A man came first at the Colorado State Fair Fine Art Contest using artwork created by artificial intelligence on Monday. “You won first place,” a user from Sincarnate said in a Discord post above the AI-generated canvas images hanging in the gallery.
Sincarnate’s name is Jason Allen, president of the Colorado-based board game company avatar games. according to State Fair Website, won in the Digital Art category with a work called “Théâtre D’opéra Spatial”. The photo, which Allen printed on canvas for her submission, is of great beauty. It depicts an eerie scene that looks like it might be from a space opera, and looks like a masterfully done painting. Classic figures in a baroque hall staircase through a circular viewport into a sunny and bright landscape.
But Allen did not draw “Théâtre D’opéra Spatial”, as did an artificial intelligence program called Midjourney. He used his prompts, but Allen didn’t use a digital brush. This distinction sparked controversy on Twitter as working and enthusiastic artists accused Allen of precipitating the death of creative jobs.
“TL;DR – Someone entered an art competition with an AI-generated piece and won first prize,” artist Jenil Jumalon He said in a viral tweet Allen win. “Yeah, that’s so ridiculous.”
“We are watching the death of artwork unfold before our eyes,” tweeted Twitter user OmniMorpho He said in reply Which has garnered more than 2000 likes. “If creative jobs are not safe from machines, even highly skilled jobs are in danger of becoming obsolete. What will we have next?”
“I knew this was going to be controversial,” Allen said on Tuesday’s Midjourney Discord server. “How interesting to see how all these people on Twitter who are against AI-generated art are the first to throw humans under the bus by denigrating the human element! Does that sound hypocritical to you guys?”
Motherboard reached out to Allen, who responded that he was about to set out for a 12-hour drive and could not immediately comment.
According to Allen, his contribution was instrumental in shaping the award-winning painting. “I have been exploring a private vector that I will post later, have created hundreds of images with it, and after several weeks of fine-tuning and organizing my clan, I have selected my 3 best images and printed them on canvas after unbinding with Gigapixel AI,” he wrote in a post before the winners were announced.
Allen said that his critics judge art by the way it is created, and that the art world will eventually recognize art created by artificial intelligence as its own category. “What if we look at it from the other end, what if an artist makes a difficult and intricate series of constraints in order to create a piece, for example, they make their art hanging upside down and being whipped while painting,” he said. “Should this artist’s work be evaluated differently from another artist who created the same piece ‘normal’? I know what will happen to this in the end, they will simply create the category of ‘artificial intelligence’ I imagine for things like that.”
Artists are concerned about the rise of art created by artificial intelligence. Atlantic Writer Charlie Warzel went viral after running a version of Magazine Newsletter With a photo produced by Midjourney by Alex Jones. A major post that uses artificial intelligence for art instead of a human annoys a lot of people. Cartoonist Matt Bowers told Warzel in follow piece. The art of artificial intelligence is part of that. For developers and tech-minded people, that’s great, but for illustrators, it’s very annoying because you seem to have eliminated the need to hire an illustrator.”
Allen said he vividly described his presentation to the State Fair as “Jason Allen through Midjourney,” and again referred to the human element required to produce the work. “I create images with MJ, pass them in with Photoshop, and scale them up with Gigapixel.”
Despite the controversy, the win only encouraged him. “I’m not stopping now,” he said. “This win only encouraged my mission.”