Artistic Intelligence: Creative and political agency in the age of AI

“A /I, artistic intelligence, is something that speaks to creative and political agency in the age of AI, which completely works on mimetic impulses because it really wants to imitate the human mind. We haven’t come very far with it, and certainly machines do not understand humour or jokes yet.”

In this interview style lecture, Professor Budde discusses the trajectory of her work and the modes of how she operates as a researcher and as a creative. Examples of Professor Budde’s performance work are shown and used as starting points to discuss a variety of topics including collaboration and shared creation, technology visibility and performance, and artistic intelligence. Concepts and principles related to digital dramaturgy are also discussed and explained. Performance changes in response to COVID-19 public health restrictions are also mentioned throughout the lecture.

The Speaker

Antje Budde, Associate Professor | Centre for Drama, Theatre, & Performance Studies

Related Research

Candy Otsíkh:èta Blair and Antje Budde “Accountability. Intervention. Community. On the making of a 2S music video for Toronto Pride Summer 2021” Special Issue “Ethics & Socially Engaged Theatre” Canadian Theatre Review Issue #192. 2022

Budde, Antje and Gustavo Sol. “PLAYStrong–Engineering POETICstates:On Facilitating Mental Health through Bio-Signal Interfaces and Brechtian Learning Strategies” Critical Stages/Scènes critiques The IATC journal/Revue de l’AICT – June/Juin 2022: Issue No 25. Web.

Budde, Antje and Sebastian Samur. “Making Knowledge/Playing Culture: Theatre Festivals As Sites of Experiential Learning”. Theatre Research in Canada / Recherches théâtrales Au Canada, vol. 40, no. 1 &2, Jan. 2020, 83-101

Budde, Antje with Art Babayants “Homo Ludens – Common. Play. Grounds. A praxis report on workshop-making by the Digital Dramaturgy Labsquared (DDL2) at Coburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany 2019” In: Elfenbeinturm oder Kultur für Alle? Kulturpolitische Perspektiven und künstlerische Formate zwischen Kulturinstitutionen und Kultureller Bildung. Edited by Julius Heinicke and Katrin Lohbeck. KoPaed Publishing. Munich 2020. 111-143

Kleber, Pia and Tamara Trojanowska with Antje Budde and David Rokeby. “Performing the Digital and AI: In Conversation with Antje Budde David Rokeby.” TDR/The Drama Review. Special Issue: “Algorithms and Performance” Edited by Elise Morrison, Tavia Nyong’o, and Joseph Roach. 2019 63:4 (T244), 99-112.

Budde, Antje “Affecting the Apparatus: Queer feminist re/de-codings in the works of the Digital Dramaturgy Lab (DDL), Toronto” in: Performance, Feminism and Affect in Neoliberal Times. (Contemporary Performance Interactions Series) Edited by Elin Diamond, Denise Varney and Candice Amich. Palgrave 2017. 189-200

Other Resources

Kaleidoscopic Imaginations:

DDL2 Chaosmosis 190928 | DDLsquared:

20201025_Performing a Plate Camera:

Rattling the Curve – kaleidoscopic trailer:

Cutting Edge(s) – Struggling matter(s) Sept.5, 2021:

Streaming Life: Story-ing the 94:

20210918_Minding Niimi — DDLsquared:

Niimi Imaging Imagination:

Accountability (June 2021):