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Famous Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami shared his thoughts on AI and AI art NFTs, during the opening of his latest exhibition at Le Bourget, in France. He expressed mixed feelings about this cutting-edge technology.
A pioneer in the NFT space with his Murakami.Flowers project, Murakami is at the forefront of technology innovation. His voice resonates when it comes to these subjects.
During the opening of his latest exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery in Paris, Murakami shared his thoughts on AI art NFT. He compared the potential influence of AI to the transformative effect of the 1980s Apple II computer on the design industry.
The shift towards AI, according to Murakami, could empower technical engineers over artists. This power imbalance can leave artists who produce famous works in the dust. In particular, he admitted his fear of being replaced by AI, showcasing his awareness of the technology’s disruptive potential.
However, he emphasized that it could not suppress human creativity. In his view, truly unique ideas that AI cannot generate will increase in value. Traditional forms of art and “classic” digital art NFT will still be there together with AI art NFT, he believes.
Known for his unique blend of traditional Japanese art motifs and the vibrant world of anime and manga, Takashi Murakami continues to demonstrate his commitment to embracing technological change. His latest exhibition, “Understanding the New Cognitive Domain,” serves as a testament to this commitment.
The exhibition is a mixture of Murakami’s love for Japanese traditions such as kabuki and elements from the digital art world. Featuring pixelated portraits reminiscent of NFT-style artwork, it bridges the gap between the traditional and the modern.
In a tantalizing move, visitors to his exhibition are offered an NFT of a virtual coin. It represents his iconic floral motif.
After talking about AI art NFTs, Murakami shared his views on crypto. Murakami’s enthusiasm for the crypto world remains undiminished, as he indicated at Gagosian’s event.
He compares it to an unknown continent, and predicts that it may take a few more years for people to fully understand the transformative power of crypto and NFT.
However, the artist did not indicate whether he intends to one day produce AI art NFTs.