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There's something really ironic about seeing gobs and gobs of generative minimalist abstract art appearing on NFT Twitter. It's an art style I'd usually claim to enjoy, but the current presentation/curation of them on a Twitter feed leaves me feeling overwhelmed and exhausted.

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With some of these digital works, I feel the need to save a local copy (right click save gang rise up), and create a better setting to properly study and appreciate them. Like a zen private e-gallery. Many of the works I've seen do seem compelling maybe, but the current rapid-fire art-in-a-tube overstimulation is quite the turnoff.

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Here's a thought experiment:

Suppose a program exists that can generate a lifetimes work of masterful art in the blink of an eye. And by masterful, I mean it has the genuine nuance and evolution of a "real" artist, with real ideas and thoughts. A seasoned art critic would be able to analyze and admire the genius behind the work. Another blink, another artistic genius is born. What happens next?

I'm handwaving a lot and making a lot of implicitly false assumptions about art here, but it's been a fun thing to ponder on this morning when I suspend my disbelief.

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@paul I think the initial feeling is that we'd be flooded with content, but I think just like with human creators we'd pick favorite generators and stick with them, largely ignoring the vast sea of generators we don't feel that same connection with. When picking our favorites we'd probably have pretty high standards and spend quite a bit of time trying to find something that really speaks to us, but we wouldn't really know what we were looking for in advance so it's not really something we could just punch into a computer and have it find one for us. So I think it'd be a lot like how we already interact with human creators, we just wouldn't have to wait for them to release new works when we find one we like.

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@montagsoup @paul I don't really understand what the value proposition is there. It's not like the market is going to stop being flooded with that stuff once one buys one, so I don't see how any given one would retain its value, much less see its value rise. The algorithms aren't gonna kick the bucket or anything.

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@freakazoid @paul In this case I'm not really talking about this in the context of NFTs or any kind of market, just generalities about how people interact with media. I think there's kind of this vague view that algorithmically generated art will destroy people's ability to enjoy art when I think it will just change how they interact with it. I'm not really sure you could even build a market around it without a bunch of hype and artificial scarcity like NFTs have done, but honestly that part's a lot less interesting to me than how people will interact with the art itself (and in the case of NFTs it's been very uninteresting since no one seems to actually like the art attached to it that much).

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@montagsoup @paul I see art as a form of communication. The picture itself doesn't matter nearly so much as the context. If that's really the case, it seems like generative art shouldn't really be able to have much impact on people's enjoyment of human-made art.

Where I think it gets interesting is when people use algorithms as tools to create art that would have been difficult or even impossible before. Then it's more like different kinds of brushes or a jet engine.

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@paul what i love about generative art is the hope of discovering beauty in patterns. the language of NFTs has already instilled in me a sense that its primary focus is speculation and investment. it's like going to an art gallery and only reading the price tags. the patterns aren't expanding into beauty, they're a visual hashing algorithm to attach to a price tag. some more than others i'm sure, but it feels disspiriting.

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