A man has won an art contest in Colorado using art generated by artificial intelligence, sparking a debate about what art is

Discord screenshot of digital artist Jason Allen’s winning AI-generated work, “Théâtre D’Opera Spatial”Discord/Jason Allen @sincarnate

  • A man uses an artificial intelligence program to create art that wins a digital art competition.

  • The program, called Midjourney, generates graphics using a series of text submitted by a user.

  • After posting about the win on Discord, the post was shared on Twitter where users discussed it.

After posting online about his victory in a state fair art contest using art generated by artificial intelligence, a man faces backlash about the win.

Artist Jason Allen used an artificial intelligence program called Midjourney to make the winning piece, called “Théâtre D’Opera Spatial,” which won first place for digital art in the Colorado State Fair’s fine arts competition.

Midjourney generates graphics from words in a text box. In a Discord post it was shared on TwitterAllen, under the username Sincarnate, wrote about creating the image using Midjourney and winning first place in the digital art category of the state fair’s fine art contest.

“I’ve been researching a special prompt that I’ll post at a later date, I’ve created 100 images using it and after many weeks of fine tuning and curating my gene, I’ve chosen my top 3 and had them printed on canvas after Gigapixel scaling AI,” the post said.

Allen did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment before publication.

in sharing tweets post Genel Jumalon wrote: “TL;DR – Someone entered an art contest with an AI-generated piece and won first prize. Yeah, that’s pretty gross.”

Other Twitter users joined the debate on whether or not art is a scam and what AI will do to creative jobs.

“We are watching the death of artistry unfold right before our eyes – if creative jobs are not protected by machines, then even highly skilled jobs are in danger of becoming obsolete,” wrote Twitter user OmniMorpho.

Another Twitter user, Sanguiphilia, tweeted: “This is so gross. I can see how AI art could be useful, but claiming to be an artist by generating it? Absolutely not. I see a lot of kids working their way through assignments with this.”

“I’m not going to apologize for it,” Allen told The New York Times. “I won and I didn’t break any rules.”

Allen told the paper that he was transparent about art made using an AI program. He said he submitted the art with “Jason M. Allen via Midjourney” as the artist. Olga Roeback, director of communications for the Colorado Department of Agriculture, which runs the fair, said Allen did not violate any rules of the competition, according to The Pueblo Chieftain.

According to 9News, the NBC affiliate in Denver, Colorado, the art contest judges were unaware that his art was created with AI.

“This is the first time I’ve ever entered a competition and won,” Allen told the station. “I think it really speaks to the power of AI, and a lot of people got upset by it, unfortunately.”

He told 9News he made 900 iterations of the art before the piece he eventually submitted, edited it in Photoshop and spent 80 hours on the art.

“Artificial intelligence is a tool like a brush is a tool, and behind it is a creative force and a mind,” Allen told 9News. “Behind the prompts is an imagination and an author.”

AI art is not new and is becoming more advanced with the release of programs like Midjourney and DALL-E 2.

“It’s not going to stop,” Allen told the Times of the backlash to AI art. “Art is dead, dude. It’s over. AI won. The people lost.”

Another contestant in the art competition, Jessica Hare, won third place in the same category and told 9News, “I don’t know if I’ve had enough time to process that,” about losing to AI art.

One of the competition’s two judges, Cal Duran, told 9News that Allen’s winning entry “has a voice,” even though it was made by AI, which he said he doesn’t know.

“I think the artist that made it had a voice that made it,” Durand told the station.

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