Artists powered by artificial intelligence

Computers are becoming more than tools. They produce near-perfect works. So much so that an American jury, without knowing it, awarded first prize in an art competition to a painting created by an AI.

It exists almost everywhere. Will artificial intelligence (AI) also prevail or even dominate the art world? In our hyper-connected everyday life, there is now more and more room for artistic creativity.

Music, painting, writing or photography, we find it everywhere. Recent example: A computer won an art competition Colorado. The human artist imagined a canvas. He gave the computer some keywords. And it was the algorithm that did all the work. The man leaves with a $300 prize.

Virtual rapper FN Meka was created from a compilation of thousands of data from video games and social networks [FN MEKA – Réseaux sociaux – DR.]Then the controversy swells. Another story was added this summer to fuel this debate. That of the first artificial intelligence music star, FN Meka. The virtual rapper was fired from his record label.

appropriation of codes

He is accused of racist statements and actions. A group of American activists Industry BlackoutShe launched a campaign on social networks. To them, these songs are a direct insult to the black community and their culture. They denounce an amalgam of gross stereotypes.

The voice is human, but the lyrics and music were created by an artificial intelligence. The AI ​​analyzed hundreds of hit songs to produce its work. Before being denounced, he was a hit on TikTok with 10 million subscribers.

This arrival of artificial intelligence at the forefront of culture is just the beginning. It reproduces identical master paintings. She writes novels or creates photos. There are no more borders. Tools to enhance artists’ creativity are ubiquitous.

Stand for rappers

Artificial intelligence even enters purely human territory. The improvisational instinct. Software lets you do rap freestyles. It works a bit like word suggestions for SMS.

Here the artificial intelligence must recognize its sound and its meaning in order to immediately suggest a continuation of your story. A sequel that rhymes. Little by little, words appear on the screen… a bit like a prompter in the theater. The startup BrainRap is currently doing the rounds american studios.

These tools have become indispensable to creation. Programming becomes a must for aspiring artists. “We have had programming courses and even electronics courses for a number of years,” explains Alexis Georgacopoulos, director of the Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne.

“Not everyone has that. But these skills are necessary in areas like interactive design or new technologies.” The projects multiply.

AI feeds on the work of others

An almost infinite amount water towers computer generated or the creation of a chinese digital typography From 90,000 entries, students test artificial intelligence as Tool in the service of the artist. A changing, complex tool, but a tool.

With the systematic use of artificial intelligence to support creation, a certain standardization of works is possible. “There is a risk, but a measured risk,” said Nicolas Nova, a sociologist at the Haute École d’Art et de Design in Geneva.

“If everyone uses the same tool and does the same thing, it will show. This criticism can already be heard in the music. Overuse of a tool like the vocoder drives the audience to listen to other things. Artists will find new ways to use these tools, to distract, to transform. It’s a constant in the history of artistic practice.”

Pascal Wassmer


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