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Alice Barale – Art and Artificial Intelligence: A Philosophical Investigation

May 20 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm  |  Humanities 1, Room 210


The History of Consciousness Department and THI’s Humanities in the Age of Artificial Intelligence Cluster welcome Alice Barale for her talk, “Art and Artificial Intelligence: a philosophical Investigation.”

It has been several years since the first artwork created with artificial intelligence was sold at the renowned auction house Christie’s in 2018. In the meantime, new types of artificial intelligence have emerged, enabling artists to conduct different experiments. However, the presence of AI in the artistic process continues to raise significant questions. How should its role be understood? And, more importantly, what new chances does it offer within the artistic field and beyond?

Alice Barale

Alice Barale is a scholar of Aesthetics and Assistant Professor at the Department of Cultural and Environmental Heritage at the University of Milan. She has extensively researched Aby Warburg and Walter Benjamin, authors to whom she has dedicated several essays and two monographs (“La malinconia dell’immagine,” FUP, 2009, and “La prima impresa: Shakespeare in Warburg e Benjamin,” Jaca Book, 2021). For Benjamin, she has edited and translated a new Italian version of “Origin of the German Trauerspiel” (Carocci, 2018). Among her most recent research interests are the philosophy of color (“Il giallo del colore,” Jaca Book, 2020) and the relationship between art and artificial intelligence. She has curated the collected volume “Arte e intelligenza artificiale. Be my GAN” (Jaca Book, 2020) and is currently working on a new book on the topic, which will be released soon.


May 20
11:30 am - 1:00 pm


Humanities 1, Room 210
1156 high st
Santa cruz, CA 95060 United States
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