Online workshop on Agency, Life, and Creativity

February 18, 2022 - February 19, 2022
Department of Philosophy, Universität Konstanz



  • Karst Stiftung


Universität Konstanz


Universität Konstanz

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Dear all,

I am pleased to announce the two-day online workshop on “Agency, Life, and Creativity” . Registration is free of charge and everybody is invited to participate. The workshop is funded by the Karst Stiftung, University of Konstanz and organised by Dr. Caterina Moruzzi, Department of Philosophy, University of Konstanz.


18-19 February 2022


Online, on the platform Zoom. To register, please contact the organiser at [email protected] 


This workshop brings together experts from different disciplines - philosophy, computer science, and the arts - who share an interest for one or more of the notions of agency, life, and creativity. Its aim is that of discussing the reciprocal influence that these notions have on one another when we attribute them to natural or artificial systems. Talks have been grouped under four main titles: `The Nature of Creativity', `New Paradigms of Creativity', `Life and Learning in Artificial Agents', and `Artificial Agents and Scientific Discoveries'. The influence of the questions asked during each presentation, however, extends beyond its own section, to involve cross-disciplinary and cross-thematic discussions on the nature of agency, life, and creativity, and their implementation in artificial systems.


Friday 18 February 2022

09:40-09:45 Opening remarks

The Nature of Creativity

09:45-11:15 Dr. Ulrike Pompe-Alama, University of Stuttgart: “Sorry, I didn’t mean to make you laugh!” On the Role of Intent in Creativity

11:30-13.00 Prof. Geraint Wiggins, Vrije Universiteit Brussel & Queen Mary University of London: Creativity, Meaning and Consciousness: A Challenge to Artificial Intelligence

New Paradigms of Creativity

13:45-15:15 Liat Grayver, Artist: Holistic Technologies - Algorithm for the Body and Mind

15:30-17:00 Prof. Dr. Oliver Deussen and Marvin Gülzow, University of Konstanz: e-David: How Painting Strategies Influence Creativity in Robotic Painting

Saturday 19 February 2022

Life and Learning in Artificial Agents

09:45-11:15 Prof. Dr. Claus Beisbart, University of Bern: How Much Life in “Game of Life”? On the Possibility of Computer-based Artificial Life

11:30-13.00 Prof. Dr. Justus Piater, University of Innsbruck: Learning as a Creative Process in Humans and Machines

Artificial Agents and Scientific Discoveries

13:45-15:15 Prof. Stephen Muggleton, Imperial College London: Is Science a Game?

15:30-17:00 Dr. Caterina Moruzzi, University of Konstanz: Creativity and Agency in Artistic Processes and Scientific Discoveries


For further information, please go to the website (indicated below) or contact [email protected]

Best regards,

Caterina Moruzzi

Caterina Moruzzi, PhD
Akademische Mitarbeiterin
Fachbereich Philosophie
Universität Konstanz

E-mail: [email protected]

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