Futurist Friday: Poetic Lions

Category: Center for the Future Of Museums Blog
'Please Feed The Lions' by Es Devlin — Picture courtesy of Es Devlin
'Please Feed The Lions' by Es Devlin — Picture courtesy of Es Devlin

As I prepare for the Alliance convening “New Intelligences,” I found this gem of an AI-powered art project installed this summer in Trafalgar Square. “Please Feed the Lions” is an interactive sculpture created by British designer Es Devlin and Ross Goodwin, a creative technologist at Google. Members of the public “feed” the lion with words submitted via a kiosk; a deep learning algorithm turns each word into a line of poetry that appears lit up inside the lion’s mouth. Over the course of the installation, these submissions are shaped into a collective poem projected onto the lion and onto Nelson’s Column at night. See this AI art in action in the video below,

For a deep dive into how AI is influencing art, and museum practice, join me at our convening November 1-2, hosted by the Perez Art Museum Miami, with support from the Knight Foundation. (Register here.) Maybe we can hold an AI-powered poetry slam after dinner one evening…

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