The Artificial Creativity virtual conference aimed to stir a discussion about the cultural, societal and ethical aspects of artworks featuring A.I. or robots engaged in creative production. The conference dates were 19–20 November 2020 and it was hosted by the research lab Medea, the School of Arts and Communication, and the Data Society research programme – all at Malmö University, Sweden. The conference has received generous support from Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.

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Robots versus Machines

Keynote by Dr. habil. Andreas Broeckmann (Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany).

Fatal Error: Artificial Creative Intelligence (ACI)

Keynote by Professor Mark Amerika (University of Colorado, US).

Beyond Machine Vision: How to Build a Non-Trivial Perception Machine

Keynote by Professor Joanna Zylinska (Goldsmiths University, UK).

19 November

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Welcome note from the conference organisers and Rebecka Lettevall, Dean of the Faculty of Culture and Society.

Andreas Broeckmann keynote, "Robots versus Machines" (please see these videos before Broeckmann's keynote: David Rokeby's n-cha(n)t, 2001, and Anna Ridler's Fall of the House of Usher I, 2017)


Parallel session: Theory I
Moderator Bojana Romic

  • Layers of Imagination (Galit Wellner)
  • Computational Creativity: A Philosophical Inquiry (Nevena Ivanova)

  • Reflections on machine situationism (Anna Olszewska)

Parallel session: Creative labour, copyright, and automation
Moderator Anuradha Reddy

  • EU Copyright Law and AI (Johan Axhamn)
  • Beauty is in the Eye of the Algorithm: Artificially Intelligent Creativity and its Ethical Implications (Lindsay Balfour)

  • Assembling Creative Work Futures: Automation and Portfolio Working in the Creative Economy (Daniel Ashton)

GANs and artistic tools
Moderator Bojana Romic

  • Collaborative Artistic Production Using Generative Adversarial Networks (Peter Nelson, Daniel Shanken, Roberto Alonso Trillo, François Mouillot, Mathis Antony, Ryan Au, Maya Duan
  • AI-Urban-Sketching in the Age of COVID-19 (Immanuel Koh)
  • Sherlock Frankenstein: Transmedia Character Design with AI Breeding Tools (Christopher Maraffi)


Mark Amerika keynote, "Fatal Error: Artificial Creative Intelligence (ACI)"


Parallel session: Modalities: Games, Film, and Performance
Moderator Bo Reimer

  • Ghost in the (Hollywood) machine: emergent applications of artificial intelligence in the film industry (Pei-Sze Chow)
  • Continuous Contributions of Artificial Agents in Performance Regarding Static Artefacts (Luís Arandas, Mick Grierson & Miguel Carvalhais)

  • Agency and Automation in Digital Game Production (Aleena Chia)

Parallel session: Creative writing and postdigital art
Moderator Maria Engberg

  • Authorship of fictional texts generated by AI (Inês Rebanda Coelho)
  • Do GPT-2s Dream of Electric Poetry? (Brad Gallagher)
  • Artist presentation (Justine Emard)

20 November

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Parallel session: Theory II
Moderator Bojana Romic

  • Artificial Creativity, Anthropocentrism and Post-Creativity – The Political Stakes (Jan Løhmann Stephensen)
  • Art Washing Machine Learning (Conor McGarrigle)

  • What role can AI play in the creation and study of art? (Amanda Wasielewski)

Parallel session: Algorithmic composition, sound, and soundscapes
Moderator Bo Reimer

  • Artificial Synaesthesia: An exploration of machine learning image synthesis for soundscape audio visualisation (Stacey Willcox)
  • Designing Endemic Robots: An Experiment in Sound (David Kadish)
  • Spectral and Procedural: A Perspective on Artificial Creativity Through Computational Art (Miguel Carvalhais & Rosemary Lee)

Virtual exhibition in Hubs:

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  • Justine Emard, "Supraorganism"
  • Reza Arkan Partadiredja, Davor Ljubenkov, Carlos Alejandro Entrena Serrano, "AI or Human?"
  • Valentine Goddard, "Introducing the 'AI on a Social Mission' conference"

Joanna Zylinska keynote, "Beyond Machine Vision: How to Build a Non-Trivial Perception Machine"


Parallel session: Sound, digital assistants and visualisations
Moderator Bo Reimer

  • Ambii: An Ambient & Non-Anthropomorphic Digital Assistant (Kelly B. Wagman)

  • Downstream: New Developments in Algorithmic Composition and Music Streaming (Julian Muia)

Parallel session: Art perspectives
Moderator Jay Bolter

  • Narrow AI results in narrow creativity: Concepts of creative process in a decade’s perspective from media to art (Katalin Fehér)
  • Art can shape how AI is governed (Valentine Goddard)
  • AI and the Limits of Human Creativity (Neil Leach)

"Drinks and mingle" in the Hubs virtual rooftop terrace.

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The option to sign up as an attendee to this conference has closed.

The deadline for authors to register was 10 September 2020.


Technical guidelines for the production of the video

NB! The deadline for submitting your pre-recorded video presentatation is 1 November 2020. Please also note that only registered participants with an accepted abstract may submit a video – that is, we do not accept unsolicited proposals.

1. Recording equipment and editing

Video: You may record your presentation with a DSLR camera, a webcam, a handycam or even a smartphone. Use the highest quality video settings. You may use any screen-capturing software such as Snagit or Camtasia.

Audio: It is highly recommended that you use an external microphone to record the voice over. Ensure that you record the audio in a quiet space with no background noises.

Editing: You may use any editing software to edit your film.

2. Technical specifications for the video

Please consider the following technical specifications for your video:

  • File format: preferably .mp4 encoded with H264 or H265
  • Resolution: at least 720p
  • Framerate: 24 to 30 fps
  • The output file size should not exceed 2GB
  • The maximum duration of a video is 12 minutes

3. Visual style

  • We highly recommend that you avoid recording a video with only a "talking head".
  • When recording yourself talking to the camera, please frame above the shoulders and record with the camera aligned to the eyes. Make sure there are no windows or other bright light behind you.
  • You are encouraged to include slides, graphics, photographs, film material, etc. to support your presentation. Make sure to only use material that you have permission to use. If you are using a visual material found on the internet, please credit your sources.
  • Make sure to include the full reference of the academic material you are quoting, either in the section of the video where you are mentioning it, or at the very end of the video in a form of a reference list.

4. Subtitling

Please consider subtitling your video in English. Subtitles should be provided in a separate file (an .srt file) and should not be "burned" into the video. If you don't know how to create subtitles, ask your communications department and they should be able to help you. An easy solution to add and edit subtitles is by using YouTube's subtitling service (see this how-to guide).

5. Upload video no later than 1 November 2020

We recommend using WeTransfer for uploading your video and the subtitle file. Please test the file download before submitting the link. You submit the link by email to Bojana Romic (see below for contact details).

In you have serious problems, contact the conference organisers as early as possible. However, kindly note that we do not have the ability to assist you with the actual production of your video. It is entirely the authors’ responsibility to create, upload and submit the video as per the guidelines provided here.

Call for abstracts

Artificial Creativity virtual conference

19–20 November 2020

  • Online (hosted by Malmö University, Sweden)
  • Deadline for abstracts: 15 August 2020
  • Notification of acceptance: 1 September 2020

The Artificial Creativity conference aims to stir a discussion about the cultural, societal and ethical aspects of artworks featuring A.I. or robots engaged in creative production.

We encourage submissions regarding ongoing research about creative embodied robots (i.e. robotic systems that use physical brushes, pencils, etc. to make their artefacts), but do welcome any inquiries concerning the use of A.I. and deep learning in the production of novel artefacts. The notion of a "robotic system" above may include different types of embodied agents such as an appropriated industrial arm, swarm, drone, etc.

We also welcome submissions that critically challenge contested terms, such as "creativity", "artificial intelligence" and our playful conference title "artificial creativity".

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Creative robotics and/or A.I.
  • Ethical questions regarding authorship in computational art
  • The analysis of media discourses about creative A.I.
  • Human-robot collaboration in the process of cultural production
  • Robots and performative arts
  • Cultural imaginaries about creative artificial agents
  • Design approaches to creative robotics

The keynote speakers are: Professor Joanna Zylinska (Goldsmiths University, UK), Dr. habil. Andreas Broeckmann (Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany), and Professor Mark Amerika (University of Colorado, US).

The online conference will feature a virtual exhibition supported by Mozilla’s Hubs. Amongst other content, the exhibition will feature the latest works of the artist Justine Emard (France).

The call for abstracts invites researchers from different areas of expertise, including but not limited to: creative arts research, humanities, human-robot interaction (HRI), art history, media and communication, ethics of technology, design anthropology, social sciences, gender studies, posthumanism, voice interface design, and science and technology studies (STS).

The discussion around the Artificial Creativity theme will continue in a special issue in Transformations, an open access peer-reviewed journal, in 2021.

Please submit a 500-word abstract (excluding references) to Dr. Bojana Romic: before 15 August 2020.

Please include:

  • The name(s) of the author(s)
  • The affiliation(s) and address(es) of the author(s)
  • The e-mail address, and telephone number(s) of the corresponding author
  • Your time zone

If using any pictures in your abstract, please do not include more than three. If you are experimenting with creative A.I. or robots and want to include some recordings to our virtual exhibition, please indicate that in the abstract. This, however, will not be a criterion for acceptance.

The notification of acceptance is 1 September 2020.

The Artificial Creativity conference is free of charge for all participants. It is hosted by the research lab Medea, School of Arts and Communication, and the Data Society research programme – all at Malmö University, Sweden. The conference has received generous support from Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, Sweden.