Partnering with a Tech Pioneer

By Carla Rapoport October 14, 2019

In the beginning, there was IBM. The company developed some of the very first computers and not surprisingly, some of the very first experiments in making computer art emerged from IBM over 60 years ago. Ever since, IBM tools have inspired artists around the world and the company itself has a long history of working with artists. From working with Charles and Ray Eames on the IBM Pavilion in the 1960s, through to more recent projects such as creating the first thinking sculpture and designing the cognitive Marchesa dress.

Given this, we were delighted when IBM UK reached out with the idea of hosting some Lumen artists for a half-day of talks at their Southbank headquarters on 25th October. Among the speakers will be 2018 Gold Award winner Mario Klingemann, artists from this year’s shortlist and tech experts from IBM.

For more details, you can check it out here.

But why do staff members and executives at IBM want to engage with artists?

Tracey Gilbert, Executive Partner at IBM IX, explains: “I believe that the more we think about Artificial Intelligence and automation, the more we must consider the human experience and explore different ways to connect to that experience. Art is one of the ways in which we imagine new ways to use AI. After all, some of the reasons we create art: to understand, reason, learn and interact are the same as the core pillars of Artificial Intelligence.”

She adds that, “IBM continues to build relationships with different communities and groups to experiment and to build different solutions for the applying AI. These relationships and collaborations influence how we apply AI across industries.”

We look forward to seeing how the day develops and hope this will lead to more interactions between Lumen artists and tech experts.


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