South African Cultural Observatory

Café AI Dialogue on impact of AI on cultural and creative industries

BY 23.02.24

Café AI Artificial Intelligence: Rushed revolution or the holy grail of a creative future? The First National AI Dialogue in the Creative Sector

Join the South African Cultural Observatory and the Fak'ugesi African Digital Innovation festival in a first of its kind discussion and workshop on and its impact on the cultural and creative industries. Brought to you by GIZ and the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture

Join us for interesting debates, topic-focused breakout groups and a policy discussion on AI and it’s transformative effect on the CCIs.

The day will be framed by a discussion with a panel of specialists on AI in the cultural sector speaking for and against AI advancements.

What will you learn?

  • Gain insights into the ongoing debate on whether AI represents a rushed revolution or the holy grail of a creative future within the cultural and creative industries (CCIs).
  • Explore how AI impacts daily creative production, including its influence on creative work processes and output.
  • Understand the complexities of copyright, intellectual property (IP) ownership, and bias mitigation in the AI era, and discuss strategies for tackling these issues.
  • Learn about the potential effects of AI on job displacement, skills development, and the evolving workforce within the creative sector.
  • Participate in a policy discussion to explore potential regulatory frameworks and initiatives aimed at harnessing the transformative power of AI while addressing ethical and societal concerns.
  • These are just a few takeaways you can expect from the AI café event, where experts, policymakers, academics, and creatives will come together to explore the intersection of AI and the cultural and creative industries.

DETAILS:

  • Date: 13 March 2024
  • Time: 10am-4pm
  • Format: Hybrid (online and in person)
  • Venue: Tshimologong Precinct, 41 Juta Street, Braamfontien, Johannesburg

RSVP: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdCUf_dJh83t98sLNcvMfU_yL1Q_4ikkHN6zvrtmfcrs8jZvw/viewform

Join us in person at Tshimologong or via live YouTube stream:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYxatCsvahA

*Engage and chat live on screens in the room and with other participants using our platform. Register now gere: https://live.sodaworld.tv/cafeai

 

DRAFT PROGRAMME

Download the programme: sacocafeaifakugesigizprog13march2024v3

MORNING SESSION

  • 9:30-9:50am: Registration and Café AI industry matchmaking between South African policymakers, academics, creatives
    • Online rooms open at 9:45am
  • 10am: Introduction
    • MC Grace Meadows, (Southern Africa Arts Programme Manager at British Council)
    • Welcome: Unathi Lutshaba (SACO executive director)
    • Why are we here: Amy Shelver (SACO senior researcher and strategist, head of partnerships)
    • Greetings from partners: 
  • 10:15am: Debate – Motion: Artificial Intelligence: Rushed revolution or the holy grail of a creative future?
    • For the motion
    • Against the motion
      • Eduardo Cachucho- Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival Creative Director
      • Karabo Maiyane- Nelson Mandela University - AI ethics expert; Lecturer, Acting HoD Department of Philosophy
    • Rebuttal: each debater offers their rebuttal
    • Audience engagement
    • Synthesis
  • 11-11:30am: World Café AI – Setting the Scene for Workshop Topics
  • Tacking copyright, IP, ownership & mitigating against bias in the AI era
  • How AI impacts creative work and daily creative production
    • Louise Claassen - ORBmersive Co-founder & Executive Fellow at Henley Business School Africa
  • Jobs displacement, skills development, and keeping pace with AI
    • Kuben Nair - Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator: Technology Director
  • 11:30-12:30pm: World Café AI Workshop Breakaway groups
    • Work-groups focused on discussing issues, challenges and breakthroughs on 4 topics (in person and online):
      • iClub: Tacking copyright, IP, ownership, and mitigating against bias in the AI era
      • iClub: How AI impacts creative work and daily creative production
      • Glass Room: Jobs displacement, skills development, and keeping pace with AI
      • Online breakaway via Zoom: How can we turn a disadvantage into an advantage: Local value made global, IP protected?
  • 1:15-2pm: Light lunch

AFTERNOON SEGMENT: BY INVITATION

  • 2-4pm: Policy discussion - break off session for policymakers and experts
  • 2-3pm: Moderator: James French (IKS Cultural Consulting)
    • Why policy matters right now – envisaging the future
    • Introductions to speakers/ online facilitators 
    • Online Facilitator: Heike Pratsch (GIZ Global Program on Cultural and Creative Industries)
  • 3:15-4pm: Discussion:
    • Concerns, fears, experiences of making policy around AI and sector specific AI policy for the CCIs
    • Way Forward Workshop:
      • 3-5 practical things that government and policymakers can do now as the AI era dawns

 

 

 

 

Snapshot of the cultural and creative industries in South Africa Snapshot of the cultural and creative industries in South Africa

The SACO 2022 mapping study showed that the total contribution of the cultural and creative industries to South Africa’s GDP was R161 billion in 2020. This represents just under 3% of South Africa’s total economic production in 2020 and makes the sector approximately the same size as agriculture.

READ MORE
Umtiza Arts Festival Report Umtiza Arts Festival Report

On the 27th of May 2024, the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) took part in the 9th edition of the Umtiza Arts Festival in East London.

READ MORE

Better Africa Better World Better Africa Better World

May marked Africa month - a moment for the continent to pause, reflect, and celebrate the unique African identity and cultural expression.

READ MORE
50 Years of The National Arts Festival 50 Years of The National Arts Festival

2024 is a monumental year for the National Arts Festival as it celebrates 50 years of existence and 40 years of Standard Bank Young Artists Awards. These celebrations coincide with celebrating 30 years of Democracy in South Africa.

READ MORE

More News
Snapshot of the cultural and creative industries in South Africa Snapshot of the cultural and creative industries in South Africa

The SACO 2022 mapping study showed that the total contribution of the cultural and creative industries to South Africa’s GDP was R161 billion in 2020. This represents just under 3% of South Africa’s total economic production in 2020 and makes the sector approximately the same size as agriculture.

Umtiza Arts Festival Report Umtiza Arts Festival Report

On the 27th of May 2024, the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) took part in the 9th edition of the Umtiza Arts Festival in East London.

Better Africa Better World Better Africa Better World

May marked Africa month - a moment for the continent to pause, reflect, and celebrate the unique African identity and cultural expression.

50 Years of The National Arts Festival 50 Years of The National Arts Festival

2024 is a monumental year for the National Arts Festival as it celebrates 50 years of existence and 40 years of Standard Bank Young Artists Awards. These celebrations coincide with celebrating 30 years of Democracy in South Africa.

The cultural weight of democratic destiny: Building a creative, moving Mzansi The cultural weight of democratic destiny: Building a creative, moving Mzansi

South Africa, 30 years into democracy, faces a challenge in nurturing a culture of democracy that resonates with its youth. South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) executive director Unathi Lutshaba argues that harnessing the unifying power of culture can bridge this gap and drive positive societal change. The creative economy not only fuels economic growth but also reinforces democratic values, making it a vital component in shaping South Africa's future. Through continued research, advocacy, and collaboration, SACO envisions a Mzansi where creativity and democracy thrive together.

Connect with us