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Social media channels had a field day this week on awarding Colorado (US)-based emerging player and artist Jason Allen – who won the top prize at the Colorado State Fair Fine Arts Competition with his work. Théâtre D’Opéra Spatial (French for Space Opera Theatre).

The winning work is an epic – an almost allegorical scene – in which a group of characters in period costume gaze out through a circular window at a distant landscape.

The criticism is that this first participant created his work using Midjourney, an artificial intelligence program that transforms lines of text into hyperrealistic graphics. Allen estimated that it took him around 80 hours to create the artwork.

While the USD 300 (GBP 258) price tag is no quarry, global commentary around her work has definitely put her name on the map – to the point that media sources such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Aljazeera and art news all joined in the joke.

The noise kicked off with a social media post from digital artist Genel Jumalon who tweeted a screenshot of Sincarnate’s post from Allen’s gaming handle, celebrating his win (on Midjourney’s Discord channel ).

Jumalon’s post states, “Someone entered an art contest with an AI-generated work and won first prize. Yeah, that’s pretty shitty.

Within hours, Jumalon’s post had been liked over 85,000 times.

In an interview with the Pueblo Chieftain, Allen said, “I wanted to make a statement using artificial intelligence artwork. I feel like I accomplished that, and I’m not going to apologize.

So what does this win mean for digital art awards going forward, and more so, what does it mean for collecting practices?

A case of automated plagiarism

In part, it’s social media that has made it such a noisy topic.

Artists have been working with the digitally-enabled generation of artwork for a long time. The highlight of the social conversation is that, unlike a digital tablet using drawing applications for example, this work is created entirely by algorithms.

Dr. Mike Seymour, Lecturer at the University of Sydney Business School, is an internationally respected expert on digital humans and virtual production, and leads the ‘Design Thinking with DALL-E’ workshop at DISRUPT.SYDNEY.

He said of Allen’s victory: “The question of AI art may seem difficult, but the AI ​​engine is just that: an engine. It makes no creative judgments – it responds to the “intent” of the operator, or in this case, the artist, however. How to guide the AI, what changes to make, and when to stop and say, “I think this has artistic merit!” is directly up to that artist.

He continued, “The question of the role of the artist in the artistic endeavor has been a much-discussed topic due to the winning artwork produced by AI, but frankly, it’s also a key question. in the art world for decades, if not longer.’

Seymour emphasizes that art is the intention of the artist and the reaction of the viewer within a societal context.

‘By this account Space Opera Theater ticks all the boxes: it was produced with intent, it was received with a huge emotional response, and in the context of our current thinking about AI, it is relevant,” Seymour said in a statement.

I feel like right now the artistic community is heading for an existential crisis if it hasn’t already. A big factor in this is…disruptive open AI technology.

Jason Allen, AI Artist and Game Winner

“A lot of people say, ‘AI will never take over creative jobs, it’ll never be something artists and sculptors have to worry about.’ And we’re right in the middle of that, dealing with it right now,” he told the Chieftan.

Drew Harwell writes for The Washington Post: ‘Text-to-image tools like DALL-E 2 and Midjourney have rapidly grown in sophistication and become one of the hottest topics in AI. They can generate not just fake people, objects, and places, but mimic entire visual styles.

“Users can require the artwork to look like a cartoon storybook, historical diagram, or Associated Press photograph, and the system will do its best to comply.

But AI-generated art has been criticized as automated plagiarism because it relies on millions of ingested artworks that are then repeated en masse. It also fueled deeper fears: decimating people’s creative work, blurring the boundaries of reality, or stifling human artistry.

Drew Harwell, The Washington Post.

Many have argued that AI is just one tool among many, like a brush or a potter’s wheel, and that the pushback is based on fear and ignorance, rather than a future expanded practice. .

The other side – as Harwell suggests – is worried about copyright issues.

Midjourney has become one of the most popular AI art generators largely because it allows anyone to freely create new images on command. Using the “/imagine” prompt, a user can input what they want to see and the AI ​​will return four newly created images in 60 seconds. The user can also ask the AI ​​to improve or “scale” the visual quality with new variations on the same idea.

Yes, that sounds great – but who owns the images that are collected and collated?

“What makes this AI different is that it’s explicitly trained on artists who are currently working,” echoed digital artist RJ Palmer in a tweet last month. “This thing wants our jobs; it is actively anti-artist.’

One of the problems is the lightning speed at which this technology is advancing because copyright and controls cannot keep up.

While the art world may be grappling with today’s problem, these platforms have already created the next problem. And as far as copyright is concerned…well, we’re still in the dark ages if we’re talking about proportionate action when it comes to market.

Disapprovingly, Kevin Roose writes in The New York Times: ‘AI-generated art has been around for years. But the tools launched this year – with names like DALL-E 2, Midjourney and Stable Diffusion – have enabled serious hobbyists to create complex, abstract or photorealistic works simply by typing a few words into a text box.

The reference here is “rank amateurs”.

Roose continues, “What makes the new generation of AI tools different, according to some critics, is not just that they are able to produce beautiful works of art with minimal effort. That’s how they work.

He explained that these new programs fetch millions of images from the open web, then “teach algorithms to recognize patterns and relationships in those images and generate new ones in the same style.” This means that artists who upload their works to the Internet can unwittingly help train their algorithmic competitors.

Obviously, this topic is just the tip of an iceberg worthy of a Titanic collision, and one to watch closely.

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MSU College of Architecture, Art and Design Names Interdisciplinary Design Competition Student Team Winners https://a1usarealestate.com/msu-college-of-architecture-art-and-design-names-interdisciplinary-design-competition-student-team-winners/ Thu, 08 Sep 2022 14:05:08 +0000 https://a1usarealestate.com/msu-college-of-architecture-art-and-design-names-interdisciplinary-design-competition-student-team-winners/

Contact: Allison Matthews

Members of the winning team of the recent Brasfield & Gorrie LLC student design competition within MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design are pictured with representatives from Brasfield and Gorrie. Left to right, front row: Richard Brooks, Brasfield & Gorrie preconstruction manager; Isaiah Brooking, Brasfield & Gorrie associate director of virtual design and construction; Sydney Macmann, interior design, Diamondhead; Caroline Prather, architecture, Clinton; Anna Kathryn Watson, interior design, Shannon; Sonsireth Di Geronimo, interior design, Starkville; Emily Young, interior design, Somerville, Tennessee; Max Cook, Brasfield & Gorrie assistant director of virtual design and construction; and Parker Cain, director of virtual design and construction for Brasfield & Gorrie; left to right, back row: Heath Greenlee, building construction science, Columbia; Connor Bailey, Building Construction Science, Madison; Lucas Elder, architecture, Starkville; John Morrow, building science, Tuscumbia, Alabama; Patrick Haggerty, building construction science, Spring, Texas; and Ethan Harvey, architecture, Franklin, Tennessee. (Photo by Grace Cockrell)

STARKVILLE, Mississippi—A comprehensive student team project at the Mississippi State College of Architecture, Art, and Design helps seniors mirror professional client projects like they might expect in as graduates in their respective fields.

The annual Brasfield & Gorrie LLC Student Design Competition is an interdisciplinary competition in which teams of students from MSU’s architecture, building science, and interior design majors simulate real-life design processes.

The mission “seeks to engage individual disciplines in collective design and construction solutions” and “integrates the principles of sustainability, innovation and LEED construction”.

For this year’s assignment, students were asked to design and create a renovation and construction plan for an existing MSU building with the goal of utilizing the space for the new Master of Fine Arts in Historic Preservation at the University. ‘university. Ten teams recently made their final presentations to Brasfield & Gorrie representatives and MSU faculty.

CAAD Dean Angi Elsea Bourgeois said the intensive project at the start of the students’ fourth year aligns with one of the college’s main goals: collaboration.

“We know that these industries have become increasingly integrated and that customers are now demanding integrated product delivery. It is also a better business model when it comes to taking a project from the conceptual planning phase, through design, construction, and down to interior design details, such as lighting. Projects have the best results when design and construction professionals work together from day one,” said Bourgeois.

Brasfield & Gorrie is a Birmingham, Alabama-based construction company that provides general contracting, design-build and construction management services to a wide range of clients. Bourgeois said the company has been a longtime partner of the MSU college and has provided important guidance as changing industry trends warrant updates to teaching methodology.

“Brasfield & Gorrie spoke to us about the importance of respective professionals working together, when traditionally each industry was more isolated,” Bourgeois said. She explained that the student design competition is a convenient way to prepare students for best practices, and Brasfield & Gorrie employees listen to final presentations and offer feedback, along with competition winners.

Members of the winning team include (by hometown):

CLINTON—Caroline Prather, architecture

COLUMBIA—Heath Greenlee, building construction science

DIAMONDHEAD—Sydney Macmann, interior design

FRANKLIN, Tennessee—Ethan Harvey, architecture

MADISON—Connor Bailey, building science

SHANNON—Anna Kathryn Watson, interior design

SOMERVILLE, TN—Emily Young, interior design

SPRING, Texas—Patrick Haggerty, building science

STARKVILLE—Lucas Elder, architecture; and Sonsireth Di Geronimo, interior design

TUSCUMBIA, Alabama—John Morrow, building construction science

Honorable mention to the team members of the recent Brasfield & Gorrie LLC student design competition
Members of the honorable mention team from the recent Brasfield & Gorrie LLC student design competition within MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design include, left to right: Matt Spurgeon, building science of buildings, Jackson, Tennessee; Jake Herrington, architecture, Louisville; Elizabeth Gallagher, building science, Greenwood; Rachel Bozeman, interior design, Hazlehurst; Raden Burris, building science, Clinton; and Claire Iupe, interior design, Madison; left to right: Matthew White, building science, Navarre, Florida; Tyler Pipkins, architecture, Demopolis, Alabama; Jack Minges, building science, Tuscaloosa, Alabama; and Aidan Taylor, interior design, Red Banks. (Photo by Grace Cockrell)

Members of the honorable mention team include (by hometown):

CLINTON—Raden Burris, building construction science

DEMOPOLIS, Alabama—Tyler Pipkins, architecture

GREENWOOD—Elizabeth Gallagher, building science

HAZLEHURST—Rachel Bozeman, interior design

JACKSON, Tennessee—Matt Spurgeon, building science

LOUISVILLE—Jake Herrington, architecture

MADISON—Claire Iupe, interior design

NAVARRE, Fla.—Matthew White, building science

RED BANKS—Aidan Taylor, Interior Design

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama—Jack Minges, building science

Learn more about MSU’s College of Architecture, Art, and Design at www.caad.msstate.edu.

MSU is the main university in Mississippi, available online at www.msstate.edu.

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Australia: NSW nurses stage fourth statewide strike https://a1usarealestate.com/australia-nsw-nurses-stage-fourth-statewide-strike/ Fri, 02 Sep 2022 07:17:56 +0000 https://a1usarealestate.com/australia-nsw-nurses-stage-fourth-statewide-strike/

Thousands of public sector nurses and midwives went on strike yesterday in New South Wales (NSW) at locations across the state, demanding minimum nurse-to-shift ratios of 3:1 in the emergency services and 4:1 in the neighborhoods and a salary increase of 7%. It was the fourth statewide walkout by NSW nurses this year.

Striking nurses at Sydney’s Westmead Hospital are demanding better nurse-to-patient ratios and higher wages. [Photo: WSWS]

There is widespread anger among workers over the unbearable conditions, including chronic underfunding, relentless workloads and overcrowding, exacerbated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

In August, 94% of nurses and midwives voted in favor of the strike. They have repeatedly called for united action with other workers engaged in labor disputes, including other health workers, railway staff and teachers. This was reflected in the comments of nurses who spoke to World Socialist Website reporters yesterday.

The Nurses and Midwives Association of New South Wales (NSWNMA), however, designed the strike to deepen the isolation of nurses. Rather than mass rallies, workers attended demonstrations spread across 60 separate locations, mostly outside individual hospitals.

Slightly larger marches took place in Newcastle and Wollongong, along with a 24-hour ‘picket’ at Westmead Hospital in Sydney’s west, cordoned off by security to allow people through. As in previous strikes, NSWNMA members working in the private sector were excluded, as were other health workers not covered by the union.

At these limited events, union speakers issued plaintive pleas to political parties to “listen” to striking nurses, a line advanced by the NSWNMA since the first statewide nurses’ strike in february. Again, the sole blame for the crisis in hospitals has been placed on the Liberal NSW Government and Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet.

Michael Whaites, Acting Deputy General Secretary, said in a speech at Sydney’s Westmead Hospital: “We are fed up that Perrottet is not listening…qualified and experienced healthcare practitioners…He is while Perrottet is listening”.

The thrust of the speeches was to deflect nurses’ anger at the Perrottet government, while concealing the role of Labor and the union itself in creating the dire conditions faced by healthcare workers.

A union spokesperson at the Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) Hospital in Sydney said: ‘What is the ALP [Australian Labor Party] saying? Nothing.”

Cultivating the illusion that Labor could be reformed, she continued: “They are in negotiations with us, and will see in the coming weeks if we can reach an agreement.”

NSW Labor leader Chris Minns has made it clear he opposes nurse-to-patient ratios per shift, and that any pay rises for the public sector must be linked to ‘productivity’ increases.