Impakt Event at EMAF: Deep Fake or Rendering the Truth 20 April 2018

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Impakt will be present at European Media Art Festival in Osnabrueck with a panel discussion and a presentation of EMAP and our residency programmes.

Panel discussion: Deep Fake or Rendering the Truth

The role of computer graphics in news reporting and truth telling has a long history, from weathermen to intricate chromkeyed maps of warzones used by news presenters. As computational power continues to increase exponentially, and with new technologies like machine learning, the ability of these graphics to accurately simulate reality is becoming a worrying reality. In August 2017, the Graphics and Imaging Laboratory at Washington University released a video ‘Synthesizing Obama’ which demonstrated the ability to synthesize a life-like rendering of Obama in real time. Over the last few years, several news programs have used video game footage in stories about global wars and one of the most widely circulated images of a drone, used extensively to this day in reporting on covert warfare is itself a rendering. The ability of computers to fake reality convincingly is going to become more and more of a critical problem as hackers, extremist news organisations and politicians seek to control the media narrative through increasingly convincing visuals. This panel will consider and speculate on possible futures for rendered realities and suggest strategies for regulating or countering artificial realities created by computation.

Luba Elliot will speak on the ways in which artists and creative practitioners are using advancements in Artificial Intelligence. Luba is one of the curators of Impakt 2018, and a producer of Creative AI London.

An artist working directly with AI, Anna Ridler will speak on her recent research and practise. Anna is a recipient of this year’s European Media Art Program (partnering with Impakt) and the winner of the 2018-2019 Dare Art Prize. She has exhibited at Ars Electronica, Sheffield Documentary Festival, Leverhulme Centre for Future Intelligence, Tate Modern, Centre Pompidou and the V&A

Igor Schwarzmann will talk on the strategic and narrative challenges of post-truth dialogue. Alongside Johannes Kleske, Igor is a co-founder of Third Wave in Berlin, a strategy and research firm for the New Normal.

Francis Hunger will argue that the current hype around artificial intelligence is operating with deceptive marketing language. Since 2015 Francis has been working on his Ph.D. at Bauhaus University, Weimar, researching the emergence of the Relational Database Model.

This session will be moderated by artist and designer Tobias Revell. Tobias is Course Leader of Interaction Design Communication MA at the London College of Communication, co-founder of Strange Telemetry, Founder of Supra Studios and one half of Haunted Machines. Tobias was co-curator of Impakt 2017.

This programme is curated by Tobias Revell (UK) and Natalie Kane (UK), curators of the Impakt Festival 2017.

About EMAF:
EMAF is one of the most influential forums of international Media Art. As a meeting point for artists, curators, distributors, galleries and an audience of experts the festival has a great impact on the topics and aesthetics of Media Art. Each year the festival offers its visitors a current overview of experimental films, installations, performances, digital formats and hybrid forms, ranging from personal and political subjects or formal experiments to provocative statements from the pulsating area of “Media Art – Society”. The Festival sees itself as a place of experimentation and a laboratory where extraordinary works, experiments and ventures are created and presented.

What: Deep Fake or Rendering the Truth, a panel event with presentations and discussion
When: 13:00 Friday 20 April
Where: EMAF, Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Hasemauer 1, Osnabrück, Germany