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My Art Portfolio - Man Amongst Gods

Updated: Feb 21



What is Art or in this case Visual Art?


I've always thought of Art as a two step process of communication.


The first part is the creation of "...a visual object or experience consciously created through an expression of skill or imagination." The second part is the emotional and/or intellectual response from experiencing this creation. For Art to have meaning as a means of communication, both must exist.


Art for its own sake is perfectly fine of course, but it is only as a mental and creative exercise by and for the artist. It is only when it has travelled from one mind to another it has reached its full potential.


Which leads me to this artistic endeavour - A collaboration with a Generative Adversarial Network. The initial seed was an experiment to let a neural network machine learning model design the cover of my next book, MAN AMONGST GODS, to let the cover creation process to imitate the subject matter of the book.


I wanted to represent the idea of man, machine and plant as a singular thing, merged together in an apocalyptic union. Humankind is battling for supremacy over anything and everything. We've subjugated the biomes, forcing animal and plant life to our will. We've created a whole new world in technology and we are slowly losing control of it.


I generated hundreds of artworks, one more disturbing than the other, but they resonated with me. The battle between man and technology represented by the fusion of a human skull and machinery with the victor, lush vegetation, growing over this new Frankenstein's monster.



Is this Art? Of course it is! Art isn't solely defined by the hours slaved away on the canvas by a master of his craft. The idea and concepts is equally important, as is the emotional and/or intellectual response from the audience.


So here we are...at the final frontier. The Turing Test is a deceptively simple method of determining whether a machine can demonstrate human intelligence: If a machine can engage in a conversation with a human without being detected as a machine, it has demonstrated human intelligence.


But maybe this should be extended to other aspects of human intelligence, such as Art...


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