Volume 1, Issue 1 (2023) Artificial Intelligence and Possible Futures for the Arts

How are recent innovations in Artificial Intelligence (AI)—ones that change art processes and appear to produce creative works—transforming the creation of art and knowledge? The pace of these innovations and the discussions surrounding them challenge traditions in the arts, design, and media fields and encourage (if not force) us to consider the possible futures of the arts.

The editorial board of Traditions-Innovations in the Arts, Design, and Media Higher Education invited artists, performers, designers, and media creators in higher education to become a part of the discussion about AI’s effects on the arts in this inaugural issue of the journal.

How can artists, performers, designers, and media creators balance innovations and traditions in the Arts, Design, and Media higher education, and what can we learn from our fields’ reactions to AI?

As a practitioner, scholar, or mentor, what strategies are you using to address AI’s challenges to your work in the arts?

How is AI changing the relationship between educators/mentors and students?

What traditional—centuries-old—practices are beyond the reach of artificially generated work, and why? What does this tell us about human creativity, and creative processes in the face of AI?

How can we influence AI platforms in visionary and productive ways? What is important to consider beyond an immediate reactive stance?

How can we respond to the unintended consequences of AI and participate in iterating positive advancements?

How can the arts empower contemporary society to identify longer-term opportunities—and challenges—of AI?.

This special issue call received so many fascinating—and often surprising—contributions that the guest editors decided to publish this issue in several parts over the course of several months. Julian Kilker introduces the first part, which includes three articles that stretch our understanding of artistic and research collaborations and presentations.

Josh Vermillion, UNLV School of Architecture, created the cover art for this special edition and the banner for the new journal using a workflow described in his article in this special issue.


Dancers performing under an undulating space / AI-generated by Josh Vermillion
Special Issue Editors Leah Howd, M.S., Fen Kennedy, Ph.D., Julian Kilker, Ph.D., Sarah O'Connell, MDra
Founding Editor

Yvonne Houy, Ph.D.

It has been a privilege working with the guest editors of this special edition who each brought a different perspective to the challenges and opportunities of this rapidly emerging technology.

A grateful thank you also goes out to the editorial board members of Tradition-Innovation in Art, Design, and Media Higher Education - Angela Brommel, Felice Amato, Keli DiRisio, Perrin Teal Sullivan, Nils Gore, J.R. Campbell, Sarah O'Connell, Fen Kennedy, and Leah Howd - and the numerous anonymous peer reviewers who generously gave their time and expertise for extensive comments to contributors.

Yvonne Houy, Founding Editor