A short video diary by Fabrizio Poltronieri about his Art-AI Festival installation, shown at Highcross Shopping Centre between 30 April and 13 May 2018. Fabrizio is a researcher/artist/coder at De Montfort’s Institute of Creative Technologies (Leicester). The installation was called “#LoveApparatus” – it was an artificial intelligence with its own Twitter account, @apparatus_love, that it used to reply to messages sent to it which had incorporated the hastag #LoveLeics. The AI was trained on a vast database of international poetry themed around ‘love’ and over the 2 weeks it was ‘live’ at Highcross, it learnt a great deal about love in the City of Leicester. More to follow on this in due course.
In support of the installation, the acclaimed Highcross Beacons, located at the St Peter’s Square entrance area of Highcross, were used to draw attention to the role of the AI and how to communicate with it – all imbued with love for the City. The Beacons comprise seven digital columns each standing over 3M, which were installed in 2016 as a focus for community engagement through public art. They were a very impressive way to draw attention to ‘an AI in the building’!
(image thanks to Tina Barton, Highcross Community Manager)