A walk through India's first AI art show

By arvind |Email | Aug 20, 2018 | 8034 Views

Art is something everybody wants to own. Everyone might not understand art, or have the money to buy the expensive art pieces, but people want art in their house. While art exhibitions is something that has attracted the rich's and has been around us for the longest of times from the mid 1700s to this very moment. Be it Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh or Leonardo da Vinci or the budding artist you might have heard of him, AI or artificial intelligence. AI and arts is still a new thing and not everyone is familiar with the concept of it. AI art exhibition have been there for a few years but is still a thing of tomorrow. While there have been a few examples of AI art shows, India had it share of this first of its kind exhibition the past week. 
'Gradient descent' that was the title of the show and was the country's first art exhibition (artificial intelligence). The AI art show opened its doors on the 17th of august in the Nature Morte gallery in New Delhi and will run till 15th of September. 'Gradient Descent' showcases the works of seven artists equipped with a strong background in artificial neural network and are from US, Japan, Germany, Turkey, UK, New Zealand and India. The exhibition provides a different eye for the art, showcasing the work a machine is capable of doing and producing. The art is up for sale starting from $ 500(35,000 rupees) and go as high as $30,000(21 lakh rupees), the algorithms and the art work are both on sale at the exhibition. From a series titled 'The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Algorithm' by Bengaluru-based new media artist Harshit Agarwal, that exhibits images of what an AI imagines the interiors of a human anatomy to be, to a video of artificially generated, grotesquely distorted human faces (titled '9530 Self Portraits') made by self-taught German artist Mario Klingemann. The show actually raised a few eyebrows: could this be the revolutionary change in the field of art? Could it change our perspective towards art? Where does this puts human artists in the future?
The co-director of the gallery, Aparajita Jain explains by saying," At Nature Morte, we've always tried to be ahead of the curve and are constantly representing artists who are way ahead of their time. These artists are continuously looking at what's going on around them and responding to that through art", she further explains by saying," In present day scenario, I feel the two largest changes that will impact mankind are climate change and Artificial Intelligence. While I haven't seen much work on climate change, I thought it was imperative for us to do a show on AI art. Both Peter [Nagy] and I felt that we had to bring conversations involving AI into the mainstream."
Focusing on building the public understanding of how artists and artificial intelligence can work together to create art is what 64/1 an art curation and research collective wanted to convey to people.

Source: HOB