[June 1] AI Workshop For Artists

Artificial Intelligence has disrupted the creative world and artists need to understand how it works and its risks and benefits. In this easily accessible introductory workshop we take the hype out of the process discussing growing trends and artistic practice, culminating in a hands-on group project.

This special workshop is directed by Resident Ellen Pearlman with assistance by Yuting Tao.  It is a continuation of the Harvestworks program The Guide to Useful Technology  that was a series of workshops, symposia, consultations, tutorials and problem – solving forums started in 2008.  

Date / Time: Saturday June 1, 2024 from 11 am to 4 pm.

LOCATION: NYU Tandon School of Engineering @ The Brooklyn Navy Yard. – Building 22, 3rd floor –  Detailed instructions on how to get to Building 22 will be sent well in advance of the workshop 


 In the first part of the session, Ellen Pearlman, artist in residence, Director and co-founder of both ThoughtWorks Arts and Art-A-Hack (TM), and a Visiting Research Scholar at NYU Tandon School of Engineering, assisted by Yuting Tao, media artist, learning technology researcher and educator will give an overview of their work followed by a discussion of issues around AI, IP, legal, regulatory, imagebanks and pressing issues in AI artists need to know about. 

In the second part of the workshop, participants will gather in groups to create a 10 – 30 second music video around themes or concepts suggested by the directors or the group.   The directors guide the participants in the set up of free programs to use, and be available for troubleshooting, identifying project resources, skill needs and execution. This is a fun, stress free event where the process is as important as the product.

Left to Right: Ellen Pearlman and Yuting Tao


Ellen Pearlman is a new media artist, curator, critic and educator. In 2023 she was a Fulbright Research Scholar at The University of Warsaw Department of Mathematics and Informatics where she ran a colab “AI Art In A Time of War” premiering  “Language Is Leaving Me- An AI Cinematic Opera Of The Skin” focusing on AI and epigenetics or inherited memories of cultures of diaspora at the Copernicus Science Center in Warsaw. A former Research Fellow at MIT, she received her PhD at The School of Creative Media, Hong Kong City University where in 2016 she premiered “Noor: A Brainwave Opera” in a 360 degree theater. In 2020, as part of her Vertigo STARTS Laureate award she presented “AIBO” an emotionally intelligent artificial intelligent AI brainwave opera at the Estonian Academy of Music in Tallinn in collaboration with the Estonian Academy of Art and the Human Computer Interaction Lab at Tallinn University. Ellen is also a Contributing Editor to Performance Arts Journal (PAJ), MIT Press.

Yuting Tao

Yuting Tao is a media artist, educator, and teaching researcher who aim to make innovation education more accessible. Graduated from UCLA Department of Design Media Arts and currently pursuing Master’s in Education at Harvard University, she used emerging technologies like generative AI, XR, and games to create immersive experiences addressing societal and cultural issues. As an educator, she committed to empowering learners of all ages to embrace technology in art. She creates not just visually enthralling experiences, but also platforms for dialogue, reflection, and connection across generational lines. She is driven to make art education more accessible and creatively liberating.  https://yutingtao.com/


“I think that Ellen Pearlman is a true Ninja of the art world, mysterious and powerful.” Masa Hosojima, The Interview Project

As societies of control and systems of quantification become more ubiquitous, Ellen Pearlman frames her brain operas “Noor” performed in a 360 degree theater and “AIBO” an emotionally intelligent artificial intelligent brainwave opera as inquiries into possible outcomes. She advocates for artistic input and thinking into the use and development of increasingly complex and sophisticated technologies that affect our everyday lives.  Douglas Rushkoff, Team Human

Ellen Pearlman’s Brain Opera Noor is a unique example of multidisciplinary and intercultural STEAM efforts. It also explores and challenges the assumptions of private and safe spaces humans of the twenty-first century may be taking for granted. Irina Yakubovskaya, The Theater Times


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