October 14, 2020
Sophia Brueckner recently presented a new work, Under One Sky, and gave an artist talk at the 11th International Conference on Computational Creativity held this year in Portugal.
The ICCC conference series organized by the Association for Computational Creativity since 2010 is the only scientific conference that focuses on computational creativity alone. Computational creativity is the art, science, philosophy, and engineering of computational systems which, by taking on particular responsibilities, exhibit behaviors that unbiased observers would deem to be creative. As a field of research, this area is thriving, with progress in formalizing what it means for software to be creative, along with many exciting and valuable applications of creative software in the sciences, the arts, literature, gaming, and elsewhere.
In a recent statement about the work, Brueckner said:
In Under One Sky, I remix amateur YouTube videos of the sky from all over the world that I have collected for more than ten years. YouTube is a platform that is notorious for its toxicity, but, even over an entire decade, sky videos contain nothing but overwhelming kindness and generosity in their comments. In an online world where cruelty is the norm, skies and clouds are share-able, like-able, and universally beautiful. They are a way of sharing with people online without feeling like an overly self conscious performer or vulnerable to internet trolls. Sharing videos of skies is a way to connect with others online both creatively and spiritually in a way that feels safe.