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This event transforms classical chamber music experience into an exploration of AI technology & business creativity across artistic mediums.

We are pleased to announce a one-day symposium centred around AI, digital innovation, and the fusion of art forms in performance practices. We will dive into a world where artistic mediums transcend boundaries, combining live music-making with dynamic elements such as animated paintings, electronic literature, moving images, and more. This synergy of inter-art expressions can be further enhanced using today’s cutting-edge AI and interactive technologies, bringing new dimensions of immersion and audience engagement. Our goal is to challenge the traditional perceptions of classical chamber music as ‘elitist’, transforming it into an inclusive experience that resonates with our rapidly evolving digital society.

The event features a diverse programme that includes a keynote speech, presentations by invited experts, an interactive workshop, and a series of chamber music performances (enhanced by AI and multimedia arts). Join us for a day of exploration, inspiration, and spirited discussion on the forefront of art and technology!

Keynote speech: 'Techno-LevAIathan and the Aesthetics of Entrepreneurial Creativity'

The keynote speech at our symposium will be presented by Daniel Hjorth from Lund University School of Economics and Management and Copenhagen Business School. Professor Hjorth’s speech will explore the convergence of arts & technology through the lenses of business aesthetics, organisational creativity, and visionary entrepreneurship – pivotal considerations in re-envisioning the future of innovative inter-art endeavours.

Expert presentations

We are excited to welcome leading experts from the intersection of AI and music studies to our symposium. They will deliver insightful presentations that explore AI's transformative role in the performing arts, pondering whether AI disrupts or augments the ‘embodied’ aspects of human creativity. Our initial speaker line up includes:

Artemi Maria Gioti, University College London and University of Music Carl Maria von Weber Dresden ('Practice-based Research in Music and AI')

Robert Laidlow, Jesus College at the University of Oxford ('Disruptor, Imitator, Listener, Improvisor: Embracing AI in the Compositional Process')

Johan Pauwels, Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary University of London ('Opportunities Unleashed by AI for Music')

Hussein Boon, Westminster School of Arts at the University of Westminster ('Solving What Problem: AI's Reconfiguring Music Production Practices')

Rujing Stacy Huang, The University of Hong Kong ('AI Music, Deskilling, and the Ethics of Minimal Effort')


Performances

The highlight of the symposium will be a series of chamber music performances, where new media arts and generative AI technologies converge. This will be brought to life by the Scotland-based chamber music trio: Alexandra Huang-Kokina on piano, Rebekah Lesan on cello, and Paul Docherty on violin. Building on the successful debut of this event in Sweden and Edinburgh in spring 2024, we are now excited to introduce this experience to audiences in London.

Tchaikovsky’s piano trio will be interwoven with AI-animated paintings, synesthetic visuals, interactive narratives, and gamification elements that place the audience at centre stage. Moving beyond traditional text-based programme notes, we offer a multimedia commentary on the music. Instead of solely focusing on the historical context of the pieces performed, we've crafted a short science-fiction narrative that reimagines classical music legacy in a millennium ahead — a speculative future where the cacophony of artificial sounds jeopardises humanity’s cosmic ambitions in interplanetary competition. This narrative isn't merely an extension or adaptation of the music; it's a ‘prompt’ to reflect on our simultaneous fear and hope for the future of classical music and human creativity.


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Organised by: Alexandra Huang-Kokina (ILCS Visiting Fellow), together with the Institute of Languages, Cultures and Societies (ILCS) at the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

The event is generously supported by the John Coffin Memorial Fund.