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AI & Design

7th October, 15.15-17.15
HDK room 338

A two-hours artwork-based conversation moderated by Elena Raviola around AI and design work with invited designers and experts working in the field. We will have the pleasure to welcome three experienced designers/design studios, that have worked with AI in different ways.

Palle Dahlstedt , PhD, is associate professor in interaction design at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Gothenburg & Chalmers University. Palle has extensively worked with evolutionary algorithms to produce music and is an internationally renowned expert on AI-aided creative processes. He has recently published an article on big data and creativity on the European Review that delves into some of the key issues we will discuss at the Design Festival.

Top image: Palle Dahlstedt performing New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) i Ann Arbor, USA, in 2012. From

Studio Alight  is a creative collective, holding a long-term artist residency at the Institute of Contemporary Ideas and Art in Gothenburg (ICIA). The collective is formed by Fredrik Garneij, Samantha Hookway and Christofer Kanljung and, in their own words, they seek “to reframe, conceptualize and contextualize the seemingly unexplained, unvisited and most importantly the unmapped” by using artistic methods. They work at the intersection of technology and art and are currently showing their solo exhibition “Rob Law” at ICIA.

Prior Art Automation by Studio Alight at ICIA, 2019. Photo credit: ICIA’s Gustavo Perillo Nogueira

Ateljé Schultz Lindberg is a Swedish design duo formed by Kristina Schultz and Johan Lindberg. In their words, their work is “addressing societal issues, materializing theories, and constantly asking the question why?”. In their project “Occupation: Training data generator”, they take a step into the future to investigate one of the few remaining occupations and to explore new relations, where the humans is subordinate to the machine. During the Design Festival, the project will be shown at the School of Business, Economics and Law and in Nordstan.

Yrke: Träningsdatagenerare by Ateljè Schultz Lindberg.

After showcasing the work of the designers involved, the main goal of the session is to open up for a discussion about how AI changes design work and competence and to reflect upon how these changes might influence design education. In particular, the session will focus on questions around judgment and decision-making in the creative process, collaboration between designers and machines and implications for knowledge (what do designers need to know?).

The event is organized by Samantha Hookway, lecturer at HDK,  and Elena Raviola, Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Professor in Design Management, HDK, and is hosted by the Business and Design Lab, an interdisciplinary research centre formed by HDK and Handelshögskolan in Göteborg