A Colorado art contest didn’t exactly turn out like the others. Among the participants in the “Digital Art” category were Jason Allen and his three illustrations, including the one that would win the first prize: “Space Opera Theatre”. The work represents a Baroque-style scene, with a worked composition, three female silhouettes standing out against the panorama of a spatial city. The style of the image is reminiscent of the manual work of an artist among many others. And yet.
The three illustrations submitted by Jason Allen, including the one that won the competition, were all generated by the Midjourney artificial intelligence, which makes it possible to create an image from scratch using a few keywords, as reported by Vice.
Using a complex algorithm, these new artificial intelligences have been swarming the Internet for a few months, offering both absurd images and works worthy of great artists. The proof is that these creations can even win first prize in an art competition. Jason Allen shared his joy and his work on a Discord channel dedicated to Midjourney. An exultation that is not to everyone’s taste.
Internet users were indeed indignant at this result and rightly wondered about the future of artists with the arrival of these new tools. Others are more virulent, calling into question the very status of artist claimed by Jason Allen. He defends himself and explains:I explored a special order […] I’ve created hundreds of images using it, and after many weeks of fine-tuning and selecting, I chose my top three designs and had them printed on canvas.“Especially since he had made no secret of having used third-party software when signing his work “Jason M. Allen via Midjourney”.
“I knew this was going to create controversy. It’s interesting how all the people on Twitter who are against AI-generated art are the first to forget that there’s a human behind this work. Doesn’t that sound hypocritical to you?“, adds the artist with a certain annoyance. “I’m not going to stop now. This victory only strengthened me in my mission.“That of having the capabilities of AI recognized in the field of art.