Abundant Art - Creativity in an Era of AI

02mar10:00 am4:00 pmAbundant Art - Creativity in an Era of AIEducator Workshop


(Saturday) 10:00 am - 4:00 pm(GMT+10:00) View in my time



15 Allen St, Moffat Beach QLD 4551

Event Details

10am – 4pm Saturday 2nd March

Join Jessie Hughes and John Swinson for a big day of AI! In this full-day workshop, we delve into the shifting realm of generative AI and how to bring these new tools into your art practice. Discover how fresh evolutions with AI are intersecting storytelling, production, prototyping and artistic processes, as well as how to leverage this technology within your own workflow.

Participants will also have the opportunity to explore a range of legal issues and questions related to AI, NFTs and digital art, such as:

  • Is it infringement to use GenAI to create art?
  • Who owns what is created?
  • What moral rights issues arise because of GenAI?
  • What is happening outside Australia in the legal space regarding GenAI?
  • What new laws are proposed?

This session provides a balanced exploration of AI’s impact on the creative industries, while including live demonstrations of generative AI processes. By the end of the day, we will have all created a creative project, built completely with generative AI (scripted, edited, visualised, with generated music and all!)

What to bring

Flying Arts Alliance recommends having note taking materials on hand. Any resources will be shared online prior to the workshop. Please bring questions that you may have for Jessie and John.


LANTANA Space. 15 Allen St, Moffat Beach QLD 4551.

This intensive will be held at LANTANA Space; a socially conscious experimental contemporary art space designed to foster arts on the Sunshine Coast. LANTANA is an Artist Run Initiative (ARI) in Caloundra on Gubbi Gubbi Country. Founded and run by artists Ebony Busk, Coen Keyte, Jordyn Burnett and Warwick Gow each working across various visual and performative mediums. Their aim is to connect the community and engage people with current and experimental art on the Sunshine Coast. This space is run by artists to support artists in works that are experimental, experiential and innovative through its offerings of exhibition and studio spaces, workshops, events, publications and creative output. Not only do they aim to facilitate other practitioners, they also hope to educate and share current arts practises with the broader community.

Flying Arts encourage the use of sustainable transport, including cycling, walking and public transport. Plan your journey through Translink.

Additional Information

Your facilitators: Jessie Hughes is an internationally-recognised Australian new media artist, technologist and screenwriter, her works having exhibited most notably at Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, Cannes and the Tate Modern. Hughes has been named one of Australia’s Future Changers for her commitment to using digital innovation for positive social impact, and was awarded Australia’s prestigious 2020 Sir John Monash Scholarship. Hughes has designed and implemented solutions for tech-giants such as Oculus, Facebook, and Adobe, and has been featured in over 120+ media articles across radio, newspaper and TV. She is an American Australian Association Arts Scholar, Winston Churchill Fellow, Lord Mayor’s Young and Emerging Artist Fellow and a United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Ambassador. Professionally, Jessie works as a Creative Technologist, toying at the intersection of design, technology, art, research and strategy for social innovation.


John Swinson is a professor at The University of Queensland in the Law School and he is course coordinator for Privacy Law, Internet and AI Law, and Business in a Borderless World. John also teaches cybersecurity law and copyright law. He is a former partner of a major international law firm and has 30 years of law firm experience in NY and Australia, with principle focus on technology law and intellectual property law. Currently, he is principal of boutique law firm Pie Legal.

After graduating from UQ with computer science and law degrees, John continued to Harvard Law School as a Fulbright and Frank Knox Scholar where he received a Masters of Law. Barak Obama was a member of his graduating class. John passed the NY bar examination and practiced technology law as an attorney in NY State. John is a past President of the Australian Fulbright Alumni Association and was Chair of the auDA Policy Review Panel to introduce the new .au domain name space in Australia.


Since 2000, John has been an arbitrator for the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO, which is a United Nations organisation based in Geneva) under the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) and au Dispute Resolution Policy (auDRP).  John has decided over 690 domain name disputes.


John has represented artists and filmmakers in copyright litigations and dealings including:

Richard Bell v Steele [2012] FCA 246

TS Production LLC v Drew Pictures Pty Ltd [2008] FCA 1329

Dais Studio Pty Ltd v Bullet Creative Pty Ltd [2007] FCA 2054