INFO Science Seminar: Pure Psychic Automatism: The Language Artist as Language Model

The Department of Information Science presents

Mark Amerika, CU Intermedia Art, Writing, and Performance (IAWP)


Abstract: My latest book, My Life as an Artificial Creative Intelligence, is the inaugural title in the new "Sensing Media" series published by Stanford University Press and edited by Wendy Hui Kyong Chun and Shane Denson. The book grows out of the Artificial Creative Intelligence (ACI) art and research project being developed inside CMCI's TECHNE Lab. The ACI art project investigates the interrelationship between a language artist and a language model and focuses on automated forms of creative expression across the human-nonhuman spectrum. The ACI project specifically addresses speculative forms of artificial intelligence, particularly the possibilities for creative collaboration between human and machine-generated embodiments of poetic expression. In performance and exhibition contexts, the ACI is presented as a fictional AI poet whose spoken word poetry signals the horizon of a new type of authorship that questions the philosophical, artistic and legal implications of artificial intelligence. The ACI is constructed as a 3D "avatar-other" whose facial features and voice are uncannily like that of the artist. For this informal artist presentation, Amerika will give an overview of the creative process behind the ACI art project and as well as read excerpts from the book that were co-authored with a Generative Pre-Trained Transformer.


Bio: Selected as a Time Magazine 100 Innovator, Mark Amerika is a University of Colorado Professor of Distinction where he is the Founding Director of the Doctoral Program in Intermedia Art, Writing and Performance in the College of Media, Communication and Information, a Professor of Art and Art History and Director of the TECHNE Lab.

 Refreshments will be served in the INFO building directly following the talk.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 1:25pm to 2:15pm

Center for Academic Success and Engagement (CASE), W262

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Arts & Culture, Science & Technology, Communication & Information


Students, Faculty, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students

College, School & Unit

Media, Communication and Information

CMCI: Media, Communication and Information
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