Art & AI: In Conversation

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Civic District Alliance presents an inaugural series of panels introducing the world of art and artificial intelligence on March 20, 2021, via Zoom and onsite.

Singapore — The Civic District Alliance (CDA), formed in November 2020, consists of Victoria Theatre & Victoria Concert Hall, The Arts House, National Gallery Singapore, Asian Civilisations Museum, and Esplanade -Theatres on the Bay.

On 20 March 2020, the CDA will present Art & AI: In Conversation. This inaugural series of panels will see the gathering of some of the leading voices in technology and the arts in Singapore, to introduce the proliferation, application, and impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on the arts and daily life.

Speakers include representatives from institutions such as Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and Singapore Management University (SMU) as well as artists from various genres and fields. Two of these panels will be conducted live at the Ngee Ann Auditorium, Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM), with the third live-streamed via Zoom. The topics for each panel are as follows: Living with AI; Beyond the Black Box: The Space Between Art & AI; and How Can Algorithms be Fair?

Rupert Thomson, Head, Artistic Programming at AHL shares, “Art is one our greatest tools to understand the changes that happen in our societies, and AI is fast changing our societies on every level – from the cat videos we see on our handphones, to the way nations plan their futures. As we look towards our debut festival in July, we are excited to invite audiences to ask some of the fundamental questions on this subject. What is AI? What can, and should, we do with it? And how might we respond to the changes it brings?”

Art & AI: In Conversation is supported by the Singapore National Arts Council (NAC) and is part of #SGCutureAnywhere. Participation for Art & AI: In Conversation is free with registration. For more information on the panels, speakers, and registration details, log on to

Program Details

  • Living with AI

Ngee Ann Auditorium, ACM, 2.00PM–3.00PM

Speakers: Kevin Lim (National Gallery Singapore), Eugene Soh (, Laurence Liew (AI Singapore)
Moderator: Oon Shu An

The proliferation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has drawn much attention and debate over recent years. But what is AI, and what are some of the surprising ways it manifests in our daily lives? Join us at this opening panel to hear from an exciting range of speakers as they talk about AI and some of its applications and its impact on us.

Kevin Lim works at National Gallery Singapore for the past decade, Kevin Lim has evolved through roles in Visitor Experience, to Corporate Planning, to CoLab X, an innovation collaboration role at the Gallery.
Laurence Liew is the Director for AI Innovation at AI Singapore where he drives the adoption of AI by the Singapore ecosystem through the 100 Experiments, Makerspace, and AI Apprenticeship programs.
  • Beyond the Black Box: The Space Between Art & AI

Ngee Ann Auditorium, ACM, 5:30PM–7.00PM

Speakers: Joses Ho, Rei Poh, Zarina Muhammad, Joel Tan, Bani Haykal
Moderator: Rupert Thomson (Arts House Limited)

Rupert Thomson is Head of Artistic Programmes for AHL, leading on the programming of The Arts House, Goodman Arts Centre, Aliwal Arts Centre, and AI and Art: In Conversation.

What are some uses, applications, and implications of AI in art and art-making? How have developments in AI affected the way we see, think, portray, or engage with the idea of agency and humanity in our art? Join in a series of artist presentations featuring practitioners from across disciplines – including literary arts, theatre, sound, and visual arts – as they share about their projects, experiences, and experiments responding to or engaging with AI.

  • How can Algorithms be Fair?

Online via Zoom, 8.00 PM–9.00 PM

Speakers: Immanuel Koh (SUTD), Shawn Chua Ming Ren, Malavika Jayaram (SMU)
Moderator: Kay Vasey (MeshMinds)

Immanuel Koh is an assistant professor in Architecture & Sustainable Design (ASD) and Design & Artificial Intelligence (DAI) at the Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD).

As AI and machine learning continue to manifest in many parts of our lives, there have been more questions and concerns about ideas of “fairness” and algorithmic justice. What are the limitations of machine learning and AI as it is developed, used, and imagined? How do we counter bias? As we continue to live and work in our AI-driven Smart Cities, how do we work together to ensure better and fairer outcomes, towards justice and equality?

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