Interfinity: Artificial Art

Various Locations

The Interfinity concert festival is a unique event that offers a fascinating mix of high-caliber international and local artists in innovative and genre-crossing concerts; over the past few years, it has become an established part of Basel’s annual musical calendar. With a lot of dedication, the organizers draw from the huge well of music and present a surprising palette of musical styles where composers, ensembles, professors, and musicians meet in the infinity of the musical universe. From Baroque, Classic, and Romanticism to contemporary music they are exploring with great curiosity the endless worlds of sound.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is an important topic and has a lasting impact on our society. An exciting three-part series from takes a closer look at the possibilities of modern AI and its impact on art and society.

March 18 at 19:30 (Novartis Pavilion): To kick things off, there will be a panel discussion in the new Novartis Pavilion with Prof. Dr. Martin Vetterli (President EPFL), Prof. Dr. Bianca Prietl and Prof. Dr. Heiko Schuldt (University of Basel), Damir Bogdan (CEO QuantumBasel), Dr. Frank Petersen (Head of Research for Natural Products Novartis), and Prof. Dr. em. Gerd Folkers (ETHZ) on AI. An apéro will be served afterwards. This event is free but you are asked to register bindingly with the names of all visitors to

March 19 at 19:30 (Novartis Pavilion): In a lecture recital entitled “On the way to an artificial paradise,” the writer Alain Claude Sulzer devotes himself to the eternal dream of an artificial paradise. “Intoxicating” works by Scriabin, Ornstein, Bartok, and Bach, played by “Rising Star” pianist Denis Linnik, complete the evening. An apéro will be served afterwards. This event is free but you are asked to register bindingly with the names of all visitors to

March 20 at 19:30 (Voltahalle IWB): In a “game show,” a human composer competes against an AI composition in five chapters. The audience hears two versions per chapter and piece and chooses which piece was AI and which was human. The pieces are composed in the style of Bach, Chopin, Messiaen, Bartok, and Brahms and are played by a human ensemble (even the musicians do not know which pieces were composed by a human and which by AI). Anna Sowa, Amador Buda, Tobias Krebs, Johannes Raiser, and Leonard Schick compose the “human” pieces. The well-known Latvian composer Platons Buravickis “created” the AI compositions. Fascinating visual arts by Luca Scarzella and Michele Innocente (“Tinguely Entangled”) accompany the performance. The performance will be moderated and supplemented by scientific interludes in collaboration with the Responsible Digital Society research network based at the University of Basel. At the subsequent apéro (included in the ticket price), AI scientists (from ethicists to medical researchers) mingle with the audience and look forward to answering questions about AI. The event will open with a speech by Government Councilor Conradin Cramer. Please scan the QR code at the entrance to the Voltahalle in order to be able to take part in the voting using your smartphone.
Admission to the “Artificial Art—Human Composers vs. AI” game show, including apéro, is CHF 30 (CHF 20 for people under age 28).


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