Robert B. Lisek

For his residency week, September 23-27, 2019 Robert B. Lisek brought with him some of his own equipment, including a PAL video mixer and other custom electronics. Robert spent time in the Expanded Media Analog Studio, with its Alfred custom and rare video image-processors. Lisek ran generative AI content through this system and explored the programmatic potential in these older more open design architectures, especially the Alfred Sandin IP. Robert generously held a seminar on AI and his artwork more broadly for Expanded Media Faculty and students. This event activated those who attended, with possibilities of decision / game AI approaches and their accessibility for artists, as opposed to big data AI. Robert again reached out to the Alfred Community with a Friday night Multi-media Performance, SUPRASYMMETRY in the Harder Hall lobby. Robert was joined by EIA MFA alumnus, Mykola Haleta who opened the memorable evening performance.

Robert B. Lisek is an artist, mathematician and composer who focuses on systems, networks and processes (computational, biological, social). He is involved in a number of projects focused on media art, creative storytelling and interactive art. Drawing upon post‐conceptual art, software art and meta‐media, his work intentionally defies categorization. Lisek is a pioneer of art based on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Lisek is also a composer of contemporary music, author of many projects and scores on the intersection of spectral, stochastic, concret music, musica futurista and noise. Lisek is also a scientist who conducts research in the area of foundations of science (mathematics and computer science). His research interests are category theory and high‐order algebra in relation to artificial general intelligence. Lisek is a founder of Fundamental Research Lab and ACCESS Art Symposium. He is the author of 300 exhibitions and presentations, among others: SIBYL ‐ ZKM Karlsruhe; SIBYL II ‐ IRCAM Center Pompidou; QUANTUM ENIGMA ‐ Harvestworks Center New York and STEIM Amsterdam; TERROR ENGINES ‐ WORM Center Rotterdam, Secure Insecurity ‐ ISEA Istanbul; DEMONS ‐ Venice Biennale (accompanying events); Manifesto vs. Manifesto ‐ Ujazdowski Castel of Contemporary Art, Warsaw; NEST ‐ ARCO Art Fair, Madrid; Float ‐ Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NYC; WWAI ‐ Siggraph, Los Angeles.


Robert B. Lisek research presentation in the Expanded Media, Advanced Video Studio


Robert B. Lisek research presentation in the Expanded Media, Advanced Video Studio


Robert B. Lisek research presentation in the Expanded Media, Advanced Video Studio


IEA Co-director Peer Bode (left) introduces the performance, SUPRASYMMETRY, with Mykola Haleta (center) & Robert B. Lisek (right)


Robert B. Lisek performance, SUPRASYMMETRY in the Harder Hall lobby


Robert B. Lisek performance, SUPRASYMMETRY in the Harder Hall lobby

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