Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


The students get acquainted with posthuman thought and transdisciplinary approach to artistic, societal and philosophical questions concerning artificial intelligence. The topics include current AI technologies, post- and transhumanism and sensing machines in artistic practice. During the course, the discussion is raised from the students' disciplines in dialogue with the readings. The students get an overarching experience of transdisciplinary practice towards complex phenomena. The course includes an exhibition.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 27.10.2020 - 19.11.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Jaana Okulov, Tim Smith

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Jaana Okulov, Juuso Tervo

Contact information for the course (valid 30.09.2020-21.12.2112):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Art and AI is a course for anyone interested in the artistic possibilities of AI-systems. Art made with AI has a distinct aesthetic quality that divides opinions. What role does the artist have in computer-generated artwork? How the co-evolution of human and machine affect art? Course discusses the ethical, aesthetic and social dimensions of artificial intelligence and machine learning in relation to arts. Through shared discussion, reading, technological practices and artistic work we propose possible futures for AI. Material and sensory nature of the machine is discussed as a starting point for understanding it in a new light.

    Course includes lectures, group presentations and artistic work. During the course students will create artistic proposals of possible futures of AI. The course ends with an exhibition put together from these proposals.

  • Applies in this implementation:

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Attendance 20% of the grade
    Participation in class 20% of the grade
    Final work 60% of the grade.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Contact teaching 36h
    Group work 42h
    Independent work 57h

    80% attendance required


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Art and AI literature. Open AI tools. Online AI platforms.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    No prerequisites

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    17 Partnerships for the Goals


Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    Tue 27.10 Intro to Art and Artificial Intelligence

    Thu 29.10 Currents in AI Art

    Tue 3.11 AI & co-creativity (Riina Lundman guest lecture)

    Thu 5.11 Ethical AI

    Tue 10.11 Merging with a machine

    Thu 12.11 Towards an exhibition

    Tue 17.11 Independent work

    Wed 18.11 Independent work

    Thu 19.11 Online exhibition opening