Collecting Generative Art: An Emerging Culture

Explorations of AI Art— Episode 00

Beth Jochim, Director and Co-Founder at Cueva Gallery. Twitter: @_bblurred


AI Art inspired by Mayan Textiles (courtesy of Cueva Gallery).

At the end of 2018, the art world was shaken up by the astonishing sell of the well known GAN-generated portrait painting “Edmond de Belamy”. This has focused the attention on the concepts of creativity and artist.

This year, 2019, opened with several networking events that have seen the gathering of a diverse group of people, including artists, data designers, creative coders, AI explorers, and developers in order to discuss the future of generative art in the industry and beyond.

The last months have been very busy and exciting, yet something seems to be missing. Discussions that involve generative art are often technical, targeting a specific audience with skills that the common public lacks, or oriented to talk about ownership, intellectual property, copyright, transparency, and so on.

In May, interesting panels took place, for example, the Contemporary and Digital Art Fair (CADAF) in New York City, which were later shared online. This has made it possible to follow part of the conversations, potentially reaching a greater public. Nevertheless, some aspects of generative art are struggling to emerge.

Undoubtedly, technical aspects are essential to this kind of art. However, a lot of coverage is more about hardware and software, and much less about the ideas behind the work of the artists. Whatever the reason is, AI can certainly add value to the aesthetic experience and it is important to reflect on this point.

When it comes to democratize AI based art, it should not only provide the artist with a framework that does not require complex coding, but should also make it easier for spectators to have a deep experience.

Libre AI’s mission is to disseminate the benefits of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and make them accessible to the world. The focus on democratizing this technology pushes Libre AI not only to experiment with art generated by machines, but also to look forward and investigate the effect that this kind of art evokes in the spectators.

Art has the potential to be a powerful life-changing tool, creating a transformational experience for the public and for the artist. And this is what we will discover in the series ‘Explorations of AI Art’, a collection of interesting interviews with artists who use AI techniques in their work.

If you want to become a collector of generative art and get the “soul” out of this genre, stay tuned! ∎

About the author: Beth Jochim is the Creative AI Lead at Libre AI, and Director and Co-Founder at Cueva Gallery. She works at the intersection of technology and arts. She is actively involved in different activities that aim to democratize the field of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, bringing the benefits of AI/ML to a larger audience. Connect whit Beth in LinkedIn or Twitter.

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