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European Day of Languages 2022

EDL 2022 poster
photo: European Commission

The European Day of Languages (EDL) is an annual initiative held every 26 September involving numerous language institutions, associations, universities and, in particular, schools. This day, which has been celebrated since 2001, is a unique opportunity to raise awareness of language learning and linguistic diversity.

Introducing Dataism: the Art Movement We Do Need to Understand

"Today", paintings by On Kawara
photo: Ben Davis

A reflection on the transformative power of data in art.

Dataism is an artistic practice that acknowledges how data has become humanity’s principal means of understanding nature, characterizing social processes, developing new technologies, and, increasingly, probing what makes us human. This way of making art is fueled by the conviction that art cannot escape, ignore, or bypass data if it wishes to remain relevant to the post-visual processes that shape our society. 

Artificial intelligence: deepfakes in the entertainment industry

photo: WIPO

Ever since the first Terminator movie was released, we have seen portrayals of robots taking over the world. Now we are at the beginning of a process by which technology—specifically, artificial intelligence (AI) — will enable the disruption of the entertainment and media industries themselves.

From traditional entertainment to gaming, we explore how deepfake technology has become increasingly convincing and accessible to the public, and how much of an impact the harnessing of that technology will have on the entertainment and media ecosystem.

X-rays, AI and 3D printing bring a lost Van Gogh artwork to life

The two wrestlers
photo: University College London

Using X-rays, artificial intelligence and 3D printing, two UCL researchers reproduced a “lost” work of art by renowned Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh, 135 years after he painted over it.

PhD researchers Anthony Bourached (UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology) and George Cann (UCL Space and Climate Physics), working with artist Jesper Eriksson, used cutting edge technology to recreate a long-concealed Van Gogh painting.

How an award-winning AI film was brought to life by text-to-video generation

photo: thenextweb.com

If you’re impressed by the recent spate of text-to-image generators, get ready for the next step in AI artistry: text-to-video. While the huge compute costs and scarcity of text-to-video datasets have stunted the technique’s growth, recent research has brought the promise closer to reality. A computer artist called Glenn Marshall has given a glimpse at the potential.

The Belfast-based composer recently won the Jury Award at the Cannes Short Film Festival for his AI film The Crow.

World's largest floating book 'sanctuary' spreads knowledge

People select books on board Logos Hope
photo: Xinhua

About 300 people from 60 countries are touring the world on board the largest-ever floating book fair to spread the joy of reading and bring hope and help to the needy. This is the mission of Logos Hope, a 132-meter-long ship that was placed into service in February 2009. It entered the Valletta harbor in Malta on July 12, where it is docked until the end of the month for bookworms of different ages to enjoy a world of books.

The crew members, from captains and chefs to those responsible for stacking the thousands of books on board, are all volunteers. 

Over 4200 people attended Birgitta Festival at Tallinn Pirita Convent

photo: Siim Vahur, www.tallinn.ee

After a two-year break, last week saw the Birgitta Festival, one of Tallinn’s signature music festivals, organised by the Tallinn Philharmonic. This year's spectacular music event, which took place in the ruins of Pirita Convent from 6 to 14 August, focused on the creation of the Finnish-Estonian musical bridge and attracted 4,244 music lovers to the unique concert venue.

A great excuse to share photos with the world

photo: Jozefm84, Pixabay

Every year, on 19 August, the World Photography Day is marked – a globally recognized celebration of the photograph and its history. What actually is World Photography Day, though, and why is does it take place on this particular date?

This is the date that recognizes the invention of the Daguerrotype, a process that was devised by the French artist and photographer, Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre in 1837. His idea was then effectively sold to the French Academy of Sciences, which subsequently gifted the process to the world on 19 August 1839.