30pm
Free with RSVP
Winners of the ACT Labs NYC/Live Ideas 2019 two-day HACK-ART-THON, artist and tech teams raising awareness or contributing to a concrete solution for Breaking The Stigma around Mental Illness, are announced!

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NEW YORK LIVE ARTS
Located in the heart of Chelsea in New York City, New York Live Arts produces and presents dance, music and theater performances in its 20,000 square-foot home, including a 184-seat theater and two 1,200 square-foot studios. New York Live Arts offers an extensive range of participatory programs for adults and young people; it supports the continuing professional development of performing artists. New York Live Arts serves as home base for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company; it is the company's sole producer, providing support and the environment to originate innovative and challenging new work for the Company and New York's creative community.

FUNDING
Support is provided by Con Edison, Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Harkness Foundation for Dance, Alice Lawrence Foundation, Samuel M. Levy Family Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Metropolitan Capital Bancorp, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, National Performance Network, New England Foundation for the Arts, New York Community Trust, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Jerome Robbins Foundation, The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Scherman Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and Theatre Development Fund.

New York Live Arts is supported by public funds from Humanities New York, National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council with special thanks to Council Member Corey Johnson, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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219 West 19th Street, NYC (between Seventh and Eighth Avenue)
Tickets start at $10
Purchase tickets at 212 924 0077
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