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Tate announces four ideas shortlisted for the 2016 IK Prize for digital creatives

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Four ideas responding to artificial intelligence have been shortlisted for Tate’s 2016 IK Prize, now in its third year, which challenges digital creatives to explore the Tate collection in new ways. Looking at the relationship between artificial intelligence and art, the prize, in partnership with Microsoft, will award a £15,000 prize to the winning individual, team or company, plus a further £90,000 to realise their idea later in 2016.

The four shortlisted projects are Ross Frame and Tom Wyatt’s proposal to give artworks the power to daydream, The Wandering Intelligence of Art; Michel Erler’s Texting Tate, an experiment to see if a machine can learn to describe artworks as well as humans; Angelo Semeraro, Coralie Gourguechon and Monica Lanaro of Fabrica’s virtual archivist, which is able to match artworks with various sources across the internet; and Unit Lab’s proposed AI artist-in-residence learning to create art, titled OSCAR.

The shortlist was selected by a panel including Tate Britain director Alex Farquharson, Paul Brennan of Somethin’ Else, digital artist Marguerite Humeau, journalist Aleks Krotoski and Microsoft Research lab director Eric Horvitz.

The winner will be announced in late spring.