A unique exhibition, showcasing artworks created by artificial intelligence (AI), in collaboration with human counterparts is scheduled to be held at the Gallery P1 in Ulsan.
The exhibition, namely ‘Synaptic Self’ will be held until Sunday, April 3, 2022. It has been organized by 138M Studio, branded by UNIST faculty startup, Core[dot]Today Inc.
The new exhibition has been promoted as a part of Core[dot]Today‘s new project that fuses art and technology. Held under the theme of ‘Art + Tech Collaboration,’ it will be showcasing a work of mixed media installation art, featuring displays. As part of this exhibition, Core[dot]Today created images, which will be expressed through the displays within the artworks, installed by Artist Sira Kang.
In this exhibition, two types of AI had been used. The first AI learned over 14 million images to generate a new set of images. The second AI learned over 400 million text-image pairs to determine the suitability of content for the previous AI-generated images. Through this process, AI was able to generate images based on simple text instructions, presented by a human artist.
Core[dot]Today is a data processing company, located in Ulsan. The company has made various attempts to combine data technology with arts. A classic example in point is the November 2021 exhibit, namely ‘Unfamiliar Familiarity,’ showcasing the paintings of Taehwagang National Garden in Ulsan, created by AI that acquired the painting techniques of famous artists, such as Van Gogh.
Their collaborations have also been displayed at the 2022 Hwarang Art Festival, a representative art fair in Korea. Marking its 40th anniversary, this year’s Hwarang Art Festival took place at Seoul Trade Exhibition Center (SETEC) in Gangnam, Seoul from March 16 to 20, 2022. This festival, which was the largest ever, featured about 4,000 artworks submitted by 800 artists from 143 domestic galleries, including collaborative works by Core[dot]Today.
Meanwhile, Core[dot]Today is a specialized company that processes and analyzes source data to provide a data model that meets the necessary purposes. It was founded in 2016 by Professor Bongsoo Jang in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at UNIST and is currently headed by KyungHoon Kim, a postdoctoral researcher who was with him at the time. The company developed a Korean legal research engine, entitled LAWBOT in 2018. Besides, it was also was recognized for its outstanding quality competitiveness by being selected as a company supported by the Ministry of Science and ICT for an AI data voucher program in 2019.