AI Performance Playground Hacklab hosted by Peter Kirn & Cibelle Cavalli Bastos

Tuesday 23rd April, 2024 - Bruce Sterling

Learn how to jam with the machine – Open Call deadline for participation midnight 28th April
AI & Music powered by S+T+ARTS
Apply to participate in the hacklab here. Deadline 28th April.
How could machine learning make human interfaces more fluid? Instead of automating human creativity, how could AI-powered media make it easier to play the machine as an instrument – to dance with the machine? How can we get our bodies back in AI?

This year, Sónar+D is offering you the chance to participate in an AI Performance Playground Hacklab, exploring how AI and technology can enhance artistic creativity. Led by renowned technologist, artist and writer Peter Kirn and multidisciplinary artistry and musician Cibelle Cavalli Bastos, it offers you an opportunity to work side-by-side with artists from various disciplines, using machine learning as a tool for creative discovery.

This ‘Performance Playground’ will be a space for artists from a range of disciplines – code, electronic music production, instrumental performance and singing, dance, puppetry, or whatever else you feel like bringing. Over two days of workshops at Sónar+D on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th June, the selected participants will explore the creation and customisation of local data sets, while also building collaborative performance tools. On Saturday 15th June, the Hacklab will conclude with a final collaborative performance onstage at Sónar+D.

The Open Call for participation is now open, with applications accepted from anyone with an interest in the intersection between art, music, performance and technology. You don’t need to have past experience – but you do need to be open-minded, willing to learn and to collaborate!

Deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 28th April, with 12 participants selected personally by Peter and Cibelle.

What we provide:
SonarPass+D VIP for Sónar 2024 (13th, 14th & 15th June in Barcelona), including VIP access to all Sónar+D activities, Sónar by Day and Sónar by Night, access to VIP areas at Sónar by Day and Sónar by Night, Sónar 2024 official bag designed by Lacoste…
Food and drinks across all three days.
Inclusion in the ensemble performance presentation on the Sónar+D programme on Saturday 15th June, with video documentation.

What we don’t provide:
We are unable to provide transportation or accommodation.

What to bring and what to expect:
Bring a laptop and any other devices you want to use – musical instruments, cameras, other toys and tools etc.
Bear in mind that this is a collaborative hacklab, and not a place where you’ll be able to work on your own ideas. Come prepared to explore and develop ideas as part of a collaborative group. Full participation in the entire session is required, but we will have time to experience some of the Sónar 2024 and Sónar+D programme, to soak up inspiration.