AUTONOM - Symposium on Artificial Intelligence in the Performing Arts

03. December 2021 - Online @

By introducing the special funding program AUTONOM, the Fonds Darstellende Künste sees it as its aim to create connections between artistic production, scientific questions and societal challenges in order to continue inspiring debate about relationships between human/machine/algorithm.

On December 3rd 2021, the Fonds was offering space to all artists and collectives supported by the AUTONOM program in a hub for knowledge exchange, artistic discourse and interdisciplinary networking designed specifically for the event. Together with invited experts from the arts and sciences, the following central issue was discussed: How can the performing arts and AI research mutually benefit each other, and what insights could result from this interaction? What relevance does the implementation of autonomously learning and acting technologies have, and what new work structures or ethical and political challenges will result for the performing arts?

On demand: Exhibition Space

  • The entire documentation of the event can be found in our Exhibition Space on, an immersive online platform created especially for the AUTONOM symposium. Explore the intricate spaces and all contributions of the event with your avatar!

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Please find here the schedule of programming (availbale in German only).


  • Dr. Hilke Marit Berger, CityScienceLab, HafenCity University Hamburg

  • Renée Cummings, University of Virgina / Columbia Umiversity

  • Dr. Hanno Rauterberg, DIE ZEIT


  • The podcaster Lisa Weidenmüller accompanied the event. She summarizes her impressions in a contribution for listening.

Funded Projects

Beteiligte & Team

The symposium was being realized by Fonds Darstellende Künste in cooperation with Digitale Dramaturgie. Funded by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and is a part of the federal government's AI strategy.

Program: Bernadette Binner, Marie Deuflhard, Lea Goebel, Steffen Klewar, Katharina Rösch, Roman Senkl, Caspar Weimann Space Concept & Design: Madhuri Rao, Helin Ulas Creative Developer: Meredith Thomas 2D Designer: Fanny Dreyer Video editing: Roman Hagenbrock Live Camera: Péter Sanyó Translation: Julia Winkler (Panthea) Podcast: Lisa Weidenmüller, Tobias Voigt Graphic Recording: Seda Demiriz

With contributions by: Dr. Hilke Marit Berger, Dr. Aljoscha Burchardt, Renée Cummings, Dorte Lena Eilers, Dr. Tabea Golgath, Carolin Jakob, Lorena Jaume-Palasí, Dr. Robin Mishra, Marc Pirogan, Dr. Hanno Rauterberg, Moon Ribas, Anna Sprenger