Our friends at the Human Inspired Technology Research Centre in the Università degli Studi di Padova presented the paper and, in order to overcome the special difficulties this year, they also provided a video presenting the work done.
Automation and Creativity: A Case Study of DJs’ and VJs’ Ambivalent Positions on Automated Visual Software
Computerized solutions in the domain of creativity and expressive performance increasingly provide art and artists with exciting new opportunities. However, the combination of automation and creativity also raises controversies and resistance in some user groups. This paper considers the case of software-generated visuals in live music performance and tries to make sense of the ambivalent response given by its intended users (i.e., DJs and VJs). We carried out seven face-to-face interviews, an online survey (N = 102) and 25 interviews at a distance to unravel DJs’ and VJs’ positions on automated visual software. Four core controversies were eventually identified, gravitating around the implications of using such software on DJs’ and VJs’ identities as artists and on their competitive advantage in their activity sector. The conclusions reconnect these findings with the larger issue of understanding the users’ responses to automation.
You can find our paper and the provided material here https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.1145/3313831.3376463