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Ethical responsibilities in displaying provocative AI artistic experiences

Our panel of artists, curators, and researchers explores how data-driven art raises new ethical provocations for curation and exhibition.

23 July 2024
4pm - 6pm
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Ethical responsibilities in displaying provocative AI artistic experiences

23rd July 4:00 PM 6:00 PM BST

Artists and creative makers are increasingly aware of the ethical quandaries associated with devising data-driven art and creative experiences. More care is being put into the data sets and models artists use, licencing and IP issues, and environmental impacts of data-driven art. But what are the ethical responsibilities artists have for displaying, performing and exhibiting provocative experiences? Is there a unique role that AI plays in artistic experiences which are designed to provoke emotional reactions and new perspectives? What is the duty of care that artists have towards audiences, particularly vulnerable audiences, and how does the role of deception in artistic creations play into this duty? Are there parallels between ethics issues arising in the arts and other disciplines like medicine which could usefully contribute to guidance and best practice in this area? Where does responsibility lie for these concerns between the artist and institutions curating and displaying art, and how are institutions engaging with these issues? At the end of the day, it a “garbage in, garbage out” situation?

Please join our panel of artists, curators, and researchers working across multiple disciplines to kick-start a participatory discussion exploring these challenging questions.


Caitlin McDonald (panel chair): Postdoctoral Research Associate, Creative Informatics. Caitlin’s data-informed memoir artworks explore vital questions about ethical responsibilities creatives have towards themselves as well as audiences.

Theodore Koterwas: Lecturer, Design Informatics. Theodore’s corpus of artwork draws critical attention to aspects of daily experience that often go unnoticed but profoundly impact on how we understand each other, technology and the environment.

Kam Chan: co-Vice President, Visual Arts Scotland; Engagement Producer, Data + Design Lab, EFI. As an artist and an artistic producer, Kam is interested in the intersections of communication, connection and consensus, particularly expanding the narrative of how we inhabit and share spaces beyond ourselves.

Mark Daniels: Executive Director, New Media Scotland. Mark’s curatorial work fosters artist and audience engagement with all forms of new media practice, particularly in innovative and emergent creative practice as Chair of the Alt-w Fund.


4:00-4:10Arrivals & introduction by Creativity, AI and the Human Cluster Lead Caterina Moruzzi
4:50-4:55Pre-Q&A audience discussion activity in pairs/small groups
4:50-5:05Q&A with panel
5:05-6:00Mingling, discussion and food
6:00Disperse (to nearby pub if discussion is still lively!)

Sponsored by the Creativity, AI and the Human Cluster and by Creative Informatics.

Image: “Theodore Koterwas, “When Do You Give Yourself Away?” Image credit: Chris Scott, ‘There be Dragons: navigating the uncharted data territories of creative practice’ exhibition, September 2022.”

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