The future of culture: using AI to support the arts

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The future of culture: using AI to support the arts

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Be it through material pieces, design or music, art as a means of expression is essential for our well-being and societies, bridging differences and bringing us together through common emotions. By making culture accessible from anywhere and by anyone, innovation in technology continues to democratise art, reaching out beyond the traditional museum- and concertgoers to forever revolutionise artists’ approach to accessibility.

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated our transition to a society that makes better use of its digital tools. The digital transition opened up a new toolbox of media for artists to explore and experiment with. It also created a precious resource for cultural researchers and curators, increasing the knowledge value that art can bring. The European Young Leaders working Group on Arts and Culture produced last year a report that made a strong case for the cultural and creative sectors to leverage the digital transformation.

The rapidly changing situation in Ukraine further highlighted the role that digitalisation can play in the context of conflicts, protecting the arts and giving artists a safe platform to continue creating and reaching (new) audiences. This #CriticalThinking Live conversation will explore the necessary rebirth of the arts and culture sector, carried on the wings of technological innovation and AI and discuss the working group’s recommendation to offer opportunities for greater creativity and experimentation, access to and consumption of art, as well as to find ways to better protect the rights of authors and artists going online.

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Questions include:

  • To what extent will the digitalisation of art empower artists who are using traditional mediums of creation?
  • Can digital art and machine learning really replicate the traditional art going experience?
  • How will digitalisation harness the power of arts and culture to continue bringing audiences together in their enjoyment of art?
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Lauriane Bertrand

Member of the Cabinet of European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel

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Lauriane Bertrand is a Policy Officer at the European Commission, working for the Creative Europe MEDIA programme, which supports the film and audiovisual industries. She has been entrusted with the issues of sustainability and greening in the context of the MEDIA programme, in addition to her responsibilities within the programme’s business cluster. Throughout her career at the European Commission, Bertrand has also served in the Cabinet of Commissioner Gabriel and in the Directorate-General for Communication.

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Pierre Caessa

Programme Manager at Google Arts & Culture

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Pierre Caessa is a Program Manager at the Google Arts & Culture Lab, a place where tech and creative communities come together to share ideas and discover new ways to experience art and culture. Having been in his current role since the Lab opened in Paris in 2013, his projects focus on increasing accessibility to the world of arts and culture by leveraging technology to offer online art experiences and virtual tours of cultural heritage sites. Previously, Caessa has worked at the Cité de la Musique and Universal Music France’s U think! consulting agency.

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Eva Kaili

Vice-President of the European Parliament

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As Vice-President of the European Parliament, Eva Kaili is the Chair of the Working Group on ICT Innovation Strategy and responsible for European strategy and policy analysis systems, information and telecoms, the Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA), and corporate social responsibility. She is a Member of the Committees on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) and Budgets (BUDG). Kaili has worked extensively on promoting innovation as a driving force of the establishment of the European Digital Single Market. She has also been the draftsperson of multiple pieces of legislation in the fields of blockchain technology, online platforms, big data, fintech, AI and cybersecurity.

Beatrice Leanza
Beatrice Leanza

Cultural Strategist, Museum Director and 2018 European Young Leader (EYL40)

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Beatrice Leanza is a cultural strategist, curator and critic with a background in Asian studies who was based in Beijing for 17 years. She has served as executive director of the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon, creative director of Beijing Design Week, and co-founded The Global School, the first independent institute for interdisciplinary creative research established in the PRC. She is an advocate of a critical practice founded on social engagement, educational empowerment and place making applied to institutional and cultural agency. Beatrice is also a member of the international advisory board of Design Trust (Hong Kong).

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