About Art Machines 2

Art Machines 2: International Symposium on Machine Learning and Art 2021 will take place between 10th-14th June 2021. "Art Machines 2," will bring together Academics, Artists, and Professionals in the field of Computational Media Art in a five-day symposium on the topic of Machine Learning and Art. 
After the success of "Art Machines" in 2019, this much-anticipated follow-up symposium will provide the opportunity for in depth assessment of the impact of artificial intelligence on the making of computational art and media, and an exploration of the conditions of existence, range and futures of computationally based art and media. Media art does not exist in a vacuum and a critical concern of the conference will be both to understand and practice ways in which media art can intervene, both critically and constructively, in the ongoing construction of social reality by machine learning algorithms. The conference will comprise academic key notes, plenary panel presentations and discussions, scholarly and art practice paper presentations, an art exhibition and student-led workshops. 

Due to the persistence of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Art Machines 2 Organizing Committee has decided to conduct the conference in a HYBRID FORMAT that will combine a live in-person conference at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong with virtual online access for international participants who are unable to attend. Keynotes sessions will be streamed live via Zoom and School of Creative Media YouTube channel, while all the other sessions of the conference will be accessible via zoom for registered participants both to attend and participate in.  We plan to conduct sessions in an afternoon and evening format, which will make the conference more accessible to our friends in Europe and Asian time zones.

For more details about presenting papers/abstracts in-person/virtually, please refer to Submission Types page. 


We cordially invite you to join the Opening of two exhibitions:

CONSTRUCTING CONTEXTS is an exhibition curated by Associate Professor Dr. Tobias Klein and Ph.D. student Rodrigo Guzman-Serrano with 27 artworks and projects.

SYSTEM DREAMS is an exhibition coordinated and organized by Ph.D. students of the CityU School of Creative Media. It is intended as a space where current doctoral and MFA students can showcase their artwork, research, and other projects.

For more information about the exhibitions:

Date: 10th June 2021
Time: 18:30 
Location: 3rd floor and 9th floor, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue 

Two exhibitions are open to public for free from 10th to 20th June. Opening Hours:

10-15 June 2021                12:30-22:00
16-20 June 2021                11:30-19:30

Pre-Registration for Non-CityU member visitors is required 2 days in advance at  https://forms.gle/cw56NAEo6KEG6M5r7

We cordially invite you to join the Keynotes and Plenary Sessions of the Art Machines 2 Conference.

The Welcoming Remarks, 3 keynotes and 4 plenary sessions will be livestreamed via YouTube.  Non-conference participants are welcomed to join the lectures and be part of the conference.

All sessions listed below are scheduled in Hong Kong Time (UTC/GMT+8). Please use the Time Zone Converter to check the local time in your area.




10th June 2021


Welcoming Remarks

Richard William Allen, Conference Director


Introductory Keynote Lecture 1: Crisis, Critique and Technological Understanding

Hector Rodrigues, School of Creative Media, CityU, Hong Kong


Keynote Lecture 2: Space In the Mind of A Machine

Refik Anadol, Media Artist, Turkey

11th June 2021


Keynote Lecture 3: Ocsilloscopes, Slide Rules and Nematodes: Perceptions of the ImageNet Observer

Adrian Mackenzie, College of Arts and Social Sciences, Australian National University, Australia

Anna Munster, National Institute for Experimental Arts, University of New South Wales, Australia


Plenary 1: The Politics of Machine Learning

Archival Loops
Stephanie Dinkins, Department of Art, Stony Brook University, USA

New Optical Regimes
Adam Harvey, Artist and Researcher, USA


Plenary 2: Creativity and Access

AI Just Wants to be Average
Janelle Shane, Research Scientist and Writer, USA

Machine Learning as Creative Design Tool
Rebecca Fiebrink, Creative Computing Institute, University

12 June 2021


Plenary 3: Biology and Algorithms

Towards a Natural Intelligence
Tega Brain, Tandon School of Engineering, New York University, USA

13 June 2021


Plenary 4: Science and Creativity

Creativity in Machine Learning Research
David Ha, Research Scientist, Google Brain, Tokyo, Japan

Eavesdropping on Human Behaviors: Lessons from Engineers
Rosa H. M. Chan, Department of Electrical Engineering, CityU, Hong Kong

Life is a Mess: Towards a Gene-eccentric and Post-teleological Discourse in Bio-art
Lam Yun Wah, Department of Chemistry, CityU, Hong Kong

To hear from a wide range of industry experts and leaders in the 21 paper sessions, register now! In-person and virtual participation, both options are available!

Registration link: https://www.cityu.edu.hk/artmachines2/registration
Full symposium programme is available at https://www.cityu.edu.hk/artmachines2/symposium-programme