St. Pölten UAS
This workshop will propose interesting outcomes through an exploration of many leading-edge tools and processes. Providing students with accessible and powerful tools, creating projects that are both technically and conceptually interesting will be encouraged. Working to enhance creativity through digital interactive media, we will focus on taking a closer look at how artificial creativity can spark human innovation as well as on how creative algorithms will transform artistic practice. By lensing artistic practice through technology, this workshop will also take a closer look at artificial intelligence in a geopolitical context to provide a deeper understanding of emerging power structures around the world.
Dr. Clara Blume | Head of Art + Tech Lab | Open Austria
Clara Blume, Ph.D. works as a cultural diplomat and artist in Silicon Valley. She is Head of the Open Austria Art + Tech Lab exploring the interplay of human and artificial creativity.
Set out as a laboratory for open and transdisciplinary collaboration, Blume designs and implements projects that redefine what it means to be human in the age of artificial intelligence. In concert with Austria’s efforts in tech diplomacy, the Art + Tech Lab is working with policy makers from Europe and the US to advocate for a new digital humanism in tech. In 2021, Apollo – The International Art Magazine selected Blume among the 40 UNDER 40 most talented young people worldwide working in Art + Tech.
The Art + Tech Lab was launched in October 2020 to explore the interplay of human and artificial creativity. Set out as a laboratory for open and interdisciplinary collaboration, Blume curates, commissions, and promotes art projects that redefine what it means to be human in the age of artificial intelligence. In concert with Austria’s efforts in tech diplomacy, the Art + Tech Lab is working with policy makers from Europe and the US to advocate for a new digital humanism in tech.
As President and co-founder of the EU National Institutes for Culture Cluster in the Bay Area (EUNIC Silicon Valley) in 2019 and 2020, Blume co-founded and was president of SF-based art + tech + policy non-profit The Grid (Art Powers Technology), supported with funding by the European Commission and Salesforce. She most recently launched and curated the first edition of the San Francisco based art + tech festival The Grid: Exposure – Art + Tech + Policy Days in September 2020. She was a jury member at Ars Electronica (STARTS Prize 2020, Digital Humanity Award 2021), the Immersive Van Gogh AiR SF 2021, the Protest Song Contest (2015, 2016), and many more. Blume regularly publishes in academic journals as well as popular media and is a featured speaker at international conferences, including SXSW and Ars Electronica.
Prior to her new role in cultural diplomacy, she worked as professional musician and artist, touring mostly the EU and the US, appearing several times on national television and headlining international festivals. As founder and manager of the Austrian arts non-profit and immersive experience “The Singer Songwriter Circus”, Blume hosted monthly showcases over seven consecutive years, promoted over 350 songwriters from around the world, and helped jumpstart the careers of many Austrian newcomers. She was nominated for “Artist of the Year” in 2016 and “Woman of the Year” in 2015. Blume studied music composition and fine arts at Academia de Bellas Artes, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain). She holds a M.A. in comparative literature and a Ph.D. in cultural studies and history from the University of Vienna. Her book ‚History is written by the victors‘ (Original German: Die Sieger schreiben Geschichte) on historical revisionism about the Spanish Civil War is based on her dissertation and was published at Peter Lang Verlag Berlin in 2019.
Andrew Blanton is a media artist and percussionist. He received his BM in Music Performance from The University of Denver (2008) and a Masters of Fine Arts in New Media Art at the University of North Texas (2013). He is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Media Art at San Jose State University in San Jose California teaching data visualization.
His current work focuses on the emergent potential between cross-disciplinary arts and technology, building sound and visual environments through software development, and building scientifically accurate representations complex data sets as visual and sound compositions. Andrew has advanced expertise in percussion, creative software development, and developing projects in the confluence of art and science.
Michael Iber studied piano at the Royal Academy of Music in London and initially pursued a classical concert career. Since the end of the 1990s, he has been developing projects at the intersection of music, sound and media art, as well as in the field of music informatics. Since 2014 Iber has been responsible for the master class audio design at the Department of Media Technology at St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences. Besides project management of contract research projects for museum installations and music education, his main research interest lies in the design of acoustic information and data sonification. As part of his doctorate in International Logistics at Jacobs University in Bremen, Iber developed a method for the auditory analysis of production data. In addition to his teaching and research activities, Iber works as an author, director, sound designer and producer of radio features and radio plays.
Open Austria is the official Austrian representation in Silicon Valley – a joint venture between the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Austrian Trade Commission, and the Austrian Business Agency. Our mission is to connect Austria and Silicon Valley in the fields of business, technology, investment, tech diplomacy, and the arts.