Creative AI Sydney 2022

A two-day symposium for professionals, artists and researchers working with creative applications of AI.

August 18th-19th

As AI applications continue to proliferate in all areas of life, the creative industries are beginning to envision what an AI powered future might look like for them. Big and small companies are investing in research into new technologies that transform creative production and invent new ways to experience and interact with art, music, design, film, literature, theatre, fashion and every other sphere of cultural production. Alternate visions of creative AI are also emerging from artists and designers challenging social and cultural assumptions about the ‘human’ through gender, race, identity and taste.

This event brings together technologists, artists, arts organisations and researchers based in and around Sydney to showcase work, to take stock of what impact AI and generative technologies are having, now and in the future, to solve technological problems and to design the best world we can for arts communities.

Grand visions will be laid out, ideas and claims challenged and emerging challenges defined. The event will focus on networking towards innovative collaborations amongst those working in technology, design research, critical discussion and creative practice.

Dates and Location

UNSW School of Art & Design, Paddington Campus, Gadigal Land, and online.

  • Thursday 18th August afternoon
  • Friday 19th August

Provisional Programme

Thursday 18th August

  • 1-1.30:  Opening: Oliver Bown and Creative AI organising committee (UNSW).
  • 1.30-3.00: The evolving AI landscape: Angie Abdilla (UNSW/Old Ways New), Tea Uglow (Google Creative Lab). Chair. Toby Walsh (UNSW)
  • 3.30-5.00: Industry spotlight 1 (music): Simon Cahill (Warner), François Pachet (Spotify), Kartini Ludwig (Kopi Su) & Caroline Pegram (UNSW, Uncanny Valley). Chair. Ollie Bown (UNSW)
  • 5-6: Music in the courtyard: Ben Swift and Adrian Schmidt (ANU)

Friday 19th August

  • 9-10.30: Industry spotlight 2: Bhautik Joshi & Jess Edwards (Canva), Tomasz Bednarz & Johan Barthelemy (NVIDIA), Tamara Ogilvie (National AI Centre), Chair. Pierre Lonchampt (Diapason Consulting)
  • 11-12.30: Human-AI design: Arul Baskaran (ABC), Maria Teresa Llano Rodriguez (Monash), Emma A. Jane (UNSW) & Armin Alimardani (UoW). Chair. Rodolfo Ocampo (UNSW)
  • 2-3.30: Cultural perspectives on AI: Jay Rosenbaum (RMIT), Chris Danta (UNSW), Deborah Lupton (UNSW). Chair. Ollie Bown
  • 4-5: Open discussion. Chair. Chloe McFadden (UNSW)

Times in AEST (Sydney).


Please register via Eventbrite, here.

Organising Committee

The event is presented in partnership with, and with the kind support of UNSW’s Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture.

The Creative AI Sydney organising committee wishes to acknowledge and work in harmony with the traditional custodians of the lands on which the symposium is held, the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation, to pay respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.