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AI Art & Aesthetics Exhibition “Pioneers and Extensions of AI Art” --- Player Piano, Quarter-Tone, Generative AI

  • Organization : Specified Nonprofit Corporation AI Patronage Group
  • Section : Artistic and creative activity in Tokyo
  • Type of Grant Program : Single
  • Art Forms : Music


We position the composition for the player piano, a technology preceding artificial intelligence as a “Pioneer of AI Art”, the composition by quarter-tone, unfamiliar to human ears as an “Extension of Human Aesthetics”, the composition and drawing by today’s Generative AI as an “Extension of AI Art”. Could these three intersections not bring forth a Machine Aesthetics unknown to humans? This project is a one-day event that brings an early 20th-century player piano and a piano tuned a quarter-tone lower across all its keys to a historic building constructed at the end of the 19th century. The event comprises a “Music Concert + AI Art Exhibition at the foyer and beyond + AI Art & Aesthetics Research Meeting Symposium.” It will feature a continuous live performance of Conlon Nancarrow’s “Studies for Player Piano” using roll paper, a world premiere duet between the player piano (unmanned) and the quarter-tone piano (manned), and showcases of compositions and art displays generated by the latest AI technology. We cordially invite you to witness these offerings. Performers include: Takuya Otaki (quarter-tone piano performance), Toshie Kakinuma (symposium speaker), Hideki Nakazawa, Mika Kusakari.


Specified Nonprofit Corporation AI Patronage Group
Established on April 7th, 2022, as the world’s first juridical person advocating for the protection and care of AI. In July, The 42nd AIAAR Meeting + AI Patronage Group “LaMDA / Luddite” (co-hosted). In December, Artificial Intelligence Art and Aesthetics Exhibition: Is it the composer’s fault that the performer has only 10 fingers? (Supported and Provided art works). In June 2023, The 44th AIAAR Meeting @ CAMK “ChatGPT and Contemporary Art: from the activities of AIAARG” (co-hosted).


Hideki Nakazawa, Mika Kusakari
Specified Nonprofit Corporation AI Patronage Group
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Sogakudo of the Former Tokyo Music School, Taito City, Tokyo