Institut für Medienwissenschaft

Ilja Mirsky


Creative Artificial Intelligence on Stage





Collaborative Ph.D. project on “Creative Artificial Intelligence on Stage”, University of Tuebingen (Institute for Media Studies, Prof. Dr. Susanne Marschall) and ZHdK (Institute for Performing Arts, Prof. Dr. Jochen Kiefer, Dr. Gunter Lösel)

How will we interact with AI-based technology and how will we perceive human-AI interactions in our near future? By exploring theoretical and experimental ways for staging human-AI interactions this interdisciplinary practice-led Ph.D. project will search for artistic answers. For the practical part artistic approaches for visualizing and modifying AI-based chatbots will be explored and tested on stage. In parallel a theoretical framework on concepts of liveness, presence and the mediality of AI will be elaborated by encompassing research and literature from technological-, performative-, cognitive- and media-related fields. As we are entering an era of responsive machines, chatbots can be seen as prototypical representatives of this development. How will social, interactive AI-based technology shape our understanding of performance, theater and human-AI collaboration on stage?

Curriculum Vitae

Ilja Mirsky is a dramaturg, programmer, and immersive media artist. He works at the “Institut für theatrale Zukunftsforschung (ITZ) im Zimmertheater Tübingen” and is lecturer at the University of Tübingen.