Since its inception in September 2016, the DBRS Innovation Lab has had monthly researchers-in-residence events in which creative technologists collaborate with its artificial intelligence research and web development teams. These collaborations have resulted in music written with deep learning, a virtual reality visualization of a convolutional neural network, an interactive simulation of New York City, and more. Jennifer Rubinovitz and Amelia Winger-Bearskin explore these accomplishments, sharing some best practices the lab learned about art-AI collaborations, the benefits for both art and AI in doing these projects, and the future of AI in creative technology.
Jennifer Rubinovitz is a machine-learning scientist with a passion for enabling human-computer collaboration at DBRS Innovation Labs, where she works with artists on integrating artificial intelligence and machine learning into their work. Jennifer came to DBRS on the heels of earning her MS in computer science with a machine-learning concentration at Columbia University, where she researched data tools and machine-learning algorithms to help early-stage entrepreneurs. Jen holds a bachelor’s in computer science from Rutgers University and also studied at Ringling College of Art & Design.
New York-native Amelia Winger-Bearskin is an accomplished artist and creative technologist with a deep understanding of digital media, visual storytelling, and performance. Amelia is currently the director of the DBRS Innovation Lab, where beautiful things are made with big data, and an artist in residence (tech) at Pioneer Works. She also has created a research group, LoveMachine.ai, looking at human-positive AI in virtual experiences, which has a salon series. Amelia’s video artwork was included in the 2014 Storytelling: La biennale d’art contemporain autochtone, 2e édition (Art Biennale of Contemporary Native Art) at Art Mur (Montreal, Canada). She performed as part of the 2012 Gwangju Biennial and created an interactive portion of the Exchange Archive at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in 2013. She is the cofounder of the Stupid Hackathon and was an assistant professor of interactive performance art at Vanderbilt University before coming to home to NYC to study at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications program.
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