Elementary World: SmartArt



Elementary World: SmartArt

What will it be when sensibility meets rationality?

Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai (MoCA Shanghai) and SenseTime is going to hold the exhibition “Art×AI Series — Elementary World: SmartArt” from 14th June to 14th July at MoCA Pavilion. Artist Element Lee is cordially invited to create the whole series of artworks for this exhibition. The exhibition news conference will be held at the MoCA on 19th June. There will be three more Art×AI Series exhibitions, which are “Lesson of Practice” by Zhang Ying, “Art Expression of the Shanghai Sky” by Liu Jia Yu and “Interaction with statue” by Zhou Ho Ho, coming after Lee’s Elementary World: SmartArt. The advanced AI technology of SenseTime such as, facial recognition, joint 3D face reconstruction, neutral style and data visualization are merged with the artworks in the exhibitions to allow spectators to understand AI technology while feeling art. Through mixing art with AI technology, it is hoped that people can sense the beauty of life deeply.

As said by Miriam Sun, Executive Director of MoCA, “Art is a communication platform without boundary”. By cooperating with SenseTime, a technology company, MoCA aimed to motivate the connection between art and technology, lead viewers to experience and explore art in a different way and open up a new journey to interact with art and high technology at the same time. Eventually, it could raise the awareness of the medium of AI art.

Art and technology seem having no connection but actually they are not. Zhang Lin, general manager of SenseTime, said “SenseTime have opened up the door of technology by AI. MoCA is a window of art. By combining the advantages of both of us, it makes chemical reaction. I believe that it would bring a lot of unexpected surprises when art and technology mixes together. Thus, more people can feel the “The Art of Sensible AI”.”

In the viewpoint of artist Element Lee, the technique of AI can make art become an automatic art of AI.  The exhibition of ”Elementary World: SmartArt” by Element Lee is now opened for public from 14th June to 14th July in MoCA Pavilion, West Nanjing Road, Shanghai. In this unique art space of AI, every visitors can enjoy an all-rounded experience of AI art. By using acrylic, stickers, and recycled device, Lee mixed it with digital as well as hand drawing to create a mysterious wall painting, ” AI Adversarial” , which attracts lots of people. The audience can also come and experience the interactive games ” West Nanjing Rd. Nerual Style” and ” AI Adversarial” . For this exhibition, Lee explained that under the theme of AI, the three pieces of artworks contain different experimental intentions. It is a kind of conclusion for technical art in history.

Furthermore, not only “Elementary World: SmartArt“, other exhibitions in the Art×AI Series have incorporated the advanced AI technology. For example, in “Lesson of practice”, Zhang Ying reconstructs the actual Vincent van Gogh and Edward Munch’s 3D faces to allow viewers to interact with the two master of painting in the exhibition hall. For artist Liu Jia Yu, in their work of “Art Expression of the Shanghai Sky”, she is going to utilize the glass of the Pavilion building to correspond with a window on the other side of the world and let visitors to see the variation of the clouds live in Argentina by using AI remote sensing technology. On the other hand, artist Zhou Ho Ho is trying to turn the statue into 3D image by using 3D reconstruction technology in the work of “Interaction with Statue”. It leads spectators to see through the inner structure of the sculpture and observe the sculpture in different dimension. Moreover, the visitors can experience the AI technique by interacting with the artwork. When one successfully having the same posture as the statue in front of it, the digital screen will display the effect “Correct Movement”. The more chances for art and technology incorporation, the higher opportunities people can understand and experience the both in daily life.

For the crossover of MoCA and SenseTime in this time, it plays the fundamental role to investigate the direction of blending art and technology. In addition, it acts as a bridge between art and technology to let people discuss and explore the two.

Element Lee

Born in 1987 in Henan, China.

From 2012 until now, he is working in Shanghai and focusing on electronic art, wall painting, interactive program and so on. He mainly concentrates on game design, visionary architecture, landscape aesthetic design and reconstructing traditional culture in a generation of numbers.