07 November 2017


Creativity and Artificial Intelligence.

The Policeman’s Beard is Half Constructed

German Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases, Bonn

15 November 2017



The symposium, organised by the Bonner Kunstverein in conjunction with the University of Bonn accompanying the exhibition entitled “The Policeman’s Beard is Half Constructed”, considers the connection between creativity and artificial intelligence. The exhibition displays artworks from different generations dealing with the essence of artificial intelligence.


The title of the exhibition and the symposium is drawn from the book of the same name which was the first monograph authored by artificial intelligence, the “Racter” computer. The exhibits and the symposium deal with the beginnings of the idea of an adaptive intelligence created by mankind and is based on a logical computer language. Even though this term has now been claimed by other disciplines, it originates from informatics and was coined by the computer scientist, John McCarthy. The exhibited works and the speakers at the conference cover the interfaces between art and informatics.

The speakers include Frieder Nake, who was one of the first to work with and exhibit computer drawings in 1965, and the British artist David Musgrave, whose Roman “Unit”, revolves around the life of an artificial being. Also participating are Christian Bauckhage, Professor of Informatics at the University of Bonn and researcher in machine learning at Fraunhofer IAIS, and Thomas Christaller, Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Bielefeld. After the presentations, there will be a panel discussion.

An accompanying publication with the same title as the symposium and containing essays on the topic will be available.


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