Speaking at Christie's London, 16th Nov 2022
Data Science for Arts and Culture revisited at the Art Business: Up-to-the-Minute event
As some of you may know, Data Science for Arts and Culture is a lecture series I have been giving since 2019. In total I have given the talk in five countries and in ten different locations. I consider it one of my flagship projects.
A lot of the ideas in the lectures were conceived before the pandemic. Yet, much changed in the art world when COVID-19 stuck. Cultural and creative activities in cities came to a sudden halt. As activity returns to normal, I’ve taken some time to reflect on some of the changes I’ve noticed. In a new 2022/2023 series of Data Science for Arts and Culture I provide insight into a few new trends.
The lecture series is mostly technical but it is highly visual. I start with an overview of cultural and art market data. I explore how these data have been used in the field of cultural analytics to draw insights and value.
After that, I focus on various data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence techniques and how they are used in tandem to perform cultural data science, computational photography and creative AI. I show how these technologies are changing the arts and culture industry, and how they can be used to create new opportunities.
When the pandemic struck, I noticed a monumental shift happening where cultural and creative production and consumption was being migrated online to platforms such as Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Twitch and TikTok like never before. Individual creators, small businesses and cultural institutions were substituting in-person cultural experience with online alternatives.
A new addition to my lecture series is a stronger appreciation for content creators — a discipline known as creator studies has emerged in recent years to study these individuals — and how creators have used their content and reach to influence brands, institutions and in the art world.
I am currently planning a comprehensive revision of the lecture series to be launched in 2023, but if you’d like to get a sneak peak before anyone else you can catch me talking at the Art Business: Up-to-the-Minute event at Christie's auction house in London on the 16th November 2022. I'll be joining alongside a group of highly esteemed speakers and I encourage you to sign up at this link.
Look forward to seeing some of you there!
P.S. It’s been a while! Q2 and Q3 were both very busy quarters for me at the Alice Camera. Even though I didn’t get much time to take a break, I have been finding short moments to consolidate my thoughts and ideas. I’m hoping to get out a couple more posts this year!