What is the relationship between art and artificial intelligence (AI)? Can AI become a tool for the contemporary artist? Does AI look at a painting the same way we do? 

Professor Luc Steels has conducted research on Flemish painter Luc Tuyman's artworks, which were on show during Tuymans’ prestigious 2019 La Pelle exhibition at Venice’s Palazzo Grassi. Several AI techniques were used to dive into the artist’s creative process, and ultimately support Tuymans and other artists in their visual research or artistic decisions.

A more comprehensive explanation of this process can be read in the article "Luc Tuymans through the Lens of AI" available on the MUHAI project website. Luc Steels is MUHAI project Scientific Coordinator for Venice International University. 

The results of this investigation were presented at the exhibition SECRETS, held at Bozar Brussels from April 3 to May 2, 2021.  

MUHAI – Meaning and Understanding in Human-centric AI – explores a radically new approach to push the envelope of Human-Centric Artificial Intelligence technology to come to grips with meaning and understanding. The VIU TEN Program is a partner of the project and leader of Work Package 4 – Communication, Dissemination and Ethics –under the coordination of Prof. Luc Steels, who is also MUHAI Scientific Coordinator. 

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020

research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 951846