The Contemporary Art Fair in Barcelona, Spain, during August 2021 featured the world premiere of AI digital art. This artwork was created by Chinese Internet users and featured a real, three-dimensional human form – the artist created this imaginary character in computer software using augmented reality and artificial intelligence. The artwork actually consists of numerous works of art ranging from photographs to computer-generated art, film stills, and hand-made items. It is truly a unique experiment in contemporary art.
Chinese Internet users created AI digital art based on the idea that humans and digital technologies could co-exist in harmony. Interactive exhibits on the opening day of the latest ” Seeing Art ” art festival, artist Wang Kewi and his team used cutting-edge technology to present an original installation of interactive installations. In addition, the interactive experience device of virtual art conversation is genuinely remarkable. At the festival, virtual reality was used to create an experiential environment in which participants were surrounded by a live band and an image of a 3-D animated film, complete with surround sound. During the exhibition, a live performance by the orchestra was conducted using only a CD soundtrack played through a computer, with the vocals being provided by the artist himself.
Based in Geneva, Switzerland, artists in the Modern Art International Association included a video documentary at their opening day multimedia exhibit titled “Ai Won’t Have It All.” The documentary featured several artists and celebrated the spirit of DIY art as well as the importance of artistic expressions. In addition to featuring the video of AI digital art, an installation of metal bunk beds was also on display. Although not actually installations, the bunk beds were made from a mixture of metals and electronics and were assembled by the participant using a do-it-yourself kit.
In early May, the Asian Art and Culture Festival took place in Hong Kong. There was a large focus on Chinese contemporary art which came to life at the Hong Kong International Exhibition, organized by the Hong Kong Contemporary Museum. The festival showcased cutting-edge works from Chinese artists. A special preview exhibition entitled “Shanghai Mojo,” featuring Chinese masks from different eras was also on view. Exhibitions and performances were arranged by leading Chinese contemporary artists such as Zeng Jia, Li Xian, Maoxin Lin, and others.
In late May and early June, the Beijing International Art Festival took place in the Great Hall of the People, formerly the seat of the imperial dynasty. The theme of this three-day cultural exhibition was “Benevolence: A Cultural Industry Celebration.” The main highlight of the opening ceremony was a spectacular dragon dance performance by the Opera Company, a favorite at traditional Chinese ceremonies. At the conclusion of the opening ceremony, the influential Beijing Morning Post featured an article reporting on the benefits of attending the exhibition.
The importance of this opening day and the exhibition’s theme was evident to Chinese artists who flocked to the venue to participate in the event. “This year’s theme is on ancient traditions and philosophies – on what can bring us together and what can make us go further in our struggles for a better tomorrow,” said Wang Sheng, a Beijing artist who was one of the founding members of the Beijing Arts Association and the organizer of the Beijing art festival. “The dragon is a very powerful symbol in ancient Chinese culture and tradition, and it is fitting to open the exhibition with a dragon dance performance,” he added.
As part of the opening ceremony, the festival organizers presented thirteen dragons to the several heads of government and other dignitaries present at the opening day. The dragon is a symbol of power and advancement in ancient China. Chinese media reported that the air was filled with smoke from fireworks following the dragon dance performance and the celebrations were underway. Wang Sheng told reporters the government and other dignitaries present at the opening ceremony were overcome with joy as the flame-like figures moved across the stage.
“The dragon dance is a spectacular piece of art and a tribute to ancient traditions and philosophies of China, particularly the great Chinese national dream of revival,” said curator Li Zhiying. He went on to say the dragon dance performed by AI digital art was unique and had never been repeated at any other Chinese art event. He added that the dragon dance was the highlight of the entire exhibition, and AI was definitely the company for this particular piece. AI digital art continues to explore new areas with each exhibition that it pulls off.