Rhizome: Signal Representation Theory for Artists with Max Ardito

Signal Representation Theory for Artists with Max Ardito
Saturday, December 2 at 2pm ET 
Onassis ONX Studio, 645 5th Avenue Lower Level, NY 10022

Rhizome is pleased to announce a new workshop, “Signal Representation Theory for Artists,” taught by Max Ardito and held in partnership with Onassis ONX studio, a hybrid production and exhibition space founded by the Onassis Foundation and NEW INC. 

Implicit in generative AI, computer software, programming languages, hardware, and data itself, lies an unspoken ideology to which we consent as both artists and consumers: that of signal representation. Signal representation theory is a field that is concerned with the representation of real-world phenomena—language, image, sound—through ideas and structures in pure mathematics. 

This workshop is geared towards artists who want to develop a rudimentary understanding of signal representation theory, and will focus heavily on sound, sometimes bleeding into the domains of image and language processing. Topics covered will include high, low, and latent dimensional audio signal representations, their material histories, and their relationships to various assumptions about auditory perception. Through these topics we will attempt to demystify a number of multifaceted concepts that are implied in the design of generative AI by analyzing the ways in which engineers aesthetically and phenomenologically represent the world through different mathematical models.
Image courtesy of Bri Griffin, Rhizome Community Designer. 
Now Online: Neural Net Aesthetics! 

If you weren’t able to catch Neural Net Aesthetics at the New Museum last month, documentation from the event is now online!

Hear from Maya Man and Refik Anadol about the ways they use AI in their practice, followed by a panel joining Nouf Aljowaysir, Michael Connor, and Eileen Isagon Skyers in conversation to discuss the implications AI has for digital art and culture. 
Watch on video.rhizome.org
Image: Michael Connor, Eileen Isagon Skyers, Maya Man, Refik Anadol, and Nouf Aljowaysir contemplate whether AI is more of a tool, or a co-creator at the New Museum during Neural Net Aesthetics, October 26 2023. Photo: Derek Wright.