HBKU Event Considers Artificial Intelligence’s Impact on Commercial and Contemporary Art

HBKU Event Considers Artificial Intelligence’s Impact on Commercial and Contemporary Art

Can Artificial Intelligence (AI) really make Art? Is AI a friend or an enemy of human creativity? These were the questions underpinning a recent talk organized by the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) and the Translation and interpreting Institute (TII) at the College of Humanities and Social Science (CHSS) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU).

Is Art Created by AI Really Art? on November 11 featured an eclectic mix of speeches, panels, and question and answer sessions led by key members of the CSE and CHSS faculties. Proceedings began with a keynote speech in which CSE’s Dr. James She outlined how AI and related technologies are helping to develop original, aesthetic and meaningful content for visual artwork and cultural businesses. This provided the context for the first panel session, in which Dr. She and the TII’s Dr. Joselia Neves considered the impact that AI now has on established definitions of art and culture.

Dr. Dena Al Thani

The second panel session, led by Dr. Dena Al Thani, looked at how AI is changing audience involvement with art. The panel addressed case studies to show how AI can be utilized by people with disabilities to shape their experience and understanding of contemporary art forms. Discussions concluded with the speakers offering their perspectives on the future shape and trajectory of AI’s contribution to the development and consumption of art.

Dr. Mounir Hamdi

Speaking after the talk Dr. Mounir Hamdi, Dean, CSE, said: “This event undoubtedly resonates with our commitment to advancing knowledge and nurturing talent capable of traversing an increasingly sophisticated and fluid technological landscape. Artists, businesses, entrepreneurs and media professionals are increasingly looking at how AI can be utilized to produce visual content like advertisements, product designs, and even paintings. These technologies have the potential to make often-complex design tasks simpler without necessarily compromising aesthetics and quality.”

Dr. Joselia Neves

“Advances in AI will nevertheless redefine how wider society understands what exactly constitutes art,” added Dr. Joselia Neves, TII. “Such debates inevitably lead to further discussions concerning ownership of the end-product and ethics of trusting machines to develop artistic content. Given TII’s and CHSS’ commitment to fostering educational experiences that bridge disciplinary boundaries, it was important that we made a full and frank contribution at this event. AI provides both challenges and opportunities for the development and appreciation of art.”