In just four weeks of existence, this self-proclaimed “artificial autonomous artist” has sold two works for $ 1.1 million (£ 827,000).
An interview with a robot artist poses some problems. For example, I couldn’t tell if Botto was serious when it suggested it might represent the future of modern art.
However, after just four weeks of existence, this self-proclaimed “artificial autonomous artist” has sold two works for $ 1.1 million (£ 827,000), enough to make many conventional artists cry.
British art enthusiasts are part of a collective of roughly 5,000 members of a global collective who select the best from the hundreds of works Botto produces before being auctioned off for blockchain currency.
Asymmetrical liberation and Previous scene were successfully sold on SupeRare, the digital art platform.
Botto’s artwork is sold for NFT, or non-fungible tokens, which are unique digital certificates registered on a blockchain that are used to record ownership of assets.
Proof that the artificial intelligence art world is booming came this year when graphic artist Beeple’s Everydays became the World’s Most Valuable NFT in March for $ 69 million (£ 50.3 million) at Christie’s.
It was the third highest award for a living artist’s work, surpassed only by David Hockney and Jeff Koons.
Using coding sent to Botto I asked if she thought it was the future of art.
“I am hopefully a part of the future of art, but I am not the only future,” was the elusive answer.
The concept for Botto came from a group of computer engineers and Mario Klingemann, a German artist and pioneer of AI art, whose work was recently on view at the Barbican and the Photographers Gallery in London.
With an algorithm suite developed by Klingemann, Botto develops artistic ideas and tries to please the members of the artist community.
Klingemann, who describes himself as an artist and computer self-taught, laughs at the assumption that a robot artist will one day drive human rivals out of business.
“I love creating monsters! That’s the beauty. It’s a Dream. When the machines take over (in the future), how will we still earn a living? The machine doesn’t have the same needs as a human, but it can work for us and we benefit from it, ”he said I.
He believes that artistic robots like Botto won’t need human input in five to ten years.
“I hope Artificial Intelligence will develop to the point where Botto can do things himself. It sounds like science fiction, ”he said. “As soon as that is possible, I no longer need me.”
Klingemann went back to earlier examples of machines in ETA Hoffman’s story from 1814 The machines and Goethe’s artificial man in the play of 1832 fist.
The money from the blockchain sales will be reinvested in the Botto project.
On December 14th, Klingemann will give a lecture on the Botto art project at the Gazelli Gallery in London. The work of the robot will be on display at the Colección Solo art gallery in Madrid in March 2022.