Open Sessions

Arts & Creativity in the Age of AI


Sam Holland
Dean, Meadows School of the Arts

Long considered an exclusive domain of human intelligence, art and creativity are rapidly being redefined by intelligent technology. As work activities begin to increasingly rely on imagination, innovation, and emotional intelligence, how will the work force of the future balance creativity and technical aptitude? Can a robot express itself artistically? Is it be possible for a machine to reflect on its own work? With such questions surfacing, it is reasonable to start asking ourselves how the value placed on technical aptitude will change in years to come.

Dr. Holland, a distinguished cultural and artistic leader from SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, will share information and insights from research about the expanding and evolving influence of technology on the arts, creativity, and self-expression. You will have the opportunity to explore and discuss:

  • How technology is redefining arts, creativity, and self-expression
  • What AI and other emerging technology means for traditional art forms
  • The implications of recent collaborations between art and technology
  • How immersive technologies will transform the arts