How can Artificial Intelligence help us understand, initiate and develop creative processes?


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Who actually creates whom, the artist the work or the work the artist? This question, which catapults us directly into the chicken-and-egg dilemma of artistic creation which can be applied in an even more radical way to the relationship between artists and artificial intelligence (AI). For when machines begin to make art, the position of the artist is shaken: Is there still room for the artist? For the genius?

Roman Lipski's works choose such reflections on authorship, genius, and originality as their starting point. For his work "Unfinished", Lipski, together with Florian Dohmann from the Berlin AI company Birds on Mars, created an AI muse that, according to him, makes him the only artist in Berlin who no longer has to suffer creative crises.

The exhibition shows excerpts from the process of inspiration and creation that Lipski went through in exchange with the AI muse. With the help of three works, the viewer can understand the reciprocal relationship between the Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) and the artist: A sculpture created by Lipski finds its echo in a digital image generated by the AI-Muse, which in turn serves as inspiration for the third work presented, a painting created by Lipski. Fearful prophecies which foretell the end of human cultural creation in the age of AI, are juxtaposed by UNFINISHED offering a more optimistic - perhaps even a more realistic - design of a relationship between artists and AI. The question that arises in UNFINISHED is not whether the art of the future will be created by machines. The relevant question is how and when learning systems will support human creative processes - as a human-machine dialogue that we can shape ourselves.