Online seminar: Avatars for All
Date: 27/05/2021, 16.00 do 19.30 CET
Organizers: Ladislav Suntar Faculty of Design and Art, Holon Institute of Technology
Lecturer: Eyal Gruss, Ph.D.
Abstract: How can you be anybody in Zoomspace? Very recent developments in deep learning, allow the creation of synthetic media of unprecedented quality and ease. The first-order-motion model can do facial re-enactment in real-time, provided with only a single image of your desired avatar. This came not a moment too soon, as Human communication was forced to move online due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Can this be an opportunity to fulfil the long-promised cybernetic utopia, where we could shed our physical shells and become however, we wish to be? And how does this pertain to issues of privacy, identity, and trust? I will review contemporary technologies and show how I use them in my artistic and activist practices. This is a hands-on participatory and creative tutorial, where you will create deep-fake videos using your materials, and play with various options of becoming an online avatar. No prior knowledge is needed. I will also introduce and demo the first available purely online solution for live real-time avatars from the webcam, and show how I try to make these state-of-the-art technologies accessible to a wide audience using Google Colab. repo: github.com/eyaler/avatars4all
Teaser and video invitation
Technical requirements: Computer with webcam, Zoom, GMail account, good Internet
Bio: Eyal is a new-media artist and machine learning researcher. He holds a Ph.D. in physics and is a Talpiyot graduate. Eyal creates poetry, interactive installations, computer-generated art, algorithmic poetry, audio-visual performances, AI art, and online interventions. Eyal also runs a new-media opportunities newsletter and hosts a mini-residency for new-media artists interested in AI.