Portrait XO AI Synaesthete Wicked Artists
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Synaesthete, multi-transdisciplinary artist, Award-winning A.I. collaborator
Portrait XO AI Synaesthete Wicked Artists


Portrait XO is a singer, songwriter and transdisciplinary artist who creates musical and visual works with traditional and non-traditional methods by utilzing emerging technology such as AR, VR, and AI in her work.

Portrait XO won the first-ever AI music contest “Beats & Bits”, the Jury Vote for ‘most creative use of AI’ at the first Eurovision AI Song Contest and the VUT Indie Award in the category ‘Best Experiment’ for her work in collaboration with Dadabots. She completed her artist residency at Factory Berlin x Sonar+D in 2020 where she researched computational creativity and human-machine collaboration. Portrait XO explores new formats & applications for forward-thinking art and sound. She holds a monthly radio residency with her art & activism collective CO:QUO on Refuge Worldwide Radio, is the founder of SOUND OBSESSED, and a founding member of The IASAS (International Association of Synaesthetes, Artists, and Scientists). Being “gifted” with synesthesia, PortraitXO conceptualizes experiences from synaesthetic reactions between sound and taste. She currently resides in Berlin.

Wicked Artist Portrait XO



Live AI Music Performance Portrait XO


A live music performance in collaboration with A.I.

As a singer, songwriter, producer, and performance artist, Portrait XO invites the audience to immerse themselves in live AI audiovisuals onstage that translate their obsession with human-machine collaboration.  There is an ongoing ever-evolving dialogue that unfolds while questioning what AI looks and sounds like.

Living in the era of data overload, and AI that’s been propelling new forms and methods for music and art-making, we get a glimpse of how they address questions we all have about the future of AI (and other emerging technology).  How does this make us feel?  What does it all mean?  How are we evolving and devolving?

Portrait XO’s human-machine collaborations are a showcase of how Artificial Intelligence can become an instant idea generator with flows of spark for new musical works, accompanied by interactive visuals.

Portrait XO Synesthesia sound and taste experience


An all senses captivating dining experience.

4% of the population has synesthesia, a cross-wiring of the senses. The more we understand how we function internally, we can create a better experience for our lives externally. In ‘Synthesis’ Portrait XO invites you to explore how sound and taste can be associated with the colors and textures around you. How can we explore the external world to discover our internal senses in a new way?

PortraitXO conceptualizes experiences from synaesthetic reactions between sound and taste. She turns a full-course dinner into an immersive dining experience by taking the guests on a live sound-journey of every dish’s flavors. PortraitXO translates each ingredient into musical layers according to the constant flow of sensory stimulation of each course, played live one at a time. Her synesthesia performances create an even more memorable dining experience by intensifying the food’s taste through activation of the audience’s hearing senses.



An expression of time as a playable sculpture.

Supported by Playtronica, this playable AI audiovisual sculpture by Portrait XO is their 3-week snapshot of time through the lens of human-machine collaboration. Using AI to generate audiovisuals based on the history and inspiration of Zeche Zollverein, this instrumental sculpture is a tribute to the intersection of humans, machines, and animals. We are prompted to interact by touching pieces of copper wrapped coal to trigger 10 AI audiovisual compositions.

Portrait XO interactive audiovisual installation

A sculpture that consists of many layers, each audiovisual presents the way machines generate new visuals and sounds from a series of AI models. The data sets that were fed into each machine learning model were selected to translate the stories of the way canary birds and horses were used as tools for labor during the coal mine industry in Germany. There are short melodies in the sculpture of a flute and canary birds singing the farewell to underground coal mining song that was sung by coal miners in December 2018 –  ‘das Steigerlied’.


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