In October, scarcely four months ago, the auction house Christie's announced the first art auction created by artificial intelligence. The result, sales of $ 432,500. This initiative ignited the debate among the critics on if it can be considered that this art has been created by a machine if there has been (as in fact there is) a human involved in the elaboration of the portrait.
Next month, an auction of Sotheby's in London It can end this discussion or even presage a boom in the art generated by artificial intelligence, which until now has been relatively scarce. The firm will accept offers on March 6 for a piece made by the German artist Mario Klingemann, a piece that has been, according to Sotheby's, completely cured by a computer. Not long ago, EL PAÍS RETINA chatted with the German artist.
Something different from the portrait made with AI that was sold in October, which includes some human intervention by the Obvious art collective, based in Paris. The work of Klingemann, entitled Memories of Passersby I (Memories of passerby I), by Mario Klingemann, is elaborated by an AI brain that emits in two screens an endless flow of images of faces distorted by algorithms. None of the fuzzy faces shown have actually existed.
Even so, some purists continue to insist that the work has not been completely generated by a computer program, since Klingemann had to build the machine. Your machine, however, is ready to create art without ceasing, and soon it will be the bids that decide.
The sale of Obvious exceeded the original estimate of $ 10,000 provided by Sotheby's. Because of that, the house has gone up Memoirs of passersby I, up to about $ 39,000. Another success could be the definitive proof that the art market is ready for more machines.