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Spv: Petra Jääskeläinen

Project 1: Speculative design research: Imagining the future of Creative-AI tools (a practical design study)

Background

Throughout the history, artists have worked with different kinds of tools; brushes and paint, sculpture, photoshop, video editing tools, etc. Some artists are currently exploring the next development: using AI-enabled tools in their artistic practice.

Task

The purpose of this project is to develop speculative prototypes; to explore what kind of AI-powered tools there could exist for artists in the future. Relevant questions are; how could artistic practice look like in the era of AI? What kind of creative possibilities could AI-powered tools open up to artists? The speculative prototypes do not need to be functional, but rather to imagine different possibilities and scenarios of how these tools might look like – and how they might be used by artists.

Methods

Speculative design approach will be used to materialize the imagined prototypes/scenarios, and the prototypes will be explored in collaboration with artists to get their feedback on it throughout the process. The research approach is research through design, using speculative design methods, and potentially accompanied by other qualitative research methods.

Initial references

  • Speculative Everything: Design, Fiction, and Social Dreaming (book) – Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby
  • Speculative design project examples: https://blog.depositphotos.com/speculative-design.html
  • Beyond Speculative Design: Past – Present – Future: https://speculativeedu.eu/beyond-speculative-design-past-present-future/
  • AI Artists.org (a collection of artists and currently existing tools) https://aiartists.org

Supervisors: Petra Jääskeläinen and Andre Holzapfel