The Researcher’s Tale

After graduating with a BA Honours degree in Art Education, I went on gain my first MA in Art Education to train myself to have good teaching skills. I am a lecturer; I have been teaching in an art and design college for ten years in two universities. Based on my experience as a young practising artist and as a lecturer, I keep thinking about what we need to learn and how. I continued learning about new technologies by contributing to many shows, starting with digital painting in 2000, then video art in 2010 and ending with AI in 2020. These experiences helped me to focus my questions about the roles of new technologies which can enhance artistic expression. I maintained an individual computer-based model of visual art practice.

Through my use of Adobe softwares with photos and films, I realized that I am using a simple kind of AI. Artist and computer have a relationship which is similar to that of a film director, a video editor, a storyteller. The artist has an original idea and then communicates with the person who actually produces the work under the direction of the artist. In an AI situation, it is a software which is the craftsman who makes the artist’s idea. The relationship between a human and a machine is similar to that between a pianist and a piano.

I do not have any formal scientific background or computer science training. I am an artist who is inquisitive person and fascinated by the key discoveries in all fields. The gauntlet was thrown down, and I decided that there was no way back for me. I had to undertake some serious research to meld my two passions, Art + Science, which leads me to want to prove how compatible they are with one another. I decided to undertake a practice-based PhD study in order to bring to the research a creative and visual approach. That way, I have never stopped being a researcher.

I am developing my creative process by making connections to enable me to understand the world. My work re-connects science to the way of seeing natural creationism. I have an innate understanding of science, and I want to use my art to interpret scientific discoveries. These connections will provide an opportunity to re-think my art practice through science. I developed my understanding of interdisciplinary studies between artists and scientists in order to investigate an interdisciplinary and collaborative model of art practice and to address the implications of this challenge to individual authorship.

During my MA Fine Art study at UAL, I asked my tutor to give me an opportunity to attend some courses in the MA Art & Science curriculum. This was the most significant opportunity I have ever had. I met Pat Pataranutaporn, the interdisciplinary technologist, scientist and artist. He is a part of a research group which specializes in designing on-body technology for human enhancement. Pat’s research is at the intersection of biotechnology and wearable computing, specifically at the interface between biological and digital systems. He made a workshop about Runway ML, a code-free tool which experiments with machine learning models in creative ways.