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A.I. Art with Jamal Collins and Alfred Cowger

April 22, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm



Only a few years ago, art created by computers sounded like science-fiction. Now, all it takes is a scroll on social media to encounter this latest art world phenomenon. But how does artificial intelligence create art in the first place? And where do traditional artists fit into the equation?


On Saturday, April 22nd, 2:00 – 3:00pm, join the Artists Archives for a fascinating conversation with artist/designer Jamal Collins and lawyer Alfred Cowger which not only explores how artificial intelligence is being used to produce artwork, but also investigates A.I.’s impact on notions of originality and ownership.


Jamal Collins has over a decade of experience as a designer, educator and mentor to budding artists in underserved Cleveland neighborhoods. “Artificial intelligence has the power to do some incredible things, but it will never be able to fully replace the ingenuity of the human mind,” Collins reflects. “As a designer, I’ve always used cutting edge technology to communicate my vision. At its core, A.I. is just the latest tool to enhance and augment our creativity. It’s the new gold rush. So, let’s embrace the power of technology, but never forget the value and importance of our own artistry.”


Cowger, whose practice includes intellectual property law, has written a number of articles and podcasts on legal issues related to A.I., as well as a book focused on the impact of algorithms on civil rights. “Artificial intelligence is, literally, creating a whole new world of art,” Cowger explains. “Algorithms are creating ‘original’ art, sometimes without actual input by humans, and sometimes based upon a database of existing art.  Does work created by artificial intelligence qualify as real ‘art’, and if so, who is the artist?  Are the artists whose works the algorithms reference entitled to claim copyright violations or some ownership? These are just some examples of the fascinating ramifications of artificial intelligence on the art world.”


A.I. Art with Jamal Collins and Alfred Cowger will be held in-person in the Artists Archives gallery and online. The event will conclude with an audience Q&A.


Need special accommodations? We’re happy to help! Email info@artistsarchives.org to plan your visit or call 216-721-9020 for assistance. We’re looking forward to seeing you!


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Jamal Collins at Fresh Fest 2022. Courtesy of Imago Dei Creative Labs

About Jamal Collins: Jamal Collins is a highly skilled designer, artist, and educator with over 10 years of experience teaching graphic design, marketing, video, photography, and content creation. He is passionate about empowering young creatives, entrepreneurs, and business owners with the resources and skills they need to succeed in the creative field. Through his organization, The Creative Kids Group, Collins provides an immersive and comprehensive visual education that fosters creativity, critical thinking, and social awareness, and prepares individuals for client-based practices. His programs include training on marketing, branding, and promotion, and culminate in opportunities for individuals to showcase their work. In addition to his work with The Creative Kids Group, Collins offer workshops and coaching for creative professionals to grow their businesses. To keep up on the latest from Jamal, visit his website, or follow him on Facebook and Instagram




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Alfred Cowger

About Alfred Cowger: Alfred Cowger is a sole practitioner who has served as in-house counsel to a number of high-tech businesses, including those making commercial use of A.I., and has also been pro bono counsel on a variety of civil rights cases. He has written a number of articles, podcasts and presentations on legal issues related to A.I., including THE THREATS OF ALGORITHMS AND AI TO CIVIL RIGHTS, LEGAL REMEDIES, AND AMERICAN JURISPRUDENCE: ONE NATION UNDER ALGORITHMS (Lexington Books, 2020). Cowger is a graduate of Cornell University and Case Western Reserve University Law School.


April 22, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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