Talk

Symposium Session 1

Tue 9th April 2024
3.00pm-5.00pm
SARC MMR

Human Computer Improvisation

Chaired by Franziska Schroeder

Megan Steinberg – Ableism in Artificial Intelligence: By Human Design

George Edmondson – Sonic Narratives: Sound Recording as an Improvisational Medium for Documenting Lived Experience

Dafydd Williams (full group TBC) – An International Partnership Around the Creation of a New Operatic Genre in Augmented Reality for Mobile Devices

Megan Steinberg – Ableism in Artificial Intelligence: By Human Design

How are we designing AI datasets and are they representative of the global population? When put into practice, neural network-based systems contain biases that put a magnifying glass up to our very human prejudices. As we begin to rely more and more on these technologies, are disabled, d/Deaf, neurodivergent people and people with long-term health conditions being discriminated against or even put in harm’s way? Ableism exists in many different types of Artificial Intelligence systems in use today, and despite the potential for AI to support the lives and work of disabled, d/Deaf and neurodivergent people, we must consider different models of disability and whether these technologies seek not to support but ‘fix’ or ‘normalise’ people. And, finally, how can art and music play a part in the development of fair and ethical AI systems?

 

George Edmondson – Sonic Narratives: Sound Recording as an Improvisational Medium for Documenting Lived Experience

This talk explores HCI’s role in representation politics and engaged arts; investigating how human-technology interaction enhances ethnographic documentation using sound art. I examine the democratisation of HCI through sonic field notes, multimodal interaction, and co-authored making. By blending soundscape preservation and sonic enhancement, the potential of cooperative HCI in facilitating sound-based experiences within creative community groups is explored. I offers insight into the serendipitous possibilities of long-term human-technology relationships.

 

Dafydd Williams – An International Partnership Around the Creation of a New Operatic Genre in Augmented Reality for Mobile Devices

Dafydd Hall Williams (Ulster Touring Opera) will discuss the international partnership around augmented reality opera.

Over the past five years, the opera industry has started to explore the possibilities of extended reality (XR) to renew and democratize the genre. In Canada, re:Naissance opera has experimented with motion capture and virtual reality through the creation of their opera OrpheusVR (2020). The Irish National Opera has also developed an opera to be experienced in virtual reality, Out of the Ordinary/As an nGnách (2022). Since 2021, Ulster Touring Opera and the Canada Research Chair in Opera Creation (Université de Montréal) have each separately explored a new approach to opera and extended reality through the creation of operas in augmented reality developed using volumetric capture and accessible on mobile devices. These technological difficulties influence artistic choices, raising questions on the nature of opera. In Summer 2023, the partners began an exchange programme between Montreal and Belfast to share their new understanding of opera in augmented reality.

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