Jon A. Håtun, Koka Nikoladze, Gyrid Nordahl Kaldestad

Meta.Morf 2024 – [up]Loaded Bodies / Litteraturhuset i Trondheim / June 12 /
Sellanraa Bok & Café June 12 @ 19.00 / Student 200, Medlem nyMusikk 150. Ticket (coming)
The event is a collaboration between Litteraturhuset in Trondheim and nyMusikk Trondheim.

Can Art Tame AI? Artists’ Encounter with Artificial Intelligence

Presentation and Panel Discussion, Jon A. Håtun, Koka Nikoladze. Moderator: Gyrid Nordal Kaldestad.
The conversation will be in both English and Norwegian. 

Artificial intelligence is rapidly advancing and is already beginning to render several creative professions obsolete, without us fully grasping the full consequences of this new technology yet. Many artists already fear that artificial intelligence will produce such convincing artworks, write such compelling novels, and compose music that makes all human creativity unnecessary. Is humanity on the verge of making itself redundant?

However, some artists have chosen to confront this challenge head-on. Two of them are Koka Nikoladze and Jon Håtun, also known as Jono El Grande. Through a mix of lectures, live demonstrations, and discussions, they will show us how generative artificial intelligence works in practice, in the fields of musical composition and visual arts, respectively.

How can artificial intelligence be approached with healthy skepticism and curiosity, and can we relate to it without blindly glorifying it or becoming terrified?

Kan kunsten temme KI?
Kunstnernes møte med kunstig intelligens.

Meta.Morf 2024 – [up]Loaded Bodies / Litteraturhuset i Trondheim / 12. juni /
Sellanraa Bok & Café 12. juni kl. 19.00 / Student 200, Medlem nyMusikk 150. Billett (kommer)
Arrangementet er et samarbeid mellom Litteraturhuset i Trondheim og nyMusikk Trondheim.

Presentasjon og panelsamtale, Jon A. Håtun, Koka Nikoladze. Moderator: Gyrid Nordal Kaldestad.
Samtalen vil foregå på både norsk og engelsk.

 Kunstige intelligens kommer for fullt, og er allerede iferd med å overflødiggjøre flere kreative yrker – uten at vi ennå helt aner de fulle konsekvensene av denne nye teknologien. Allerede nå kjenner mange kunstnere på frykten for at den kunstige intelligens vil produsere så overbevisende kunstverk, skrive så gode romaner og komponere musikk som gjør all menneskelig kreativitet unyttig. Er menneskeheten i ferd med å gjøre seg selv overflødig? 

Men noen kunstnere har valgt å ta tyren ved hornene. To av dem er Koka Nikoladze og Jon Håtun, også kjent som Jono El Grande. I en blanding av foredrag, live demonstrasjon og samtale vil de vise oss hvordan generativ kunstig intelligens fungerer i praksis, innenfor henholdsvis musikalsk komposisjon og på det visuelle området. 

Hvordan kan kunstig intelligens møtes med sunn skepsis og nysgjerrighet, og kan vi forholde oss til den uten å hylle den blindt eller bli livredde? 

Jon A. Håtun (NO) is a Norwegian composer, visual artist, and author. Håtun has held several exhibitions and writes for orchestras and ensembles. He has released 9 albums on Rune Grammofon and his own label, Cosmic Anthill. He is employed as an associate professor at Westerdals Department of Creativity, Storytelling, and Design/ Kristiania University College. Håtun researches the transdisciplinary development of ideas and concepts in the intersection between analog human activity and generative AI.

Kristiania School of Art and Design


Koka Nikoladze (GE/NO) is a composer, artist, and associate professor of music theory, composition, and music technology at the Norwegian Academy of Music (NMH). Koka composes for orchestras, and builds musical machines as well as expressive performance interfaces. Koka explores the interplay between sound, objects, and performance. Koka also gives public lectures on music and technology.


Gyrid Nordal Kaldestad (NO) is a composer and performer from the island of Stord in Sunnhordland. In the spring of 2024, she will complete her artistic fellowship at NTNU, Department of Music, Department of Music Technology. Among her positions, she has been the leader of MU in NKF, head of the scholarship committee for composers, as well as a board member in Periskop, nyMusikk Trondheim, Nuts and Bolts, and Notam. She is currently the local leader for nyMusikk Trondheim and the deputy chair of the board for the Norwegian Society of Composers.