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A Girl and Her Dog Performance for QI IDEAS

News - Fri, 05/03/2024 - 09:04

[TK Cover Image] Qualcomm Institute IDEAS Series 2024 [TK]

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Salon at Synergia Ranch

News - Thu, 04/25/2024 - 07:43

A Salon and Performance / Archive Convening Hosted by Kathelin Gray, Ash Smith, and Robert Twomey Thursday, April 25, 5:00PM to Sunday, April 28 12:00PM MDT Synergia Ranch Retreat Center26 Synergia RdSanta Fe, NM 87508

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Symposium on Media Literacy in the Age of AI

News - Fri, 04/12/2024 - 08:59

I’m co-hosting this symposium on “Media Literacy in the Age of Artificial Intelligence” April 12, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts at 1300 Q St. This is a part of our UNL Grand Challenges Planning Grant award with PI Bryan Wang. Discover how AI shapes our digital … Continue reading Symposium on Media Literacy in the Age of AI →

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Fish Phone Booth at Without Walls 2024

News - Wed, 04/10/2024 - 08:54

We just wrapped a weekend presenting our Fish Phonebooth at Without Walls 2024. Underwater acoustics, immersive audio, haptic feedback, interspecies communication. This phone booth sound bath has it all. It was a tremendous show: we had everyone from young kids to 80 year olds to retired polar explorers experience the piece. This is a playtest … Continue reading Fish Phone Booth at Without Walls 2024 →

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Second Annual AI Filmmaking Hackathon

News - Sat, 03/30/2024 - 09:14

On March 30th we hosted our second annual AI Filmmaking Hackathon. Co-organized with Dan Novy (novysan) and Ash Eliza Smith. Over the course of 8.5 hours, our student teams made 8 short films dealing with true fakes and fake truths. Thank you @cinema16unl, @disembodbods, @novysan42, and all of our participants for making this happen. And thank you Kwakiutl … Continue reading Second Annual AI Filmmaking Hackathon →

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AI Theater Performance at the Johnny Carson Center

News - Fri, 03/22/2024 - 08:45

We premiered a 15 minute performance of our project Theater of Latent Possibilities at Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts Demo Day 2024 on March 22nd. This project employs generative AI for real-time performance, hinging on the improvisatory dynamics of human-machine interaction. Here we worked with the archive from Synergia Ranch / Institute of … Continue reading AI Theater Performance at the Johnny Carson Center →

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Late-Breaking Work at HRI 2024

News - Mon, 02/19/2024 - 10:46

Amy, Hortense and I have written about our project Beyond the Black Box for Human Robot Interaction (HRI) 2024 in Boulder, Co. Beyond the Black Box: Human Robot Interaction through Human Robot Performances Amy Eguchi, Hortense Gerardo, and Robert Twomey. 2024. Beyond the Black Box: Human Robot Interaction through Human Robot Performances. In Companion of … Continue reading Late-Breaking Work at HRI 2024 →

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Robot Cabaret at INCOSE IW 2024

News - Thu, 01/18/2024 - 15:02

Hortense Gerardo, Amy Eguchi, and I will lead a two-hour Robot Cabaret experience at the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) International Workshop on January 28th.

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NYC Media Lab x Bertelsmann AI and Creative Industry Challenge

News - Thu, 12/14/2023 - 14:45

I lead this fabulous team with Patrick Coleman, Ash Smith, Ryan Schmaltz, and Jinku Kim for the NYC Media Lab and Bertelsmann Creative Industries and AI Challenge. Our project–the Theater of Latent Possibilities–employs AI for pre-preproduction (co-creation and world building) and performance (scripts as live artifacts, real-time AI). It’s fascinating to work with the other three … Continue reading NYC Media Lab x Bertelsmann AI and Creative Industry Challenge →

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Worlds in Play at ASU MIX 2024

News - Thu, 11/30/2023 - 10:55

Together with Ash Eliza Smith, I’m playtesting a new interspecies theater piece at Worlds in Play! Join us this January 3-7 at ASU Media and Immersive eXperience (MIX) Center in Mesa, Arizona and step into the artist’s studio as they experiment with adventurous participatory projects at various stages of development, including immersive theatre, XR, Alternate … Continue reading Worlds in Play at ASU MIX 2024 →

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Ag4Space Symposium at UNL Nov 30

News - Thu, 11/30/2023 - 10:06

I’m pleased to be presenting at the Ag4Space symposium we are hosting this Thursday/Friday in the East Campus Union at UNL. This is part of our Grand Challenge project SPACE2 (Space, Policy, Agriculture, Climate, and Extreme Environment).  I’ll be speaking on the role of speculative design and experimental arts practices in developing space science: “Ag4Space: Speculative … Continue reading Ag4Space Symposium at UNL Nov 30 →

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Work Featured in Article from CCA

News - Fri, 11/10/2023 - 12:12

I’m delighted to have my project “A Machine for Living In” featured by Thuto Durkac-Somo in his article “System Settings” for the Canadian Center for Architecture. It weaves together design, domesticity, and our evolving relationships to smart homes and networked architecture. Check it out! Article link: https://www.cca.qc.ca/en/articles/92495/system-settings Thuto’s website: https://thutods.com/

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Performance-Lecture on Embodied Intelligence at SLSA

News - Thu, 11/02/2023 - 12:45

I gave a performance-lecture with Hortense Gerardo and CRANE, the co-robotic arm, for SLSA 2023 at ASU. Our talk discussed perceptions of embodied intelligence and trust in human-robot interaction. This piece builds off of our previous work Dances with Robots, for Heidi Latsky’s ON DISPLAY GLOBAL 2020, and leads towards our IDEAS performance “Beyond the … Continue reading Performance-Lecture on Embodied Intelligence at SLSA →

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Paper on Real Time AI at SLSA 2023

News - Thu, 11/02/2023 - 12:38

I presented a paper “The Future of Real-Time AI: Liveness, Co-Creation, and Participatory Play”—written with Ash Eliza Smith—for SLSA 2023 at ASU. This was part of a tremendous panel on “Contacting, Playing, and Designing with Aliens”, with a lively discussion. Yanai Toister (Shenkar College of Engineering, Art and Design) and Nimrod Astarhan (School of the … Continue reading Paper on Real Time AI at SLSA 2023 →

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Atlas of Imagination Workshop at Clarke Center

News - Wed, 10/25/2023 - 12:26

I had a blast participating in the Atlas of Imagination workshop at the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination October 20 and 21. It was thrilling to spend two days with the experts Cassandra Vieten and Erik Viirre gathered—some familiar faces and many new ones—to flesh out a rich, multi-disciplinary perspective on imagination. Developing … Continue reading Atlas of Imagination Workshop at Clarke Center →

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Speaking on AI at SD Innovation Day

News - Thu, 09/07/2023 - 06:46

AI Explored: From Healthcare Innovation and Artistic Quests to Ethical Quandaries September 14, 20231:05 – 1:35 PMDescription Venture into the vast implications of AI with insights from diverse disciplines. Explore philosophical dimensions and ethical dilemmas posed by AI’s integration into society. Uncover its transformative potential in healthcare, revolutionizing outcomes. Delve into the poetic interplay of … Continue reading Speaking on AI at SD Innovation Day →

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Paper in ACM PACMGIT

News - Wed, 08/16/2023 - 09:37

My SIGGRAPH paper, “Communing with Creative AI” was published in the Proceedings of the ACM on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques. Download it here: Twomey, R., “Communing with Creative AI”, SIGGRAPH 2023 Art Papers, Proceedings of the ACM on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques — Volume 6, Issue 2, August 2023. Article No.: 28, pp … Continue reading Paper in ACM PACMGIT →

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Talk at SIGGRAPH 2023

News - Sun, 08/06/2023 - 20:00

I presented my paper “Communing with Creative AI” at SIGGRAPH 2023 in Los Angeles, CA. I spoke on the panel Acting with Brain and AI, chaired by August Black. This means I also got to give a 20 second teaser to about ~10,000 people during the Papers Fast Forward session.

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Radio Play at ISEA 2023

News - Sat, 05/20/2023 - 17:41

We will be hosting a new AI Radio Play at ISEA 2023: Symbiosis. Paris, France May 20, 0900-1800, Paris. Details: https://radio-play.net/

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SS4ES @ Water for Food Global Conference

News - Wed, 05/10/2023 - 21:30

Ash Smith, Elsbeth Magelton, Yufeng Gu, Santosh Pitla, and I conducted a collaborative scenario planning workshop, Simulation and Speculation for Earthly Survival with participants in the 2023 Water for Food Global Conference hosted by the Daugherty Institute. Video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z56_YNQ6ceU Read more about the conference here: https://waterforfood.nebraska.edu/explore-our-conferences/2023-water-for-food-global-conference

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