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Second Annual Duke AI for Art Competition

Using computers to generate art promotes deeper understanding of the ways that artificial intelligence (AI) is changing the visual and media-based world around us, and provokes inquiry into the endeavor and humanity behind creativity. In this spirit, +DS is excited to announce the second annual Duke AI for Art Competition.

All Duke students, faculty and staff may submit visual art generated via artificial intelligence. Submission are open to all artistic mediums. The art should be submitted as a digital image, video, text file, or sound file (.mp3, .wav)  and should be generated entirely by software run on a computer. The art should be accompanied by a statement outlining the technical and conceptual approaches to the work.

We encourage people from any discipline or field to participate, regardless of prior experience. A +DS in-person learning experience (IPLE) is scheduled for November 20th from 4:30-6:30 at Perkins LINK 071 at which IPLE participants will be taught how AI may be used to generate visual art. Training AI models of the type used for art generation is typically done on a graphical processor unit (GPU). If there is need for access to a GPU, please contact rescomputing@duke.edu.

The deadline for submissions to this competition is midnight (EST) on December 9, 2019, and submissions should be emailed to plus-datascience@duke.edu. The submission should consist of the art (typically in the form of a high-resolution pdf file), and also the software that was used to generate it. The generation of the art must be reproducible, by running the submitted software; the software will not be shared beyond the judges. The submission should cite the source of any art used to seed the entry, and reference the source of any software that was not created directly by the submitting individual/team.

The prizes for this competition are as follows. First Place: $5000, Second Place: $2500, and Third Place: $1000. The submissions will be judged by faculty from Duke’s Art, Art History & Visual Studies Department, and from the Rhodes Information Initiative at Duke (Rhodes-iiD).

A public event is planned for early 2020, at which many of the submissions will be displayed, and the first through third-place winners will be asked to give short talks on their art, and how it was produced.