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  • 5pm – 6pm


  • Online


  • Free

Who can attend

  • Public


  • Webinar

This event brings together Adrian Shaughnessy, Jessica Helfand and Michael Horsham, three renowned figures from the visual arts to investigate the role of artificial intelligence in the production of creative visual work.

IN SESSION - A.I. creative tool or existential threat?

Adrian Shaughnessy, Jessica Helfand and Michael Horsham come together to investigate the role of artificial intelligence in the production of creative visual work.

Is AI a revolutionary tool with transformative powers leading to enhanced creativity? Or a mechanism for replacing artists and designers with parasitic software creating a landscape of cloned, culturally biased, and regurgitated expression?

As students and creative professionals in art and design increasingly embed AI functionality in their work, what are the creative, ethical, and practical ramifications?

The three renowned speakers from the visual arts will weigh up the pros and cons.

*Photo credit: AI-generated portraits, Jessica Helfand 2023.

19 Aril 2023 | 5pm— 6pm BST

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Jessica Helfand AI generated

Jessica Helfand

Artist, Designer, Writer

Jessica Helfand is an artist, designer, and writer. She grew up in Paris and New York City, and received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Yale University where she taught for more than two decades. A founding editor of Design Observer, she is the author of numerous books on visual and cultural criticism including Design: The Invention of Desire (Yale University Press, 2016), Face: A Visual History (MITPress, 2019) and Self Reliance : Twelve Essays (Thames&Hudson, 2921). The first-ever recipient, in 2010, of the Henry Wolf Residency at the American Academy in Rome, Jessica Helfand has been a Director’s Guest at Civitella Ranieri, a fellow at the Bogliasco Foundation, and the Artist in Residence at Caltech.

Michael Horsham AI generated

Michael Horsham

Writer, Associate at Tomato Collective

Michael Horsham, is an RCA alumnus who has spent the last few decades working as part of the renowned Tomato collective, and as an independent thinker/maker and doer. Michael’s work has spanned commercial art, installations, advertising, branding and naming, as well as music and writing. Michael has always written, the latest iteration is Hello Human (Thames and Hudson 2022) an exploration of the history of visual communication with special reference to the coming influence of machines and machine learning.

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