‘A Dream Within a Dream’

Original article was published by Beth Jochim on Artificial Intelligence on Medium


The AI Art Corner #4

Beth Jochim, creative AI lead Libre AI; Twitter: @_bblurred

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” — Albert Einstein

[Fig.1]A Dream within a Dream”: Playform Studio Exhibition Artist Talks.

A Dream Within a Dream is the evocative title of the exhibition curated by art advisor Jessica Davidson on Artsy. The virtual group show presents 36 artworks, between limited editions and one-of-a-kind pieces, created by artists Carla Gannis, Qinza Najm, Patrick Lichty, Tesla Mir, Anne Spalter, and Travis LeRoy Southworth in collaboration with Playform Studio [1].

In her introduction, Davidson, who works with innovative art businesses in the tech sector, has drawn a parallel between the existential questions of our digital age with those posed by American poet Edgar Allan Poe in the poem A Dream within a Dream (published in 1849), where he explores the very essence of reality and illusion.

The show is the result of the intense experimentation of a core group of selected artists with artificial intelligence. Born from the constraints imposed by the lockdown, these works have soon turned into one of the first virtual professional exhibits since the COVID19 outbreak and demonstrate the resilience of human creativity.

Playform is the brainchild of Dr. Ahmed Elgammal, professor at the Department of Computer Science at Rutgers University and founder and director of the Art and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at Rutgers. It is a creative collaborator and a platform, built from the ground up by creatives and for creatives [2], which aims to empower artists with no skills in computing and expand human creativity. The underlying idea is that the future of art will see an increasingly close collaboration between humans and machines. While everybody can try the easy-to-use AI tool for free, the Studio is a program specifically designed for visionary artists who intend to invest in their artistic development and creativity. Studio residents will get unlimited training credits to train their own AI models, collaboration and promotion opportunities, chances of exhibitions and much more.