Swedish artist Simon Stalenhag is famous for his works that combine natural settings with the whimsy of futuristic robots, industrial machinery and alien creatures.

The AI performance was performed by Andres Guadamuz, an intellectual property law expert at the University of Sussex in the UK and is researching legal issues related to paintings created by AI.

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Guadamuz says these works were created to highlight legal and ethical issues related to algorithmic painting.

The researcher chose Stalenhag because the artist has criticized AI’s works and would likely object to the test, but insisted he did not want to provoke the artist.

Stalenhag admits that borrowing styles is part of painting culture, but he still hates AI because `it represents what the technology world will force the public to accept in the future`.

He does not consider AI works to be copied and thinks that tools like Midjourney can be used to explore new artistic ideas.

Algorithms have been used to create pictures for decades, but the new era of AI painting began in January 2021 when OpenAI announced Dall-E, a program that can draw pictures from written descriptions.

In April, OpenAI launched Dall-E 2 with the ability to create photos, illustrations and paintings that resemble human works.

OpenAI applies word filters and tools to detect potentially offensive photos.

Artists hate AI painting

A work created by Midjourney.

RJ Palmer, who specializes in drawing fantasy creatures and participated in the movie Detective Pikachu, said he tried Dall-E 2 out of curiosity, as well as concerns about the impact of AI on his work.

David Oreilly, an artist who has criticized Dall-E, believes that the idea of ​​using AI to learn from past works to create new paintings and make money is wrong.

Jonathan Low, CEO of photo company Jumpstory in Denmark, does not understand how AI-generated paintings will be used for commercial purposes.

OpenAI spokeswoman Hannah Wong affirmed that the company’s AI image creation service is used by many artists and that they always seek feedback from the art world during the development process.