Artificial Intelligence — A Menace or A Boon To Culture - Programme - St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum
Panel Discussion

Artificial Intelligence — A Menace or A Boon To Culture

General Staff Building, Small Atrium 6/8 Palace sq., St. Petersburg

Speakers will discuss ways of balancing the use of AI for creative purposes while preserving human uniqueness in art and culture, as well as how to create an environment where AI complements human abilities rather than replacing them. The discussion will cover the following topics:

  • What new art and cultural expression forms are emerging due to advances in the Artificial Intelligence technology?
  • Can AI help preserve a unique cultural heritage? What technologies can be used to document and preserve cultural heritage?
  • What are the potential threats of using AI in the cultural sphere?
  • How can we prevent the negative consequences of losing creative uniqueness due to the art automation?
  • Is it ethical to use artificial intelligence technologies in creative projects? Ivan Rudin's project Rachmaninoff. I am here. Project will also be presented during the discussion.


  • Milos Bikovic, Serbian-Russian actor, producer (Serbia);
  • Sergei Novikov, Head of the Russian Presidential Administration for Public Projects (Russia);
  • Seyed Mehdi Hosseini Bami, composer, musicologist, Director of the St. Petersburg International Festival of New Music (Iran);
  • Mikhail Piotrovsky, Director of the State Hermitage (Russia);
  • Ivan Rudin, pianist, teacher, Art Director of the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra (Russia);
  • Yulia Golubeva, Deputy Director General, Gazprom-Media Holding AO (Russia);
  • Hans-Joachim Frey, artistic director of the Sirius Educational Center (Germany);
  • Mikhail Shvydkoy, Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for International Cultural Cooperation (Russia);
  • Vladimir Tolstoy, Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation, Chair of the Presidential Council for the Russian Language (Russia);
  • Louis Gouend, President of the Cameroonian Diaspora in Russia, Editor-in-Chief of journal (Cameroon).


Roman Karmanov, Director General of the Presidential Fund for Cultural Initiatives.