Prompt Art: Novel Words on Creativity and Art

Lecture / Panel
Open to the Public



WhiteBox Arts Space presents a discussion at NYU's Emerging Media Playground Tandon @ The Yard "Prompt Art: Novel Words on Creativity and Art"

Is AI making art too easy? Or is it expanding artistic horizons? Panelists Carla Gannis, Mikhail Epstein, Marat Guelman and Raina Marie Valentine join moderator Ali Hossaini to discuss AI's impact on art. Taking place at NYU's emerging media playground, Tandon @ The Yard, the event features immersive artworks by the speakers and author / painter Vladimir Sorokin, who used AI to transform his surreal novel, Blue Lard, into pictures.

NYU Tandon @ The Yard's Director of Production Todd Bryant will present opening remarks.

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About the Panelists:

Mikhail Epstein is a Russian American scholar, essayist and cultural theorist. 

Carla Gannis is a transmedia artist and Industry Professor at NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

Marat Guelman is a collector, op-ed columnist and the Director Guelman Gallery.

Ali Hossaini is an American artist, philosopher, producer and Visiting Senior Research Fellow at King's College.

Raina Marie Valentine is a collector, curator, writer and Director at Pace Gallery.

About Vladimir Sorokin:

Vladimir Georgiyevich Sorokin is a contemporary postmodern Russian writer and dramatist. He has been described as one of the most popular writers in modern Russian literature. Vladimir Sorokin's exhibition BLUE LARD #cancelrussianculture is a bold experiment that combines the great legacy of classical literature with innovative AI technologies. The exhibition's title, Blue Lard, refers to Sorokin's iconic novel in which cloned Russian literary classics are transformed in a Siberian laboratory, giving birth to a unique product known as "blue lard." This everlasting Lard accumulated inside the bodies of the writers during the writing process—in this case of the clones of famous Russian writers from Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky to Akhmatova—those clones look almost like their human originals but at this time and place, they remain less than human – and, thus, monstrous." B. Groys.

Exhibit Info:

April 2 - May 4, 2024

BLUE LARD #cancelrussianculture

Special thanks to NYSCA, New York Review of Books, and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs for their support of this program and NYU Tandon School of Engineering and the Integrated Digital Media program for hosting this event.