AI researcher Luc Steels & Luc Tuymans © Damon De Backer/BOZAR
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A new take on Art History through the use of AI

What is the relationship between art and Artificial Intelligence (AI)? Can AI serve as a tool for contemporary artists? Does it examine a painting like the human eye does? What happens when algorithms examine paintings? What do they see or not see? These are some of the questions that Luc Steels, a specialist in artificial intelligence, and Luc Tuymans, a world-renowned Belgian painter, are trying to answer in the exhibition Secrets. Artificial Intelligence and Luc Tuymans, organised at the end of a two-year scientific residency by BOZAR LAB and Gluon. The exhibition can be visited at the Centre for Fine Arts until 2 May.

Here you can watch all the videos of the interviews with Luc Steels and Luc Tuymans, recorded in the framework of the exhibition. These interviews are available in English – with Dutch and French subtitles, in full length or in smaller thematic fragments.

Find the full interview with Luc Steels here. 

 

Interview AI researcher Luc Steels | SECRETS. Artificial Intelligence and Luc Tuymans

Find the full interview with Luc Tuymans here.

 

Interview Luc Tuymans | SECRETS. Artificial Intelligence and Luc Tuymans

Find Luc Steels' specific answers here.

What is the main goal of the project FLOW

Luc Steels: Goal of the project #1 | SECRETS. Artificial Intelligence and Luc Tuymans

How would you describe the possible relationship between art and artificial intelligence?

Luc Steels: Art and AI #2 | SECRETS. Artificial Intelligence and Luc Tuymans

How does this clash with the essence of art which is about emotions, feelings, human intuition

Luc Steels: Emotions, feelings, human intuition #3 | SECRETS. AI and Luc Tuymans

Can AI become a tool for contemporary art practice? 

Luc Steels: Tool for contemporary art #4 | SECRETS. Artificial Intelligence and Luc Tuymans

Luc Tuymans challenges AI. How did Luc Tuymans challenge the AI system? How did he react to your research?

Luc Steels: Luc Tuymans challenges AI #5 | SECRETS. Artificial Intelligence and Luc Tuymans

AI looks on paintings. Does an AI look at a painting the same way we do?

Luc Steels: AI look on paintings #6 | SECRETS. Artificial Intelligence and Luc Tuymans

Can AI make art?

Luc Steels: Can AI make art? #7 | SECRETS. Artificial Intelligence and Luc Tuymans

How do we define creativity today? Can this be translated in algorithms? 

Luc Steels: Creativity today #8 | SECRETS. Artificial Intelligence and Luc Tuymans

AI and curation. What was the result of your research on the curation of the La Pelle exhibition in Venice in 2019, when examined with an AI system?

Luc Steels: AI and curation #9 | SECRETS. Artificial Intelligence and Luc Tuymans

Two years ago, you stated: “in my opinion AI is in no position today to event approach the complexity of interpretation of art. Not yet at least. But I don’t think it will happen in my lifetime.” Has your position changed today? 

Luc Steels: Complexity of interpretation of art #10 | SECRETS. AI and Luc Tuymans

What is the link between art, AI and politics? Could you say a few words on your research on memes?

Luc Steels: Art, AI and politics #11| SECRETS. Artificial Intelligence and Luc Tuymans

In a previous interview you mentioned the research would also lead to the creation of an open source, available for the entire community of artists, curators and historians via the platform Penelope.

Luc Steels: Open source #12 | SECRETS. Artificial Intelligence and Luc Tuymans

Find Luc Tuymans' specific answers here.

How did your residency with the researcher Luc Steels start?

Residency with Luc Steels #1 | SECRETS. Artificial Intelligence and Luc Tuymans

What were your expectations on AI at the beginning of the collaboration?

BE Rechercher 1 Image d'avatar Collaboration with Luc Steels #2 | SECRETS. Artificial Intelligence and Luc Tuymans

What did the algorithms focus on, when analysing your painting?

Algorithms on painting #3 | SECRETS. Artificial Intelligence and Luc Tuymans

How do you see the development of the relationship between creativity and AI?

Relationship between creativity and AI #4 | SECRETS. Artificial Intelligence and Luc Tuymans

Why are you interested in AI? How does it resonate with your work?

Why AI? #5 | SECRETS. Artificial Intelligence and Luc Tuymans

What were the results of the research applied to your painting Secrets?

Painting Secrets #6 | SECRETS. Artificial Intelligence and Luc Tuymans

How do you imagine the future of your collaboration with Luc Steels and AI?

Future #7 | SECRETS. Artificial Intelligence and Luc Tuymans

Find the visitor’s guide here.

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