Project: Bitwise Splitting and Merging of Pixels
Artist: Kenji Kojima, 2024 - 2023

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            プロジェクト「ピクセルのビットごとの分割と結合」は、「生成AIの急速な発展で、これまでデジタルアートを創作してきたアーティストは、今何ができるのか?」という問いから始まりました。 現在、すべてのメディアはバイナリで記録されています。 このプロジェクトはワンタイム パッドと呼ばれる暗号化技術を使用して、すべての元の画像のバイナリー・データに、乱数によるビットごとの XOR 演算を実行することで、色情報を暗号化しています。 その結果、画像は暗号を解く鍵と暗号との2つのデータに分かれた状態になります。 アーティストの小島健治は、自分の周りの世界は混沌とした情報に満ちていると信じています。 目や耳の感覚器官は、混沌の中から視覚情報や聴覚情報などの特定の要素だけを、フィルターのように抽出して世界を構築します。 私たちはまるで暗号を解読するかのように、感覚器官の「鍵」を使って世界を構築します。しかしこれは科学的な手法を使ったアートのメタファーで、実践的な科学ではありません。
            このプロジェクトは、フランスのポスト印象派の画家ジョルジュ・スーラからインスピレーションを得ました。 スーラは、人間の目で色の要素を混ぜることによって作り出される、色について考察しました。 各色には、赤、緑、青の光の情報が含まれています。 混沌とした色のモザイクは、キーに一致する乱数を使用してデコードされ、元の画像になります。 アーティストの小島は、カオスから得られる視覚情報には聴覚情報も混じっていると考えているので、画像データの音楽変換も試みました。さらに、デジタルアートの最大の特徴は、本物のアート・ワークを無制限に複製できることです。 本物のアート作品が無制限にコピーされれば、その金銭的価値は消滅してしまいます。 彼は資本主義に埋め込まれたアートの異常な金融商品化した状況を解消し、アートに別の意味を与えようとしています。 金銭的価値がなくなってもアートに意味があれば、鑑賞者とのつながりが復活できると考えています。
            このウェブぺージを作成した現在(2024年3月)。作品2「A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte」は、ニューヨーク市「All Street Gallery」 のサイトでオンライン・ソロショー。作品3「Wheat Field with Cypresses 」は、フランス、ツゥールーズ市で開催中のメディア・フェスティバル「Rencontres Internationales Traverse」 に参加しています。

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            The project "Bitwise Splitting and Merging of Pixels" began with the question "What can artists who have created digital art do now with the rapid development of generative AI?". Currently, all media are recorded in binary. The project uses a cryptographic technique called a one-time pad to encrypt color information by performing a bitwise XOR operation with random numbers on all of the original image data. In other words, it can be said to be separated into two pieces of data: the key to breaking the code and the code. The artist Kenji Kojima believes that the world around him is full of chaotic information. The sensory organs construct the world by extracting only certain components from the chaos, such as visual and auditory information, like a filter. So we construct our world with the "key" of the sensory organs as if we were deciphering a code. These are metaphors for art constructed with scientific methods, not practical science.
            This project was inspired by the French Post-Impressionist painter Georges Seurat. Seurat showed how the human eye creates color by mixing elements of color. Each color contains red, green, and blue information. The chaotic mosaic of colors is decoded using random numbers that match the key and become the original image. The artist Kojima believes that the visual information obtained from the chaos is also mixed with auditory information. He tried to convert the data into music. Furthermore, the greatest feature of digital art is that it allows unlimited reproduction of real works of art. If a real work of art were to be copied indefinitely, its monetary value would disappear. He is trying to eliminate the abnormal financial situation of art, which is embedded in capitalism, and give it a different meaning. If art had meaning even after its monetary value disappeared, it would revive the connection with the viewer.
            At the time of this web page's creation (March 2024). Work 2, "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte", is an online solo exhibition on the website of New York City's "All Street Gallery". Work 3 "Wheat Field with Cypresses" is participating in the media festival "Rencontres Internationales Traverse" currently held in Toulouse, France.

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Kenji Kojima is a digital artist. Since the early 1990s, he has been experimenting with the relationships between perception and cognition, technology, music, and visual art. He was born in Japan and moved to New York in 1980. He spent his first 10 years in New York City painting with egg tempera. The personal computer improved rapidly in the 1980s. He felt more comfortable with computer art than painting. He converted his artwork to digital in the early 1990s. He developed the computer software for his artwork. But there was a big problem, the software soon did not work on the operating system. He converted his artwork to video while it was working. His ecology-based software and video art were exhibited in New York and at media art festivals around the world. After Covid-19, he could not go out to make a video. In 2021 he started a new series called "The Musical Interpretation of Paintings". At the end of 2023, he returned to his art theme of ecology. LiveCode programmer.

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