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🤖 „AI artwork sells for $432,500 — nearly 45 times its high estimate — as Christie’s becomes the first auction house to offer a work of art created by an algorithm“
How Three French Students Used Borrowed Code To Put The First Ai Portrait In Christie’s
Robbie Barrat: „left: the "AI generated" portrait Christie's is auctioning off right now. Right: outputs from a neural network I trained and put online *over a year ago*.“
1. I highly doubt that Christie's is the first auction house to sell a generative artwork done by an algorithm. The price is the news here, it's a story about AI-Art-Hype and the gaming of the market.
2. Complaining about putting visually same-ish generative art online is futile, the sold artwork is qualitatively different from „generated pixels on a grid“ by „signature in form of a formula“, the printing-process and the framing. This is Art-Bullshit, but that's how that market works. I'm not sure, if the art collective behind this stunt played that market to make a statement or simply scammed it. Could be both.
3. The Works of, say, Mario Klingemann is fundamentally different from this. Where Klingemann explores visual space and presents *that space* as an art-form in itself, this collective simply curated the outcome of that space and presented *one single iteration* as an artwork. This is different (and much more conventional [and lame]) than what actual modern explorers of machine creativity (like Barrat or Klingemann) are doing. That sale therefore is not very interesting, from a pure creative-explorative perspective, but highly interesting for investors and analysts of the art-market. Meh.