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Aberrant Creativity

Unusual Partnerships Between Humans and Machines

An International Exhibition Call for Artists

Deadline: August 15, 2023
Exhibition Dates: Nov. 14-Dec. 15, 2023

The School of Performance, Visualization and Fine Arts at Texas A&M University and the Arts Council of the Brazos Valley announce a call for work for Aberrant Creativity, a juried, international art exhibition.

The rise of artificial intelligence-generated art has made many artists rightly nervous. How artists can properly respond to AI is a pressing and open question.

Donna Harraway, in her “Cyborg Manifesto” (1985) wrote: “The machine is not an it to be animated, worshiped and dominated. The machine is us, our processes, an aspect of our embodiment. We can be responsible for machines; they do not dominate or threaten us. We are responsible for boundaries; we are they.”

With this exhibition, we want to create a space to explore the boundaries between our machines and ourselves; an opportunity for artists to challenge AI, to seduce AI into creative partnership, or lead it astray into play and joy. We hope to encourage responsible artistic experiments in embodiment and subversion, invention and hacking, community and connection between the human and the machine, and to exhibit these endeavors as opportunities to enter a strange new world.

Alongside the physical exhibition, there will be a virtual twin hosted online. The virtual exhibition will be live one week after the physical exhibition has opened. The link will be made public and shared at the time of the installation.

Submission Guidelines Submit an Artwork


This call for artwork is open worldwide to artists using artificial intelligence in their creative workflows. Submissions must feature original works created in collaboration with AI, or works that explore the relationship between human and AI in the creative process. This can include, but is not limited to, works that incorporate AI algorithms, machine learning and other forms of technology as integral components in the creative process.

We will accept works in the following categories:

● Virtual/augmented/mixed reality works
● 360 videos
● Print work
● 2D and 3D digital works
● Time-based works
● Installations (Interactive and non-interactive)
● Game-based works
● Generative art
● Sculpture
● Traditional flat work

There will be two submission categories for the purposes of jurying and awards: one targeted toward university-level students and one for professional artists. All works must be original and not violate any copyright laws.


● Best in Show: $500
● Aesthetics: $250
● Creative Process: $250
● Innovation: $250
● Best of Student Category: $250


● Application deadline: Aug. 15, 2023
● Acceptance notification: Sept. 30, 2023
● Exhibition opens: Nov. 14, 2023
● Exhibition closes: Dec. 15, 2023


The Arts Council of Brazos Valley
4180 Texas 6 Frontage Road
College Station, TX 77845

About the Organizers

School of Performance, Visualization and Fine Arts

The visual and performing arts are well-established and respected programs at Texas A&M. On Sept. 1, 2022, our dance science, performance studies and visualization programs joined forces to combine these strengths with world-renowned Aggie expertise in science, engineering and technology. The result: Students will gain the practical, real-world skills and theoretical frameworks needed to become leaders in the highly competitive fine arts world of the 21st century.

The School of Performance, Visualization and Fine Arts is for students who love to imagine, create, learn and grow. It’s for those who love to explore new ways of seeing the world and who understand the magic that can happen when beauty and technology merge. Leading this new program are faculty and staff with significant experience working at the intersection of theory and practice across the arts, sciences and technology. They include dancers, directors, computer graphics engineers, composers, art historians, sound technologists — and much more.

The Arts Council of Brazos Valley

For 50 years, the Arts Council has served the community with one driving mission: to make the arts accessible to all residents and visitors of the Brazos Valley through funding, promotion, advocacy, professional development and partnership building programs.

We are a multifaceted arts organization supporting over 60 affiliate arts, culture and heritage organizations, regional
artists and creative businesses, over 350,000 residents in seven counties, Texas A&M University, Blinn College and over 3.5 million Brazos Valley regional visitors annually.

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