When three scientists and a project manager team up to make art, they make it intelligent. Mirko Franjic, Niklas Fricke, Alexander Loktyushin and Johannes Stelzer are Lunar Ring. Following a string of AI-embedded art installations, including two at the Tübingen art gallery, the group’s latest work is an interactive piece in downtown Potsdam, open to the public between 5 September and 4 October 2020. Together with Bechtle, AI company Colugo—from which Lunar Ring emerged—are presenting Baden-Württemberg as Europe’s leading AI innovation centre as part of Germany’s Unity Day celebrations.
The video shows the installation 1902-2012 at the Tübingen art gallery. The exhibition reflects on works in the Emden art gallery’s collection by artists including Wassily Kandinsky, August Macke and Salomé. The software developed by Lunar Ring analyses the aesthetics of the paintings before independently turning them into something new based on painting techniques it has learned. Visitors can follow the process and see the results on various monitors.
Computer systems are becoming increasingly intelligent and creative, not only bringing into question humans as the only visionary beings, but also beginning to interact with us in a new and amazing way. These developments are having far-reaching consequences on our concept of humanity and will also fundamentally change the world we live in.
Niklas Frick, Lunar Ring
While it seems as if invisible brushes are painting over the original work, complex computing processes are running in the background, tapping into capacities including from the High Performance Computing Centre Stuttgart (HLRS).
On the left is the original painting Small Italian Landscape by Max Beckmann and underneath, the new AI version in the style of artist, Sonia Delaunay.
The original painting by Sonia Delaunay: Two Finnish Girls and below, the AI version in the style of the artist, Hanns Ludwig Katz.
In the exhibition Wer malt denn da? (Who’s painting?), paintings by children created in the gallery’s studio have received the AI treatment. Visitors could also create their own paintings which were then fed into the AI software. This created a sinuous interlacing of diverse influences, in which human and digital creativity became one. Bechtle Rottenburg supported the project and equipped the installation with the required monitors. 8K resolution (7,680 x 4,320 pixels) made virtually all brushstrokes visible.
This fish was painted by an exhibition visitor. The two images below show the fish as interpreted by AI influenced by two different paintings of the artist, Hanns Ludwig Katz.
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