To make interactive experiences and autonomous creations, artists need new kinds of tools

Digital artists make extensive use of software tools to create interactive, dynamic time-based works on a variety of media, including sound, images, videos, etc. Though a variety of creativity support tools are more or less popular with artists, to be used separately, in conjunction with each other, or to extend more “mainstream” multimedia creative tools—none of those usually offers explicit support to carry out two essential features of interactive works: advanced mapping of sensor information to media and complex scripting of interaction behaviors over time.

The most commonly employed tools do not benefit from recent advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence, which could provide novel and improved ways to achieve their artistic goals. On the other hand, though a few research-based tools provide such facilities, they lack common frameworks and are not necessarily compatible among themselves. The result is that artists tend to spend substantial amounts of time focusing on technical issues instead of on actual aesthetic work.

We are a community of researchers, developers, and artists formed to tackle this issue. Our goal is to facilitate the exchange of knowledge between these groups through an ecology of active dialog and collaboration.

By providing artists and practitioners with tools that are better adapted to their needs, we intend to empower their creative activities by allowing them to focus on their art and craft, instead of technical issues that should be transparent to creative users.