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SAAI Factory invites artists, designers, coders, technologists and creatives from all disciplines to explore artificial intelligence as a means and field of artistic practice.

Our Open Call invites proposals that curiously, critically, and enthusiastically engage with the current possibilities of AI technology and propose alternatives to current developments such as style transfer.

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 participation with either artistic ideas and/or technical skills. A period of online social encounter and match-making will form international teams around the artistic projects. Internationally renown and dedicated mentors of the field will give talks, workshops and guidance throughout the hackathon. 

All partaking creators, project ideas and prototypes will be presented at the International Summer Festival in Hamburg. Six projects will be selected by the jury for post-production. These projects and prototypes from the hackathon will be shown in subsequent showcases and exhibitions around the world, such as ZKM – Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, 1st AI-Biennale in Essen, KAUST University in Thuwal, and others.

How it works: You can register with skills or ideas. We encourage you to build international teams, consisting of artists and coders, max 5 persons.


SAAI Factory process:

• Call for Skills and Ideas

• Match-Making – international interdisciplinary team building process

• Hackathon – online as well as in-person at several partner institutions

• Interim Presentation – international presentation during the hackathon on August 21st, 2021

• Submission of final projects until September 14th 

• Production – selected teams continue to work on their prototypes 

• Exhibitions and Showcases 

We hope that SAAI Factory will give access to the means of production within the field of artificial intelligence, empower and connect new creators for the field.

Submission open until Sept. 14th


Hackathon Locations

Final Locations will be presented on the competition website at (Hamburg, Zurich, Lagos, Thuwal, Mumbai, Bangalore, ...)


Partner Institutions

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International Summer Festival, Hamburg

Kunstverein in Hamburg

KAUST, Thuwal

Alfaisal, Riyadh

ZKM, Karlsruhe

ZHDK, Zurich

HAW Hamburg

HKS Ottersberg

ARIC Hamburg

AI Biennale Essen

Goethe Institutes in: Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Lagos, San Francisco

Funded by:

German government, the Department of Culture and Media

Ministry of Culture and Media - India Week Hamburg

Allianz Kulturstiftung

Ministry of Culture, Hamburg

Kalkbreite, Zurich