[ISEA2022] Paper: Stella Sofokleous — Nonhuman Creativity in Generative Art: Beyond the Anthropocentric Paradigm

Introductory Statement 

Remote paper presentation, date: June 10. Session: Humans and non-humans in an earth context

Keywords: Nonhuman creativity, generative art, assemblage, new ontology

This paper attempts to question the exegesis of the nonhuman creativity of generative art through the anthropocentric paradigm. In doing so, nonhuman creative systems are approached as an ontological otherness, as agents per se.

This paper explores fresh insights into the ways we negotiate our ideas about nonhuman creativity, emphasizing the need to recast traditional notions of what it means to be an artist today. In the prospect of the existence of entirely autonomous nonhuman agents of art production in the following decades, an attempt is being made to question the exegesis of the artificial creativity of generative art from an anthropocentric point of view. Through the observation of four art projects, the first part sheds light on the interaction of artists with generative art-making systems in order to demonstrate that the concept of assemblage between living and non-living agents is currently emerging. The second part attempts a new ontological exploration of algorithmic systems as a possible path for essentializing their creative agency. The discussion extends to whether these aspects can operate as a foundation of the ontological definition of nonhuman creativity.

For the video recording of the presentation see: Amalia Creus — Humans and non-humans in an earth context 

  • Stella Sofokleous is a PhD candidate of the Department of History & Philosophy of Science of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. Her research interests are related to the philosophical and historical relationship between art and technology with particular interest in the case of ‘new media art’. She is a graduate of the Department of History & Archaeology of the University of Cyprus and holds a postgraduate diploma in Art History from the University of Edinburgh. After completing her MA thesis with distinction, she worked as a curator at the National Gallery of Scotland. She received a scholarship from A.G Leventis Foundation Educational Grants Scheme from the completion of both her MA and PhD. https://www.linkedin.com/in/stella-sofokleous-11260914b