In all aspects of life, machines are slowly taking over. But are we losing out on the essence?
Michael Connor, the artistic director of Rhizome, a non-profit that provides a platform for digital art, agrees. He describes the gap between silicon- and carbon-based artists as wide and deep: “Making art is not the sole role of being an artist. It’s also about creating a body of work, teaching, activism, using social media, building a brand.” He suggests that the picture Elgammal’s algorithm generates is art in the same way that what a Monet forger paints is art: “This kind of algorithm art is like a counterfeit. It’s a weird copy of the human culture that the machine is learning about.” He adds that this isn’t necessarily a bad thing: “Like the Roman statues, which are copies of the original Greek figures, even copies can develop an intrinsic value over time.”
4 thoughts on “It’s Getting Hard to Tell If a Painting Was Made by a Computer or a Human”
Our brain is also a big computer, but completely analog. It does need no electrical power from a plant nearby, just a little bit of water and real food every day. This very long existing imaginative power in all of us should not be given up.
The article also makes a similar point where the writer points out difference between a painter and a counterfeiter
I love art. But you know Hitler was an artist!
Oh I have just been watching wargames I love that movie.
Call us Mark…