The central segment of the Belgrade Garden is the premiere of the winning artwork from the national art+science selection for 2020. Digital Prayer by Kristina Tica uses ML techniques for establishing a connection between the canonical structure of an Orthodox icon and the image artificially generated by a computer program. The Garden will also host a musical performance I Sit and Worry About Her by Jasna Jovicevic (winner of the national selection in 2019), based on sonification of brain waves. Both works came out as results of interdisciplinary dialogues and an intensive scientific mentorship/residency program facilitated by CPN at principal national research centers. Another highlight is a walk through Belgrade with the authors of the pervasive game AI/VI, problematizing different aspects of AI. A guided tour through the exhibition in Belgrade will allow full exploration of all presented artworks.
CPN was founded to initiate, foster and support art & science collaborations in 2014 after its participation in the European Digital Art and Science Network (Creative Europe project). As an initial member of the Network, which involved three major European scientific institutions as external partners, CPN contributed to shaping first sustainable, live network that could bring creative minds together from seemingly opposed disciplines – arts and sciences.
Back in 2014 and 2015, founding art & science activities took place in Serbia, which were followed by the establishment of annual series art+science in 2016. Since then, each annual edition encompasses a diverse program including exhibitions, educational workshops and master classes, talks and panel discussions, symposia and international conferences.
Running in parallel to this year’s Ars Electronica Festival, the fifth edition is trying to tackle, analyze and discuss a unique moment of our existence, in which one of the tiniest (living?) creatures succeeds in conquering the planet! By means of limitless artistic creativity and advanced technologies embodied through AI systems, art+science lab is more a sequence in time than a well-defined event. Its content is therefore presented in numerous ways and – to be on the safe side – virtually. This, however, leads to an existential question – how to treat digital content that took on a physical existence, only to be re-transferred to a virtual realm? In a loop that may announce new modes of (co)existence, we shall consult one classic idea – replicant or not?
Dobrivoje Lale Eric (RS), Petar Lausevic (RS), Bojan Kenig (RS), Maja Ciric (RS)
This program enables visitors to the Garden to see highlights of the art+science lab exhibition in Belgrade through a guided tour led by the curatorial team and artists. Visitors can gain special insight into the works of art on display, all by local artists and transdisciplinary teams. The aim of the exhibition is to map key themes and concepts through which we can start to critically approach AI.
Aleksandar Bulajić (RS), Ana Popović (RS), Isidora Pejović Blagojević (RS), Maja Maksimović (RS) and Sunčica Pasuljević Kandić (RS)
Walk through Belgrade with the authors of the pervasive game problematizing different aspects of AI. AI / VI is a pervasive game using a smartphone. A specially designed application with an AI function that acts as a guide through the game, occasionally uniting the player and AI into a symbiotic metaorganism. The game has no pre-set routes or endings; the path that opens is gradually shaped by the players. The mapped points of the game open spaces between different institutions in Belgrade and problematize the role of AI in private and public life. The goal of the game is to put the players in a position to re-examine the current human and algorithmic ways of decision-making and their consequences in the near future.
Jasna Jovicevic (RS)
I sit and worry about her is a musical improvisation experiment exploring the endless worry of mothers for their daughters through the mapping and sonification of brain waves.
Kristina Tica (RS)
The winner of the Serbian national art+science AI Lab selection for 2020, Kristina Tica, talks about her project Digital Prayer. The project is using a computer vision method for image generation to create a visual output that represents Orthodox icons.
Using Mozilla Hubs, the content of the exhibition in Belgrade will be transformed into a virtual art+science exhibition which anyone can visit and explore.
Center for the Promotion of Science – CPN (RS)
The central segment of the Belgrade Garden is the premiere of the winning artwork from the national art+science selection for 2020. Digital Prayer by Kristina Tica uses ML techniques for establishing a connection between the canonical structure of an Orthodox icon and the image artificially generated by a computer program. The Garden will also host a musical performance I Sit and Worry About Her by Jasna Jovicevic (winner of the national selection in 2019), based on sonification of brain waves. Both works came out as results of interdisciplinary dialogues and an intensive scientific mentorship/residency program facilitated by CPN at principal national research centers.
Project Credits / Acknowledgements
Project manager and chief curator: Dobrivoje Lale Eric
Project and a+s teams coordinator: Petar Lausevic
Art director & designer: Slobodan Coba Jovanovic
Program and a+s teams coordinator: Bojan Kenig
Guest curator: Maja Ciric
IT & technical support: Vladimir Cicvara, Petar Panjkovic, Ivan Avdic, Mirjana Utvic
PR & communication: Ljiljana Ilic, Sanja Ljumovic, Iva Cetkovic
Proofreading and logistics: Ivana Smolovic
Finances and administration: Jelena Medenica
Legal affairs: Slobodan Jevtic
Thanks to: Cultural Centre Magacin Belgrade, ESOF2020 Trieste, Milos Milovanovic, Milica Jankovic, Mathematical Institute of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Austrian Cultural Forum Belgrade, French Institute Belgrade
Production: Center for the Promotion of Science
co-funded by the European ARTificial Intelligence Lab – AI Lab project
(Creative Europe Program of the European Union)