“AIs Win Art Competition, “Real” Artists PISSED!

Jason Allen’s AI-generated work “Théâtre D’opéra Spatial” took first place in the digital category at the Colorado State Fair. Jason’s work wowed the judges with its creativity and originality, and he is now the proud owner of a first-place ribbon.

Ai Art generators like Midjourney and MyAiTeam have become increasingly popular over the last few months.

An Ai beat out many human competitors at the Colorado State Fair’s Fine Art competition using an AI-generated artwork on Monday. “I won first place,” a user named Sincarnate said in a Discord post, accompanied by photos of the AI-generated canvases hanging at the fair.

Jason Allen, the president of Colorado-based tabletop gaming company Incarnate Games, won in the digital art category with a work called “Théâtre D’opéra Spatial.” The image, which Allen printed on canvas for submission, is a gorgeously executed painting that depicts a strange scene that looks like it could be from a space opera. Classical figures in a Baroque hall stare through a circular viewport into a sun-drenched and radiant landscape.

Some people are upset that an AI made a painting because they think it means that eventually machines will do all the art and there won’t be any need for human artists anymore.

“We’re watching the death of artistry unfold before our eyes,” a Twitter user going by OmniMorpho said in a reply that gained over 2,000 likes. “If creative jobs aren’t safe from machines, then even high-skilled jobs are in danger of becoming obsolete. What will we have then?”

“I knew this would be controversial,” Allen said in the Midjourney Discord server on Tuesday. “How interesting is it to see how all these people on Twitter who are against AI generated art are the first ones to throw the human under the bus by discrediting the human element! Does this seem hypocritical to you guys?”

Whether you like it or not, AI generated art is here to stay. And it’s only going to get more popular as the technology gets better and better. So if you’re against it, you might as well get used to it.

According to Allen, his input was instrumental to the shaping of the award winning painting. “I have been exploring a special prompt that I will be publishing at a later date, I have created 100s of images using it, and after many weeks of fine tuning and curating my gens, I chose my top 3 and had them printed on canvas after unshackling with Gigapixel AI,” he wrote in a post before the winners were announced.

Allen said that his critics are judging the art by the method of its creation, and that eventually the art world will recognize AI-created art as its own category.

“What if we looked at it from the other extreme, what if an artist made a wildly difficult and complicated series of restraints in order to create a piece, say, they made their art while hanging upside-down and being whipped while painting,” he said. “Should this artist’s work be evaluated differently than another artist that created the same piece ‘normally’? I know what will become of this in the end, they are simply going to create an ‘artificial intelligence art’ category I imagine for things like this.”

Artists are concerned about the rise of ai-generated art. atlantic writer charlie warzel went viral after running an edition of the magazine’s newsletter with a midjourney-generated picture of alex jones. a major publication using ai for art instead of a human upset a lot of people. “technology is increasingly deployed to make gig jobs and to make billionaires richer, and so much of it doesn’t seem to benefit the public good enough,” cartoonist matt borrs told warzel in a follow up piece. “ai art is part of that. to developers and technically minded people, it’s this cool thing, but to illustrators it’s very upsetting because it feels like you’ve eliminated the need to hire the illustrator.”

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