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Sound of Contagion – An Artistic Research Project Exploring A.I. as a Creative Tool for Transmedial Storytelling

Sound of Contagion – An Artistic Research Project Exploring A.I. as a Creative Tool for Transmedial Storytelling

The collaborative project Sound of Contagion (SoC), conducted between 2020-2023, is a transmedial art project addressing the cultural narratives surrounding global diseases and pandemics. SoC explores the intersection of artificial intelligence and creative storytelling by examining A.I. as a tool to inspire and enhance artistic expression.


Interdisciplinary Collaboration: The project brought together diverse talents from literature, cultural studies, music, and visual arts, exploring how A.I. can be integrated into human-technical collaborations.


A.I. as a Creative Tool: Utilizing GPT-2 trained on pandemic narratives from the past 2500 years, unique text fragments were generated. These fragments served as a foundation for creating stories, illustrations, and musical compositions, showcasing A.I.'s role in inspiring collective creativity.


Transmedial Approach: The work spanned multiple media formats. From written narratives to illustrations, musical adaptations, and a lecture performance in Oxford, the project demonstrated how A.I.-generated content could be transformed and enriched across different artistic disciplines.


Ultimately, the project challenges the notion that A.I. can independently create art, instead highlighting its potential as a collaborative tool in future artistic processes.


To explore more about the project methodology and findings, read the chapter dedicated to the project Sound of Contagion, authored by Wenzel Mehnert, Robert Laidlow, Chelsea Haith & Sara Laubscher, at page 97 in the volume Artificial Intelligence – Intelligent Art? Human-Machine Interaction and Creative Practice,  DOI: 10.14361/9783839469224. 


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