Artificial intelligence in the media arts, industry and academic community: Achievements, progress and limits

Friday, February 7th, 2020 from 9:00 am to 4:15 pm
A forum presented by the CQAM in collaboration with Element IA and Hexagram
Moderated by Matthieu Dugal

Cocktail: 4:15 pm
Registration closed
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Chaufferie d’Hexagram | Pavillon Coeur des Sciences | Local CO – R700 | 141 Avenue du Président-Kennedy, Montréal, QC H2X 1Y4


The Conseil québécois des arts médiatiques (CQAM), in collaboration with Element AI and Hexagram, invites you on February 7, 2020 to a forum on artificial intelligence (AI). This forum will highlight artificial intelligence creations made in recent years within the media arts, academic milieu and creative companies in Montreal.  

It is important to clarify the place that artificial intelligence already occupies in the media arts and creative industries. It may be a new “trend” for the general public, but artists, researchers and companies have been using the resources of artificial intelligence for several years now. Our aim is to generate a better understanding of the modalities involved for artists, companies and researchers, in order to create collaborations or initiate networking.

This discussion between representatives of the academic, artistic and business communities in AI (biographies here) will be structured around 4 panels:

9:15 am to 10:30 am
Introduction : Artificial Intelligence – Defining the term, from the point of view of art, industry and academia 
With Mathieu Marcotte and Nathalie Bachand
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10:30 am to 11:30 am
Panel 1: Artificial intelligence as a creative tool
With the participation of Erin Gee (artist), Sylvain Lebeux (LANDR), Bertrand Gervais (ALN NT2), Marc-André Cossette (Concordia, Hexagram).
How have artists embraced artificial intelligence and what types of work have been produced to this day? What are the current advances in artificial intelligence?
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1 pm to 2 pm 
Panel 2: The limits of artificial intelligence
With the participation of François Quévillon (artist),  Alexandre de Brébisson (Lyrebird), Sofian Audry (Perte de Signal, Hexagram), Christopher Salter (Concordia, Hexagram).
What are the technical limits of artificial intelligence today? What are the theoretical limits: computational creativity vs. computational art?
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2 pm to 3 pm
Panel 3. Copyright in artificial intelligence
With the participation of Adam Basanta (artist), Paul Gagnon (Element AI), Eliane Ellbogen (Fasken, Eastern Bloc), Tom Lebrun (Laval University).
Between human creators, artificial intelligences and the programmers of these entities, how will we distribute merit as well as copyright?
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3:15 pm to 4:15 pm
Panel 4. Artificial intelligence research and development axis
With the participation of Marine Theunissen (artist, Hexagram), Maxime Chevalier-Boisvert (MILA), Sofian Audry (Perte de Signal, Hexagram), Ghyslain Gagnon (ETS, Hexagram).
What challenges and opportunities? 
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4:15 pm
Networking Cocktail (for registered participants only)


This project receives financial support from the Programme Initiatives collaboratives art-industrie-savoir en créativité numérique of the City of Montréal (Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal), in collaboration with the Government of Québec.

Conseil québécois des arts médiatiques (CQAM)
3995 Berri Montreal QC H2L 4H2 | 514 527-5116


Photo credit : © Justine Émard, Soulshift / SOCAN (2019)