“With the arrival of AI arts, for the first time in human history we have an opportunity to see things from a non-human aesthetical point of view.”
This group of 10 artworks represent the first voyage into the art sea by a joint authorship of a human artist (Eric Shi) and his AI-assistant (an AI package called ESAG, short for Eric Shi Art Generator).
This artwork depicts a Spanish bullfighter taming a bull. The computer surprised its human collaborator (Eric Shi) by introducing violet into the picture to dominate the tone, which was not intended at the onset of painting this artwork. (Price negotiable.)
We humans have been for a long time nebulously suspecting the existence of advanced extraterrestrials (as beautifully summarized by the Fermi paradox). Now, for the first time, we have had an opportunity to vaguely peek at things from a non-human aesthetical point of view thanks to the arrival of AI arts. Naturally, we are intrigued to explore further whether some of the non-human angles could direct us to hypothesizing coarse outlines of extra-terrestrial aesthetics, if any.
ES&AG AI Artwork 0005《At a Loss Under Neon》
This artwork depicts a construction laborer who finds no shelter in the city who built with his fellow builders, a phenomenon common in many emerging market metropolises. The decision on the extent of disfiguring in conjunction with the overall color tone is from the AI co-author (the computer).
If we are curious enough, modest enough, and persistent enough in working with AI, it should also be able to lead us to the opportunity of identifying and possibly quantifying the limitations of the artistic imagination of us humans.
AI art can empower us to break free from the chains and shackles that have lucked and hardened our imaginations for centuries.
Many of such current limitations may not be intrinsic to our biological natures but be imposed upon us by the development history of human civilization on earth, which is characterized by the lack of an objective reference point, as our superiority in thinking capacity has never been challenged by any non-Homo sapiens species on earth. This is like a person who has never had a chance to take a good look at himself, and hence not knowing how dirty and ugly he is, because he has never had a mirror (or any other proper reflective surface). AI art (along with other AI tools) has placed such an objective mirror into our hands now. Recognizing our weaknesses might be brutal to our emotions in the beginning but will eventually liberate our abilities.
The master plan directing ESAG’s activities is to return to the fundamentals, e.g., in re-scouting and demarcating the possible base campus, directions, limits of color scheme mutations and evolutions, before the governing algorithm over the self-guided evolution is finalized for a fully autonomous version of the ESAG. It is like a deeper squat, planned for higher jump.
A good manifestation of this probably would be the fact that we generally find it very difficult to fully appreciate the mental processes that led the past art masters (e.g., Van Gogh, Picasso, and Matisse) to the creations of their masterpieces, not to mention to visualize a path to surpass any one of these masters.
The AI co-author (the computer) made the decisions on the overall color impression as well as the final positions and shapes of the curves of this artwork which depicts a woman in a shawl. (Price negotiable.)
AI art holds the promise of empowering us to break free from the chains and shackles that have locked and hardened our imaginations for centuries.
In ancient Egypt, Shu was the god of peace, air and wind; Horus is a god in the form of a falcon (whose right eye was the sun and whose left eye was the moon). The AI co-author (the computer) is mainly responsible for creating this artwork. (Price negotiable.)
AI art holds the promise of changing all these. It can empower us to break free from the chains and shackles that have locked and hardened our imaginations for centuries. The minimum it can offer is to allow us to check out exhaustively all possible (i.e., calculable) pathways to surpass the past masters, through “simulating” masters’ thought processes from one stage to another in their respective lives.
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The double-faced figurine of this artwork depicts the supposedly outdated ruling mechanism which is still widely practiced in many countries of the world. The AI co-author (the computer) is mainly responsible for creating this artwork.
The 10 artworks included in this solo exhibition are placed under a common theme – “From viewpoint of ESAG – an AI art generator,” because these 10 artworks are created as a result of close interactions between a human artist and the ESAG, against the broad background mentioned above.
This artwork restates the myth of Europa and Zeus, pictorially, from the unique view point of ESAG.