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Join us for an evening where the science and technologies of artificial intelligence meet the arts and theories of cinema.

The King's Festival of Artificial Intelligence is thrilled to announce the launch of Cinema and Machine Vision: Artificial Intelligence, Aesthetics and Spectatorship, a new book by Dr Daniel Chávez Heras that explores how AI is reshaping our understanding of film and television through the automation of vision. Cinema and Machine Vision (Edinburgh University Press) delves deep into the computing technologies that are driving this transformation in visual culture and the new ways of analysing, producing, and enjoying movies.

Meet the author as he engages in conversation with critic and journalist Will DiGravio for the recording of a special episode of the Video Essay Podcast, the first one to be produced in front of a live audience! Bring your questions and join the conversation to learn about key applications and implications of AI in contemporary visual culture and the creative industries. Whether you are a student or established practitioner, a filmmaker or a technologist; if you are curious about how to re-think cinema through AI, this is an event you will not want to miss!

There will be a reception after the event to further celebrate the launch of Dr Daniel Chávez Heras' new book. Event attendees are all welcome at the reception.


Dr Daniel Chávez Heras is a Lecturer in Digital Culture and Creative Computing at King’s College London. His research combines critical frameworks in the history and theories of cinema, television, and photography, with advanced technical practice in creative and scientific computing, including applied machine learning technologies. He has worked extensively in interdisciplinary design and creative industries, in Mexico and in the UK, with cultural institutions such as the British Council and the BBC. He is a member of the Computational Humanities Research Group, and the Creative AI Lab in partnership with the Serpentine Galleries in London.

Will DiGravio is a journalist, critic, and researcher based in New York City. He is a regular contributor to Senses of Cinema, Millennium Film Journal, and the magazine Cineaste, where he is an assistant editor. His video essays have screened at festivals and conferences throughout the United States and Europe, including the International Film Festival Rotterdam. He is an associate editor at Screenworks, the journal of screen media practice research.

This event is in-person only. Please register on Eventbrite. Registration will close at 9am on Monday 20 May.

This event is part of the King's Festival of Artificial Intelligence, running from Tuesday 21 to Saturday 25 May 2024.

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Daniel Chávez Heras

Lecturer in Digital Culture and Creative Computing

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Strand Campus
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