Emami Art Hosted EXO-Stential - AI Musings on The Posthuman

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News Desk, News Nation 360 : Emami Art, one of India’s leading contemporary art galleries based in Kolkata opened its door to India’s first solo exhibition of AI Art featuring works by pioneering artist Harshit Agrawal and curated by Myna Mukherjee. The project has been manifested by Engendered, a transnational arts and human rights organization and is in collaboration with 64/1. The inauguration ceremony was graced by eminent personalities - Rituparna Sengupta, National Award-winning Actor and Producer; Ranjan K Ghosh, Filmmaker and Karthik Kalyanaraman, Artist, Writer and Econometrics Scholar. Harshit Agrawal is a pioneer in the developing genre of AI Art.  He has worked with AI art since its inception in 2015; his work has been nominated twice for the

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top tech art prize, the ‘Lumen’, and he was the only Indian artist at the first global group exhibition of AI Art at a contemporary gallery in 2018.  Initial examples of AI Art mainly revelled in its ability to create hauntingly familiar yet alien forms. The field in the last 5 years has deepened considerably and Harshit’s work is a testimony to that inquiry.  In this, his first solo show, Emami Art presents the enlarged practice and diversity of AI art with experiments in media (painting, sculpture, text, video, interactive media), aesthetic approach (conceptual, sociological, the painterly), process (varying degrees of human involvement), datasets (from European to Indian) and themes. Is AI (Artificial Intelligence) art any good? Is it truly the future of Contemporary art? Does AI re-conceive the human imagination or ready us for its end? Is AI a competition or collaborator? Does AI blur the definition of the ‘artist’? EXO-stential – AI Musings on the Posthuman, offers a deep dive and contemplation of this emergent ontology. Artist Harshit Agrawal says that by working extensively with AI algorithms and datasets and often creating them as an essential part of his practice, he wants to consciously engage with the inevitable techno-centric reality than being simply sucked into it. Ai’s usage in art elevates it from being simply a tool for execution – it influences the outputs more heavily by its estrangement of the dataset it learns from (under the direction and instrumentation of the human artist). He finds this space of engagement with the machine fascinating to work with.

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Report : Anustup Kundu