SAAI – Super Artistic AI – Factory

is a collaborative platform for artistic production and Ai technology

SAAI–Super Artistic AI–Factory is the first contemporary art based hackathon on artificial intelligence. SAAI Factory calls for hackers, artists, coders, designers, tech evangelists, creatives, and developers from all disciplines to explore artificial intelligence as a means and field of artistic practice.

The project aims to foster cross-disciplinary knowledge exchange and new approaches towards artistic production: How does the interaction between humans, AI, datasets and neural networks shape the artistic process? How can we foster interoperability, or synesthesia, between the four domains of text, music, image and movement? Can AI share the momentum of creation, when inspiration comes into being?

SAAI Factory will provide for a space to experiment and prototype AI driven artistic projects and support selected works. The process starts with an open call for artistic proposals followed by a second call for skills for tech-savvy practitioners willing to contribute. Internationally renown and dedicated mentors of the field will review the artistic proposals and check them for feasibility, tools and skills needed to realize the project. A period of online social encounter and match-making will form international teams around the artistic proposals. 

In Summer 2021, in an international hybrid hackathon the participants will come together and join forces to prototype, experiment and work on the realization of the artistic ideas. The hackathon will take place both locally - in Hamburg, Zurich, Lagos, Thuwal, Riyadh, Dubai, Mumbai, Bangalore, and San Francisco - and virtually. By the end of the hackathon, all prototypes will be presented to the international community. 

A board of mentors and partners will select six prototypes that will be rewarded with $2,000 and the opportunity to create a further developed version of their work for exhibitions and showcases at the ZKM Karlsruhe, KAUST Thuwal, and the 1st AI-Biennale in Essen e.a. in spring 2022. Further production support will be provided. All involved creators, project ideas and prototypes will be presented during the exhibition as well. 

SAAI Factory

Rough Sketches for the Factory Concept

sketch 1

Interaction & Interoperability

sketch 2

4 Domains & 1 Cloud

How it works:

1 ) Register with skills or ideas until August 6th.
2 ) Build international teams, consisting of artists and coders, max 5 persons.
3 ) Local hackathons and interim presentation scheduled for August 20/21st.
4 ) Deadline for final projects is on September 14th.

Mentors and Partners

More to come ...

Bettina Steinbrügge

Kunstverein in Hamburg

Director of the Kunstverein and professor of art theory at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg



Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the Visual Computing Center at KAUST, Thuwal

Eike Langbehn

University of Applied Sciences

Professor for Media Informatics at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, member of IEEE and ACM

Archana Prasad

Jaaga, Bangalore

Works at the conjunction of visual art, technology and urban community art. Founder & Director of Jaaga

Ludger Brümmer

ZKM - Center for Art and Media

Professor for Composition and digital media and director of the Hertz Lab at the Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe

Florian Dohmann

Birds on Mars, Berlin

Co-founder and chief creative of Birds on Mars, experienced with data, AI & digital change, technologist & artist at YQP

Nidhi Joshi

University of Hamburg

Research Associate at the Human-Computer Interaction Group of the Department of Informatics at University of Hamburg

Anurag Priyadarshi

Scientist Tech, Bangalore

Founder & Lead AI Engineer at Scientist Tech|Urban AI, member at Association for the advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)


Clindworld, Hamburg

Product Manager, Clintworld GmbH, Hamburg

Barry Reese

Capgemini, Munich

Data and AI specialist at Capgemini Germany, Munich

Paulina Zybinska

ZHDK Zurich

Master Design - Interaction Design, Zurich University of the Arts

Christoph Faulhaber


Conceptual artist, filmmaker, director and author

Submission will start June 4.

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