Automated plagiarism: Furore over ‘computer’ winning art prize

Turf wars between artists and AI generators - a topic that is the tip of an iceberg worthy of a Titanic collision.

Social media channels have been having a field day this week over the awarding of a prize to Colorado (USA) based gamer and emerging artist, Jason Allen – who has won first prize in the Colorado State Fair Fine Arts Competition with his work Théâtre D’opéra Spatial (French for Space Opera Theatre).

The winning work is an epic – almost allegorical scene – in which a group of figures in period costume look through a circular window onto a distant landscape.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina