The 1ST AI x ART Global Competition Project 2020

Dec. 11 (Fri) - Dec. 27 (Sun). 2020


The 1ST AI x ART Global Competition Project 2020




《1st AI X ART Global Competition Project 2020》 was held to discover talented artists and support their work using AI tools. Artificial intelligence is taking art that visualizes human creativity to a new level. The competition consisted of AI.A Gallery Award with the ‘face’ theme and Special Award in freestyle to explore the potential of AI art of today. In this exhibition we will showcase award winners’ works from 《The 1st AI Art Global Competition》, introducing a total of 7 works from 5 awards from AI.A Gallery Awards, 2 awards from Special Award. Participating artists will show their worldview by using AI tools as a medium of artistic creation that enhances human creativity.

The Gold Prize in AI.A Gallery Award with the ‘Face’ theme was won by Yoon Young Kim's <Mask>. The winning work <Mask> shows creativity using various AI techniques. The colors and textures are also vibrant, and In this work, the theme ‘face’ is reinterpreted as a modern portrait, and the work is well received by the public. As for the Silver Prize, Da Sul Kim's  <Face of the Earth> is selected, which expresses the abstract image of 'Seoul,' which is the artist’s root, through collaboration with AI. The Bronze Prize is awarded to Aurèce Vettier's <Brightly-Lit Stool, Four-eyed Cat>. In this work, daily life is re-viewed with a new perspective, and the mathematical process occurring in virtual space expands to reality. 

Marcel Top's <Inferences> won the Judges’ Choice award, which presented meaningful questions about the interpretation of the meaning for self-portraits and the boundaries between self-portraits and photographs. For the Public’s Choice Award, Myeongi Kim's  <Face of Waiting> is selected, which delivers a message ‘we might be serious about having a companion dog around in our life.

On Special Award, Aurèce Vettier's <We Will Make You Bow To The Delicate> won the Excellence Award. This work gave AI a new role in creating new alphabets from old herbarium and it is quite a novel approach as an AI artwork. In addition, the concept of ‘Laten Botanist’ and the way it is expressed, attract interest and attention as a highly complete work. The Sponsor’s Choice Award was won by Yoon Kyung Jang's <Pastry Code>, which uniquely expresses the musical movements created by AI and audiences’ physical reactions.  




[AI.A Gallery prize] 

MASK

AI (SinGAN, Style transfer)
Printed on Canvas, 45.5x60.6cm
2020

Yoon Young KIM




Face of the Earth

Digital image,700x700mm
2020

Da sul KIM




Brightly-Lit Stool, Four-eyed Cat

Oil on canvas, 120 cm x 95 cm
2020

Aurèce Vettier



Inferences
AI (StyleGAN2)
Digital image
2020

Marcel Top



Face of Waiting
Digital image, Video16sec
2020

Myeong I KIM







[Special Awards]


We Will Make You Bow To The Delicate
Sandstone, latent botanist engravings, charred beech boxes
12cm x 9cm
2020

 Aurèce Vettier




Pastry Chords
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Interactive media art
Video, 2min 19sec
2020

 Youn Kyung JANG






[AI.A Gallery prize ‘Face’ Winners]






Gold 

Yoon Young KIM


MASK
AI (SinGAN, Style transfer)
Printed on Canvas, 45.5x60.6cm
2020



Yoon-young kim worked on Mask by giving an inflection and maximizing the current daily life, which is confused whether a mask is a face or a face, through an AI algorithm. SinGAN algorithm was used to repeat different patches onto one image. Afterward, a Style Transfer algorithm was used to apply unique texture and atmosphere to create mood and color for the work.


About the artist

Yoon Young Kim graduated from KAIST's Master of Financial Engineering and is currently working in the field of data science. She said that she wanted to liberate the desire to express herself and the surrounding environment, which is always been in the corner of her mind in hectic life through AI art. She’d like to visually express herself in the past, present, and future by using the algorithms she uses at work as a data scientist. She hopes to grow into an artist who can give inspiration to people.

For her life, there are three keywords; mathematical logic, travel, and art. They are the inspirations of her life, and she dreams of becoming an artist who can share such inspiration and support others spiritually.










Silver 

Da Sul KIM


Face of the Earth
Digital image, 700x700mm
2020



Through the theme of "Face," Da Sul Kim embodied "Seoul," which symbolizes her roots and is expressed as a spiritual place through deep learning. Face of the Earth conveys her identity in the sense that it contains numerous images of this earth, and because the face is what you see first when meeting new people. 

Pictures were taken or collected by the artist and visual materials related to Seoul mingled with other various aspects of Seoul, creating a utopian landscape through the artist's subjective interpretation and the AI's perspective. She selected 20 images among the hundreds of results made by the AI, and overlapping the four divided images to make Seoul a spiritual place. A spiritual palace is not a tangible thing, and its essence is engraved in the heart. For the artist, digital images that are the results of deep learning are also images engraved in the heart that can overlap and change with various factors. What she showed to AI were factors that reflected subjective intervention, and she could collaborate and exchange feedback with the AI by selecting the outcome and inputting them once again. The work finally goes through the rendering process again with an etching effect chosen by the artist. The artist tried to take a provocative attitude by showing that a digital image could be made into a digitally-etched painting, making it known that an engraving is a way in making the existence of non-materials a reality.


About the artist

Da Sul Kim, who is currently studying for a master's degree in design at UCLA, has a major interest in the civilized environment, the Anthropocene, the entire human ecosystem, and the dynamics among humans, nature, and ideology. Also, she pays attention to the duality of capitalism and looks into how this enormous force undermines the value of nature, including humans.

She portrays social issues at a personal level by using various media centering on objects discovered such as text, sound, performance, and installation. In her work, 'Coincidence' plays an important role, and she uses it as a way of delivering a message by connecting accidental elements found in personal life. The repetition, materiality, physicality, and subjectivity that can be found in a series of works show somehow an ascetic attitude, and it tells us that her art world is in contact with the spirit of the East.

Recently, she’s been seeking to explore the potential of AI art in the rapidly accelerated digital society, a reality in which “virtuality” has emerged.









Bronze 

Aurèce Vettier(Paul Mouginot+Anis Gandoura)


Brightly-Lit Stool, Four-eyed Cat 
Oil on canvas, 120 cm x 95 cm
AV-2020-U-70
2020




Aurèce Vettier is has a great interest in recreating daily lives by discovering new aspects. Brightly-Lit Stool, Four-eyed Cat was inspired by the happiness the artist felt in his sunny apartment in Paris with his cat. He was sitting at a table writing poetry, and the little cat "Kotek" quietly approached him and they stared at each other. He felt countless emotions at that moment and took a photo of the cat when it fell asleep quietly.

People and animals have faces, even objects have them too. There are unexpected moments in daily life, and faces change subtly depending on the intensity of light, time, and angle. Aurèce Vettieris captured the moment and created thousands of “potential cat” photos by uploading the data set on Playform. After GAN was applied, the shape of the cat didn’t change, but an image of four eyes was created. They collaborated with Jack Lee, a Chinese craftsman, and they worked together with the oil painting based upon the image created by GAN.

Aurèce Vettier used AI to study the “seventh face of the dice,” as an extension of Dadaism and surrealism project. Although the world defines objects simply as a "chair," "cat," or "sunshine”, people should pay more attention to the complexity beyond the name. This is because the purpose of attaching labels and names to objects is for humans to properly place or have control over them.


About the artist

Aurèce vettier is a French artistic collective that Paul Mouglnot and his friend Anis Gandoura launched in 2019. They are both artists and engineers, and aim at understanding how relevant and meaningful interactions with machines and algorithms can be achieved, in order to push the boundaries of creative processes, and how to “dream together”. Depending on the projects, aurèce vettier can and will invite other contributors.

The works of aurèce vettier are the result of a number of back and forth trips between the “real” space in which we exist, where we can draw, paint, sculpt, break, erase; and the “data” space, where we can play with more dimensions than we as humans can cope with. In this virtual space, which can involve Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms or heavy mathematical processing, we expand the possibilities, explore new forms that we can project back in reality.

Experimentation -both physical and digital- is crucial in the collective’s practice, as well as social interactions: creating bridges or taking part in exchanges and collaborations. We are part of La Méditerranée, an exhibition-based research group, and took part in two group shows in 2020.

They strongly believe that what is generated by AI and algorithms should not be seen as finished works and shown as such, but rather as raw materials expanding our conceptual possibilities. This is why you will see in our portfolio that, even though AI is always used at a certain step of the process, the final works are often more physical, subtler than a pixelated generation, and almost seem as they were found in nature.







Judges’ Choice

Marcel Top


Inferences 
AI (StyleGAN2)
Digital image
2020



Marcel Top explores the boundaries of photography with portraits produced by computer programs. During that process, he thought about how companies categorized the public using the large amounts of data they collected for their marketing purposes. He also raises concerns about making humanity a database and objectifying people. 

Marcel was able to access his Twitter data thanks to the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), which showed that Twitter classified his interests into 830 categories based on his Twitter activities. And the classified information was used only as a target for personalized advertising.

He created a new image using all of the photos he posted on his SNS account and applied color with transparency adjusted to 50 for each photo. Each image produced by StyleGan2 represents his “interest.” The program was used to reproduce a new image based on the image bank produced by the artist himself. For this project, the author captured 830 images from the image bank and created a new self-portrait, Inferences. "An interesting image has been created as a result of this project; it is not me, but me at the same time.” He says.


About the artist 

Marcel Top is a young London based Belgian photographer. Alongside his traditional use of photography, Top also explores the limits and boundaries of the medium through his practice. In other words, he applies his documentary practice to his experimental work. Top has been always fascinated by the power of technology, by the ambiguity of its double-faced nature. Breach of privacy, mass surveillance and the collection of personal data are between Top’s recurring topics. 

Throughout the last year, the photographer rethought his practice to capture that part of technology he could not frame with a camera. By doing this, he was able to address his worries related to a future dominated by technology.

The research represents a fundamental part of Top’s creative process; while creating, the artist constantly rethinks readapts the original idea to the outcomes of his research. By doing this, he creates a space for the evolution and growth of his own work.




Public’s Choice 

Myeong I KIM

 

Face of Waiting
Digital image, Video, 16sec
2020



Myungi Kim shows us dogs waiting for their owners through Face of Waiting and tells us that we need to reconsider the existence of “companions”. We no longer call them “pets” but we instead now call them “companions.” “Aewan” (“Pet” in Korean) translates to: pleasurable creatures that we keep nearby and adore. It shows our current attitudes and relationships with dogs and other pets.

Kim wants our attitude to change and believes we should not view dogs as simply objects of cuteness to be adored, but we should, with responsibility and with an awareness that cherishes life, regard pets as creatures that are our companions and partners. In order for us to live together harmoniously, the dog’s quality of life should be considered, and when the dog welcomes an owner after waiting all day for said owner, the owner should feel remorse for making the pet wait and feel compelled to spend more time together. 


About the artist

Myungi Kim is a researcher on the user experience in autonomous vehicles and AI at the Augmented Human Lab at Kookmin University's Graduate School of Techno Design. He says that he wants to show that AI can help artists wannabes express themselves regardless of any technical limitations or barriers, so they feel confident with their talent and artistic inspiration.





Special Awards ‘Freestyle’ Winners




Excellence 
Aurèce Vettier(Paul Mouginot+Anis Gandoura)

  

We Will Make You Bow To The Delicate
Sandstone, latent botanist engravings, charred beech boxes, 12cm x 9cm
2020



Aurèce Vettier believes that what is generated by AI and algorithms should not be seen as finished works and shown as such, but rather as raw materials expanding our conceptual possibilities.

This summer, using millions of old herbariums as part of the Potential Herbariums series, they trained some GANs for a few weeks and created a new alphabet, called «latent botanist», based on the distorted botanist writings they had generated. 

Paul Mouginot of Aurèce Vettier writes many poems, some of which were written using these somewhat moving letters and shapes. The following is an anecdote related to this artwork.

“On August 7th 2020 at 7:30PM, my body collapsed. I stayed 3 days at the hospital and I still haven’t exactly processed what happened. When I was allowed to come back in my atelier, I immediately made small sandstone tablets on which I re-transcribed, in the latent botanist alphabet, a poem about trees that see their hearts compressed, and the diagnosis I received from the hospital.”


About the artist

Aurèce vettier is a French artistic collective that Paul Mouglnot and his friend Anis Gandoura launched in 2019. They are both artists and engineers, and aim at understanding how relevant and meaningful interactions with machines and algorithms can be achieved, in order to push the boundaries of creative processes, and how to “dream together”. Depending on the projects, aurèce vettier can and will invite other contributors.

The works of aurèce vettier are the result of a number of back and forth trips between the “real” space in which we exist, where we can draw, paint, sculpt, break, erase; and the “data” space, where we can play with more dimensions than we as humans can cope with. In this virtual space, which can involve Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms or heavy mathematical processing, we expand the possibilities, explore new forms that we can project back in reality.

Experimentation -both physical and digital- is crucial in the collective’s practice, as well as social interactions: creating bridges or taking part in exchanges and collaborations. We are part of La Méditerranée, an exhibition-based research group, and took part in two group shows in 2020.

They strongly believe that what is generated by AI and algorithms should not be seen as finished works and shown as such, but rather as raw materials expanding our conceptual possibilities. This is why you will see in our portfolio that, even though AI is always used at a certain step of the process, the final works are often more physical, subtler than a pixelated generation, and almost seem as they were found in nature.




Sponsor’s Choice

Youn Kyung JANG


Pastry Chords 
Interactive media art, Video, 2min 19sec
2019



Music is a universal language of human emotions, with a long history with mankind. However, the act of making music is limited to just a select group of artists, and the act of listening to music is a passive activity for audiences. Pastry Chords provides an effortlessly creative and interactive way for people to enjoy music by incorporating artificial intelligence into the process of making and listening to music. It allows the participant - even those without knowledge of technical composition - to develop a number of melody variations by simply inputting four chords through the AI. The participant can also add various musical instruments to produce music that has more richly layered and interesting sounds. The program also features an active method of user participation where sound effects and melody connection points can be altered through visual signals via the participant’s body movements and poses.


About the artist

Youn Kyung Jang believes that artificial intelligence and humans can stay in solidarity. She held several solo exhibitions on the theme of expressing creativity using artificial intelligence. As a data scientist, she says that she feels happy when she rediscovers new aspects and hidden values of people and objects and appreciates their original value. She also says that she is born to have this 'Job' which works in the data analysis field, where she can work happily by expressing natural 'herself'.

In recent years, research on artificial intelligence that 'thinks like humans' has been an opportunity to look more closely at humans and life. She is seeking an answer for “What’s the difference between the humans' process of developing ideas and the learning patterns of artificial intelligence, and what does ‘being humane’ really mean? 

As an AI researcher, as a human who always wants to get close to art in life, she hopes that many people will awaken the inner artist and easily engage in artistic activities using AI technology. She believes that it will give them an opportunity to express themselves in various ways and to deeply understand others.





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