Automating public culture: Creators, institutions, audiences

Creativity and cultural labour practices have long been considered resistant to automation – how should the GLAM sector respond?

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Event details

When: 11.30-12.50pm, Thursday 16 November 2023

Where: Kaleide RMIT Union Theatre, Melbourne

Creativity and cultural labour practices have long been considered resistant to automation. Our sector – though often underpaid and undervalued – took comfort in this, luxuriating in the knowledge that our work was profoundly and unequivocally human – even when it is (almost always) the product of the relation between human and tool. But the rise of generative artificial intelligence, machine learning, and large language models resulting in the recent and rapid public take up of tools and interfaces from Chat GPT (text) to MusicLM (audio), and Stable Diffusion and Midjourney (images)—call these claims into question.

Featuring Seb Chan (Director and CEO of ACMI), Dr Indigo Holcombe-James (Strategic Research Lead, ACMI), Dr Joel Stern (Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow, RMIT), and Professor Kimberlee Weatherall (Professor of Law, University of Sydney) this conversation considers what it means to create, distribute, and consume under these conditions when digital skills, capabilities, and institutional support are unevenly distributed. What capabilities do creators, institutions, and audiences need to develop, and how might we do this development in public

Join us on 16 and 17 November for our 54th Annual Academy Symposium — Between humans & machines: exploring the pasts and futures of automation — as we explore the possibilities and hazards of automation, and the complexities of human-machine relations.

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Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Academy of the Humanities recognises Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of this land, and their continuous connection to country, community and culture.