AI Art Wins Art Contest, Summons Metaverse, Social Media Melts
AI art has caused one of the most recent controversies in the world of aesthetics. And there’s nothing more exciting than a new concept art that upsets people for the right reasons.
Jason Allen is an American game designer. Constantly knee-deep in code, it was obvious to him that he could generate art using artificial intelligence (AI).
Using a platform called Midjourney, he created his masterpieces, telling an AI exactly what he wanted his piece to look like. With three favorites, he entered his art in the Colorado State Fair Fine Art Competition.
Allen told the local publication, called The Chieftain, “I wanted to make a statement using AI artwork. I feel like I’ve accomplished that, and I’m not going to apologize for that.
His work is magnificent, there is no way to do without it. The works range from ethereal alien moonscapes to opulent operatic stages, on a scale more impressive than Beeple’s hugely expensive NFTs.
And sure enough, the issue went viral on social media. Some reviewers have an absolute meltdown, while others are in awe of the new stage in the art world.
AI Art Winner
Of the three works submitted by Allen, the winner is called Space Opera Theater. It’s haunting and beautiful and absolutely has the vibe of a metaverse-like world. This is all that is possible for our collective future.
It’s the competition guidelines that people have a problem with. According to the fine print, digital art is “an artistic practice that uses digital technology as part of the creative or presentation process.”
Allen said he made no secret of the fact that he created the art with Mid Road.
The judges, Cal Duran and Dagny McKinley, later told the Chieftain that they “didn’t know Allen’s works were designed with AI, but that wouldn’t have changed their judgment.”
The judges told the local paper they were more concerned with “how the art tells a story, how it invokes the spirit” and they think this piece did that. “Even though this controversy is coming out, she still invokes that, she still causes an uproar. That in itself is rather remarkable.
Midjourney is a tool that uses verbal descriptions to paint a picture. Allen says that after creating the image, he touched it up with Photoshop.
What the critics say
Richard Fitzwilliams is a film and art critic. He said, “Let’s look at the winning board. Jason Allen put on three pieces. Space Opera Theater is actually a fascinating work. What this reminds me of are the paintings of the Symbolist artist Gustave Moreau, who by the way had quite a considerable influence on the Impressionists. it’s part game of thronespart star wars and a kind of fake medieval tableau. And also if you look at the coloring, there are echoes and indeed the artist mentions it, that the city was inspired by Leonardo. So it’s a thing of beauty.
Fitzwilliams went on to say he thinks the problem is shock. But once artists get over that, they can adapt. “There is a necessary human input in there. Jason Allen said he put in about 80 hours on it. So that’s, I think, very important to point out. When there are new movements in art, one can choose either the impressionists, or the cubists, or the surrealists, it always disturbs and shocks some people. Sometimes a very large number of people! This is one of the purposes of art.
Reactions on social networks
Of course, Twitter is the place to go to see people shocked by new ideas trying to write them off in sheer panic.
However, some on the social media platform have defended the work of AI art.
However, many were positive about the art that was aided by AI.
The positive feeling that came out of all of this gives us the feeling that we may be ready for the metaverse. It’s a brave new world, so let’s keep watching.
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