Improvisational Interfaces is an Australian Research Council funded international research collaboration lead by Jon McCormack (SensiLab at Monash University in Melbourne), Mark d’Inverno (Goldsmith’s College in London), and Francois Pachet (Sony Computer Science Laboratories in France). The purpose of this project is to understand how technology can actively support an artist – accelerate a person’s creative development, boost their individual creativity, and help them achieve creative states conducive to the best artistic discovery.
The project aims to develop new interactive computer systems to enhance people’s creativity ability, irrespective of their current level of training or artistic skill. It will build interactive computer systems that intelligently interact and perform with artists in real time – systems that adapt to and learn about a person’s creative style, dexterity, and proficiency in general. The focus is on improvisational interaction, where people and computers seamlessly and naturally join in creative dialogue – in “flow states”. As this dialogue progresses it grows in nuance and virtuosity, even as the human artist’s capacity and insight expand. To achieve all this, the project sets three specific goals:
- Develop improvisational human-machine interfaces with response and processing times fast enough to facilitate real-time collaboration between humans and machines in a variety of creative tasks.
- Investigate how interactive computational systems can actively encourage flow states of creative discovery that significantly improve and support an artist’s creative practice.
- Devise innovative computational systems that learn the style of the artists they interact with, and assist its development based on their behaviour and creative ability.