This program will dive into the impact of machine learning and cryptocurrencies on the creation, exchange, and collection of art:
With machine learning, we are able to train algorithmic models to perform a variety of tasks ranging from driving vehicles to generating original written and visual content. These new technological capabilities have allowed artists to branch out into new directions and leverage new tools in their creative process.
In parallel, the world of art is being transformed by other technological trends reshaping concepts of medium, ownership, and distribution of artwork. In particular, the emergence of blockchain technology and its application to mint unique, transferable instances of digital records (nonfungible tokens or NFTs) has allowed artists to share their work in entirely new forums and with global audiences.
As with all technological disruption, many questions have followed related to how machine learning and NFTs are transforming the world of art. How do we attribute authorship, when artworks are created with AI under the guidance of artists, using technologies trained on content originated by other creators? Who is benefiting from these changes and is there any harm?
Please join us in this program as we dive into the impact of machine learning and cryptocurrencies on the creation, exchange, and collection of art.
This program will be moderated by Dr. Marco Pinter, Executive Director of the Museum of Sensory & Movement Experiences.
CHRIS PETERS, Artist, American Tonalism / TensorDream AI
Chris Peters is a Los Angeles based painter and experimental filmmaker. In 2019 he created the TensorDream project where he wrote a custom DCGAN A.I. to create new original landscape concepts, that he subsequently painted in oils. In 2020 he extended the code and concept to experimental films, winning the “Peter Wilde Award for Most Technically Innovative Film” at the Ann Arbor Film Festival for his short Vertigo AI. In 2021 he created and sold out his first NFT edition.
His formal education began in Seattle where he received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Washington. Later he trained for three years at the Gage Academy of Art, learning the drawing and painting methods of the 19th-century academic tradition.
His work has been exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as part of the private collection of Academy Award winning director Guillermo del Toro. In 2018 he completed a solo show of his paintings at Sullivan Goss Gallery in Santa Barbara.
His films have screened at numerous Academy Award qualifying festivals, including Slamdance in 2021.
MATTHEW STOTTS, Contributor, Holaplex
Matthew helped launch Holaplex and supports its community of creators and collectors. He is an active contributor and investor in the Solana ecosystem, and a collector of non-fungible digital art and IRL art as well.
Matthew Stotts is also a professor of technology management at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Before joining the crypto community, he was a marketing advisor to over 36 Silicon Valley investment funds and a former management consultant in the U.S. equities markets, advising NYSE and OTC Markets, among many.
JENNIFER CHANG, Chief Executive Officer, Playform
Jennifer H Chang is the Chief Executive Officer at Playform, a technology company committed to using AI to empower artists. Playform is a collaborative no-code AI that makes the power and efficiency of AI accessible for all creative people. The company also invests in digital artists through its studio program, which provides artist development services, community support, and exhibition opportunities.
Armed with two business degrees and a master of arts in creative industries, Jennifer has dedicated her career towards developing new ventures and projects that provide opportunities for creative people. As a Digital Media Producer at Disney-ABC, she produced ABC Family’s first scripted webisode series following the WGA strike, a project that provided a handful of new screenwriters with their first union credit. She was the co-founder of Digital Media Management, one of the first agencies to help celebrities leverage their reach on social media and unlock new digital revenue streams. Jennifer also was the start-to-exit Chief Operating Officer at FanBread, a digital content marketplace that created new sources of revenue for social media influencers, digital communities, and freelance writers. Jennifer believes that technology has the power to amplify creativity and enable more people to make a living doing what they love.
Jennifer brings to Playform a broad scope of experiences from startups to enterprises, across sectors, and across countries and cultures. Jennifer has worked with dozens of early-stage companies as co-founder, executive, advisor, and consultant, and she also gained valuable training and mentoring through her roles at leading enterprises, KPMG, Disney, and Apple. Within the technology sector, she has worked with a diverse range of industries, including media, healthcare, logistics, e-commerce, and photonics. Jennifer has invested time in learning about other startup ecosystems and has worked with startups in South Korea, Singapore, and India.
Jennifer received an MBA and certificate in Technology Commercialization at USC Marshall School of Business, an MA in Cultural and Creative Industries at King’s College London, and a BS in Business Administration at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.
MARCO PINTER, PHD, Executive Director, Museum of Sensory & Movement Experiences
Marco Pinter creates artwork and performances which fuse physical kinetic form with live visualizations. He has a PhD in Media Arts and Technology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an undergraduate degree from Cornell University. Pinter is also the Director of Software Innovation at Teladoc Health and seeks intersections between medical technology and media arts, such as in his work in thermal imagery. His artistic research has been supported by grants from the David Bermant Foundation, the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, the Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative, and the UC Institute for Research in the Arts. He has exhibited artwork and performances in cities around the world, including Dubai, New York, Montreal, Tehran, Hong Kong, Anaheim, San Diego, and Santa Barbara. He is also the founder and Executive Director of the Museum of Sensory & Movement Experiences, a Santa Barbara-based museum dedicated to interactive and media artworks.
Pinter is a contributing author to The McGraw Hill Multimedia Handbook and The Ultimate Multimedia Handbook. He is an inventor on over 70 patents, issued and pending, in the areas of live video technology, robotics, interactivity, and telepresence.
When: Wednesday, February 16, 2022, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (PST)
- 6:00 – 7:30 Presentation/Discussion
- 7:30 – 8:00 Q&A