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New World of Art: When Humans and Machines Join Forces

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Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) has become a new wave of technology with potential dangers that are widely discussed across various sectors, from media to finance. However, for Artechouse, a technology-focused art space, A.I. represents a tool for further developing human creativity. […]

New World of Art: When Humans and Machines Join Forces

Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) has become a new wave of technology with potential dangers that are widely discussed across various sectors, from media to finance. However, for Artechouse, a technology-focused art space, A.I. represents a tool for further developing human creativity. This concept shapes their latest digital exhibition, exploring what can be created when humans and machines collaborate.

The world exhibition of AI-magic, premiering on December 1st, consists of visual and auditory art created using generative algorithms. “We hope to provide a space for people to see the potential positive aspects of A.I. innovation in the artistic process,” said Rio Vander Stahl, the director of digital strategy at Artechouse. “If you feel overwhelmed by it, this is an interesting way to experience what A.I. can bring.”

Artechouse utilized existing and customized generative A.I. programs, such as Stable Diffusion for 3D model animation and Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) for animated textures, creating over a million unique data sets. Their centerpiece, a 20-minute visual experience, will guide observers through six narrative scenes, including a journey through colossal books and a visit to GAN Mecca, a scene inspired by the futurism of architect Zaha Hadid and the surrealism of graphic artist M.C. Escher.

The main exhibition will be accompanied by six additional installations, including one that captures visitors’ images and processes them in the style of the exhibition’s content. Meanwhile, the sound atmosphere composed by Mehmet Unal will also utilize A.I. and new technologies.

Artechouse is located in Manhattan, within a century-old boiler room beneath the Chelsea Market building. First opened in 2015 as the country’s first digital gallery, Artechouse has employed various technological innovations in their diverse exhibitions, recently using data from the James Webb Space Telescope and collaborating with NASA to create the exhibition “Beyond the Light.”

A.I. has long been a primary focus of immersive arts due to its emphasis on digital evolution. In 2019, their first exhibition in New York featured the works of artist Refik Anadol, whose exhibition titled “Machine Hallucination: NYC” used technology to explore the city through the mind of a machine. “Since then, we’ve been working on it in different contexts, using it as a tool for art creation or focusing on it as a centerpiece,” said Vander Stahl, adding that due to the rapid evolution of A.I., Artechouse’s upcoming exhibition utilizes tools that didn’t exist earlier this year. “Science and technology are advancing so rapidly that you can’t plan too far ahead.”

One of the main fears associated with A.I. is the possibility of replacing jobs, including those in the art world. However, according to Vander Stahl, the use of A.I. tools for Artechouse’s exhibition has generated more collaborators and workers for the development of the exhibition than usual. While A.I. is used to expand creative possibilities, the project is entirely led by humans. “We are its heart, driven by vision and execution,” said Vander Stahl. “It’s not a replacement, but an evolution from our perspective.”

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