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. We invite projects throughout all artistic domains: Text, Writing, Music, Sound, Image, Pictures, Movement and Motion.

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 renowned 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. Team building should be finished by August 8th, 2021.

Program Chairs

Christoph Faulhaber


Artist, Filmmaker, Director and Author,
Founder of SAAI Factory


Thuwal & San Francisco

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

Regional Chairs

Paulina Zybinska


Creative Technologist and Interaction Design Lecturer at Zurich University of the Arts

Archana Prasad


Founder & Director of Dara.Network, BeFantastic & Jaaga, Bangalore

Marc Schipper


Professor of Psychology at APOLLON University of Applied Sciences as well as at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Ottersberg

Judith Okonkwo


Founder & Director of Imisi3D Lagos

Areej Al-Wabil


Director of the AI Center, Alfaisal University

Amita Desai


Honorary Representative of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

Francesca Serra


Senior Communications Officer, CEMSE, KAUST

Mohammed Ibrahim Jega


Entrepreneur and Technology Startup Founder

Jury Members

Bettina Steinbrügge

Kunstverein in Hamburg

Director of the Kunstverein and Professor of Art Theory at the Academy of Fine Arts 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)

Michelle Cheung


Product Designer at Facebook AI

Luba Elliott


Creative AI Researcher and AI Art Curator

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

Peter Kabel

HAW Hamburg

Serial Entrepreneur and Professor für Interaction Design at HAW Hamburg

Barry Reese

Capgemini, Munich

Data and AI specialist

Lia Coleman


Artist, AI researcher, Adjunct Professor at Rhode Island School of Design

Isaac Sullivan

Artist, Dubai

Assistant Professor of Visual Arts at Zayed University in Dubai

Werner Bogula

ARIC Hamburg

Digital Enabler at Artificial Intelligence Center Hamburg (ARIC)

Célia Bugniot

Multi-disciplinary, Multi-media

Head of Business Veesual AI for experiences and creativity

Adela Goldbard

Mexico & Providence

Artist and Filmmaker, Assistant Professor at Rhode Island School of Design

Christoph Schindler

HSLU Lucerne

Head of the Bachelor's Programme in Object Design

Areej Al-Wabil

RIAD & Boston

Director of the AI Center at Alfaisal University

Mohammed Ibrahim Jega


Entrepreneur and Technology Startup Founder

Christoph Faulhaber


Artist, Filmmaker and Founder of SAAI Factory

Tristan Behrens


AI Expert, AI Musician

Submissions for 2021 are now closed

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