The painting exhibition Sweet Melancholy – The Art of the Algorithm offers the experience of art born from the creative use of artificial intelligence algorithms (AI generative art). Visitors will enjoy the works of Akindynos Koutsouras but will also be offered the opportunity to create and acquire their own works using digital technology during the exhibition. Artificial intelligence has a huge impact on all areas of life and therefore also on art. Algorithms can “give birth” to unique visual compositions, which exceed the limits of what was previously possible. As artists and art itself must evolve and redefine itself - and through new technologies as it did with the advent of photography - artificial intelligence as a visual medium changes the way we perceive artistic creation and the position of the creator, giving birth to many and perhaps still unanswered questions: • Is the machine or the programmer/user the artist or both? • Is the visual talent canceled or is it transferred to another field and in another way? • Is this medium of expression more “democratic” perhaps allowing a wider range of artists to be represented and what exactly does this mean for society? • Ultimately does the medium or the result matter to the work of art? In the exhibition you will get to know the creations with the new medium, you will wonder, you will experiment and you will enjoy the experience. Stable Diffusion 1.5, automatic1111 in Google Colab has been used for the projects.
Akindynos Koutsouras was born in 1973 in Mytilini. He studied applied arts in Athens at the time of collage and letraset. When he graduated he fell in love with the combination of art/technology with the advent of the then first Photoshop, although his involvement with technology had started in his teenage years with the first computers (Spectrum, Amstrad, Amiga, Mac). He worked in the creative, technical and educational part of his profession for 20 years in various parts of Europe (Rome, Grenoble, Amsterdam and Nicosia). Upon his return to Greece, he became interested in machine learning and its incredible possibilities, especially in the field of art. For the last two years, he has been working amateurally with artificial intelligence systems and, now being certified in data analysis, he is exploring the use of big data in machine learning algorithms and their application in the field of art. [Biography updated on: 17/1/2023]
Duration: 9/2/2023 – 10/2/2023