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Shi

Eric

SINGAPORE

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“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).

The ten digital paintings of this exhibition are jointly created by Eric Shi and his AI virtual assistant ESAG (short for Eric Shi Art Generator). These paintings are composed by deploying a proper color gradient field, a proprietary AI painting technique developed at the ES&AG AI Art Studio. AIP0068 attempts to use this technique to transform a depressive thought of crossing Sahara into a soothing and pastoral poem and hopefully has met some success.

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.

2. AIP0048 《Color of Dusk in Barcelona》

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The unconventional color scheme of AIP0048 depicts the high spirits of a lad dancing his way through a city. The color gradient field technique, which involves extensive computation of 1st order gradient and 2nd order gradient of color fields, points us to a new way to understand the artistic principles that ESAG follows, albeit that the color scheme of this artwork defies the fundamental principles of physics of light and color.

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.

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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.