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About AI Playground

AI Playground applies the philosophy of Anji Play to AI. In this program, hosting artist talks, hands-on workshops, and collating guides from our learnings, we explore AI tools in an unstructured manner with a focus on friendship over competition**, messiness** over perfection, process over completion, reflections over portfolio building.

AI Playground <S01> [2022]

Curated together by Nadia Piet & @computational_mama, this season included four modules that explore the use of AI to create image-based; text-based; pose-based; and sound-based art. Each module exists of 3 parts:

Artist Talk An invited guest will share a behind-the-screens look at their work/art and how AI/ML plays a role in their creative process.

Hands-on Workshop In a follow-up workshop, @computational_mama and a special guest host a beginner’s workshop on the subject area and share helpful tips, tricks, and tools to get started.

AIxD’s Guide to __ The module wraps with a written guide to share insights, reflections and resources - written together with collaborators published by the AIxD team.

This page summarizes links to all the sessions, guides, and other work that was created in Season 1 of AI Playground - generously supported by Stimuleringsfonds.

<S01.E01> AI & [Moving] Image

*AI-generated images, or generative images, are images that are made solely by or with the help of AI-powered tools like DALL-E2 or Midjourney. For more information, see the AIxD Guide to: AI-generated images.

Artist Talk // Whales for Climate Change


Whales for Climate Change – the team shining a light on the Climate Crisis using generative image-making tools – led a candid behind-the-scenes talk about their journey from concept to execution of their Whales Tales Project, including the nitty-gritty of using AI, ML and Generative Adversarial Networks for image-making.

AIxDesign on Instagram: "Nikita from the Whales for Climate team talks about how she had to step back and 'give the AI a freehand to sort of weave it's own narrative' so that the story book could fall into place and come together ☀️ 🐳 ⁠ ⁠ In this behind-the-screens talk, we invited the team to share the process behind this project, from the conceptual phase and motivation to the nitty-gritty of using AI, ML and Generative Adversarial Networks for image-making. It was a great opportunity to learn how narrative-building and visuals can help to shine the light on the ongoing environmental crisis and educate about marine life 🐋 🐙 🐠 Whales For Climate also invited us to try out the tools they used, diving together into hands-on exploration of image-making with GANs 🎨⁠ ⁠ The full recording is on our Youtube for you to watch at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLh9po9lNyA! ☀️ 🐳 ⁠ ⁠ Stay tuned for upcoming AI Playground events - led by computational mama, generously supported by Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie.⁠ ⁠ #AIxDesign #WhalesForClimate #aimeetsdesign #AIPlayground #ecologyofbeing #generativeimagemaking #storytellingwithai"

Workshop // AI-generated images with Aarati Akkapeddi


Interdisciplinary artist Aarati Akkapeddi uses AI to explore the themes of family, memory and childhood. During this workshop, Aarati took us on an immersive deep-dive into working with AI and ML in combination with our own personal images to reflect on the old and new memories that emerge.

More on AIxD socials:

AIxDesign on Instagram: "During the Good Old D(AI)s) workshop led by interdisciplinary artist Aarati Akkapeddi / @memory__work we explored how to make new visuals out of our personal image archives 👩‍👩‍👦 How fun reconnecting with our imaginary ancestors and relatives - 'Look, that's me!' - and creating images that combine familiar and new at the same time 📸 Have a look at what @sinem.gorucu made during the workshop and stay tuned for more events ⏭ The worksop is a part of AI Playground - an event series where we explore creative uses of AI & ML tools in a playful way 🪀 AI Playground is led by computational mama and generously supported by Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie #AIxDesign #GoodOldD(AI)s #aimeetsdesign #AIPlayground #visualstorytelling #generativeimagemaking #storytellingwithai"

AIxD’s Guide to: AI x [Moving] Image

Humans have always made images, driven by a need to preserve memories and tell stories. Yet, with each image-making innovation – like photography and video – we are forced us to rethink how we make and use images. The emergence of AI and ML tools invites us again to re-imagine our role as both image-makers and image-consumers. In this guide, we share our findings, resources, and community reflections from our program: AI Playground / Image.