The 10th edition of the International Conference on Arts and Humanities 2023 – “Collaborative Process, Cooperation, and Multiplicity”, will be held on September 7 and 8 in Bangkok, Thailand. CIAC researchers present “Aesthetic reflections on artificial intelligence in video art: a report on the creation of the cyber-performance Aretusa Vox”.

This paper proposes a reflection on aesthetic issues in the use of artificial intelligence resources in pioneering processes of artistic image production for video art. The discussion is focused on the debate on collaborative creation processes between man and machine in the field of digital media art and the emergence of AI Art (Artificial Intelligence Art).

In this event, Juliana Wexel, FCT-CIAC research fellow and doctoral student in digital media art (DMAD-CIAC), will share her experience on the production of the video art squirt.Metamorphosis, which was created using the online software Stable Diffusion and was part of the digital artefact Aretusa Vox. The work is one of the projects developed as part of Juliana Wexel’s research, within the scope of her ongoing thesis “Vulva Art and cyberperformativity: contributions to the understanding of feminist aesthetic discourses in digital media art”. The paper is co-authored by Mirian Tavares (supervisor) and Bruno Mendes da Silva (co-supervisor), the project’s supervisors.

The proposal for the paper, to be presented on September 8, ties in directly with ICOAH 2023’s aim of discussing the pros and cons of the development of digital media.

About Aretusa Vox:

Aretusa Vox is an autofictional cyberperformance developed from a cyberfeminist perspective that dialogues with the myth of Aretusa, narrated by the nymph in book V of the Metamorphoses, by the writer Ormano Ovid, about the ancient freshwater spring on the small island of Ortigia, in Sicily, Italy. Portrayed by literary canons and popular culture as a love story between the nymph Aretusa and Alpheus, in Aretusa Vox, the myth is exposed as an attempted rape. The cyber-performance is both the result and the process of developing the CyberPerformanCity method, suitable for creating artistic intervention projects and artefacts that mediate urban and digital spaces.

As a result, we highlight advancements in understanding the logic of algorithmic syntaxes for the experience of generating specific artistic images and, in the field of cyberfeminism, framing them as a genre of vulva art.

Aretusa Vox was created as part of the Project CyPeT, funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, and presented during the Cyberperformance Symposium: artistic and Pedagogical Practices, the final milestone of the CyPet project. Aretusa Vox intertwines the researcher’s artistic research as part of CyPeT and her theoretical and practical experiences as a member of Writing Urban Places.

The program of the event is available here.