My Artificial Muse (2017-2020)

“My Artificial Muse” (Albert Barqué-Duran, Mario Klingemann, Marc Marzenit) is an awarded performance at the intersection between art, science and technology. It was Premièred at Sónar+D (Barcelona) and now is on a World Tour, exploring how Artificial Intelligence (AI) can collaborate with humans in the creative and artistic processes.

How can contemporary research, technology and art help us to see the classical artistic heritage with new eyes? “Muses” were the inspirational goddesses of literature, science, and the arts in Greek mythology. Can a computationally-generated Muse be as inspiring as a human-like one? By destroying the classic concept of a Muse, are we creating something more powerful?

The human artist Albert Barqué-Duran performs a live-painting show using oil paintings, reproducing an artwork completely designed by an artificial neural network conceived by Mario Klingemann. Also, the artificial intelligent machine performs a mapping visual show on how it generates new paintings and showcases the computational creativity processes behind it. A generative soundtrack, produced by Marc Marzenit, is live-ensembled through a series of embodied sensors that follow the movements of the artist during the performance. This music set aims to immerse the audience in the development of the narrative. Each performance is unique. A new artificial muse computationally-created. A new classical muse live-painted. A new music set live-ensembled.

Original Idea:
Albert Barqué-Duran, Mario Klingemann, Marc Marzenit

Produced by:
Ajuntament de Mollerussa
Obra Social “laCaixa”

In collaboration with:
Albert Carrera

Teresa Roig
City, University of London

© Albert Barqué-Duran, Mario Klingemann and Marc Marzenit. 2021. All rights reserved.

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