Machine learning for artists

Practical informations

05 Nov

Sat., 10:00 - 6:00

Palais des congrès

Gene Kogan will run us through the theory and techniques of machine learning applied to creative practices. This workshop will introduce participants to core algorithms used for parsing, visualizing, and discovering patterns in complex data, focusing on multimedia like images, sounds, and text. The goal is to learn how to model complex and nonlinear forms of interaction across multiple modalities in interactive systems, enabling rich new forms of real-time instruments for generative art or musical performance. A broad range of applications of interest to graphic artists, game designers, filmmakers, and sound designers will also be surveyed. Participants don't need advanced knowledge in machine learning but should have at least basic experience with programming in a text language like Python, Java, C++, or in a patch-based one like Max/MSP. Participants should bring their own computers on which the pre­requisite software should be installed, which Gene Kogan will specify in more detail shortly before the workshop. Folders of images, sounds, or text samples that they wish to work with, as well as networked devices (like Kinects, webcams, joysticks, microphones, Leap Motions, etc) are also options. Last but not least, it would definitely be helpful to watch an introductory video from ml4a.github.io/classes/ in order to make the most of this workshop.


The workshop

Gene Kogan

Gene Kogan is a New York-based artist and programmer whose interest gravitates towards generative systems, emerging technology, and artificial intelligence. He writes code for live music, performances, and visual art. He is a contributor to numerous open ­source software projects, he leads workshops and demonstrations on topics related to code and art, and he is currently developing ml4a.github.io, a free online book about machine learning for artists, activists 
and citizen scientists. Gene Kogan's main inspiration comes from the open source community, who works collectively towards a better understanding of humanity through art, science, and philosophy. KIKK Festival will see Gene Kogan get more people aware about artificial intelligence and machine learning and how they can get started with it themselves.