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Copy It, Share It!, Mickey Mouse "Steamboat Willie" 1928, 179.6 MB
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            AIが急速に発展して、デジタルアートの構築方法も大きく変化する時代を迎えています。しかしAIが蓄積している具象のビジュアルデータに、だいぶ古びた感覚を感じています。それとは逆に、AIが作り出した音楽をメディアアートに組み込んだところ、20世紀半ばに登場したポップアートに感じた新鮮さを、現在のアートに取り戻すことができました。理由の1つは、20世紀に隆盛を極めた現代音楽や前衛音楽に、行き詰まりを感じていたからかもしれません。また同時に感覚に大きく依存した芸術表現を通じて、社会・環境・政治・経済等の表現することに限界を感じていましたが、生成 AI を活用して、言語の壁を超えたマルチメディア作品で、直接的なメッセージを表現できるかもしれません。
            アートワークの主題は、2024 年 1 月 1 日にパブリックドメインになった、長らく保護されてきたミッキーマウスの著作権です。アメリカの著作権は、議会によって何度も延長され現在は95年間です。95年の著作権期間は異常に長く、多くの継承や引用の作成を妨げてきました。引用は創造性の重要な手段です。私は著作権保護期間は10年程度で十分だと考えています。著作権問題は、現在の貨幣経済による際限のないお金の蓄積と物欲、そして不必要な資源の浪費にも関係しています。私たちは現在の価値観、生き方、芸術作品の倫理を再構築する必要に直面しています。
            この作品のもうひとつ大事な点は、フリーでシェアできることです。デジタル アートの最大の特徴は、本物のアートを無限にコピーできることです。私はNFTアートは金融商品の1つでアートワークとは思っていません。デジタルアートは、貪欲な物質的所有物を破壊し、芸術の異常な金銭的商品価値を改革し、個々の鑑賞者とのつながりを復活させます。
            どちらのビデオもランダムに並べた色彩のモザイクを、バックグラウンド画像として使っています。これはミッキーマウスのアニメ「蒸気船ウィリー」の1フレイムを、アルゴリズムで乱数とのビットごとの論理演算を使用して作り出した暗号化した色彩のモザイクです。私は、外部の混沌とした世界は、人間の感覚が解読して感じることができる暗号のようなものであると考えていています。ビデオ「Reformation / Art is Changing Face」の最後に「蒸気船ウィリー」の1フレイムに復号した画像を載せています。

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Artist Statement:
            This artwork is accessible to people all over the world through the medium of the website. The ability to make countless genuine copies is the most significant advantage of digital art. The artwork video can be shared freely. This work refutes financial products like NFT art. Let digital art multiply infinitely. Let digital art multiply infinitely. This video is free to share. You can donate any amount to the artist if you approve of the video as art. Even if you disapprove, you can keep it. But it has no artistic value, as you have decided. To overflow with the limit of the desire to own a work of art. However, the individual appreciates art as art, and art does not exist just by possessing it. Digital art destroys greedy material possessions, reinvents the abnormal monetary commodification of art, and restores the connection to the individual viewer.
            The subject of the artwork is the long-protected Mickey Mouse copyright, which entered the public domain on January 1, 2024. Copyright in the United States has been extended several times by Congress and currently lasts for 95 years. The 95-year copyright term is unusually long and has prevented many inheritances and citations from being created. Quotes are an important means of creativity. I believe that a copyright protection period of about 10 years is sufficient. Copyright issues are also related to the endless accumulation of money and material greed of the current monetary economy, as well as the unnecessary waste of resources. We are faced with the need to rebuild our values, our way of life, and the ethics of our artistic creations.
            We are entering an era in which AI is developing rapidly and the way digital art is constructed is changing dramatically. However, I feel that the concrete visual data that AI accumulates is rather outdated. On the contrary, by incorporating AI-generated music into media art, I could bring back to contemporary art something similar to the freshness of Pop Art in the mid-20th century. One of the reasons was that they were tired of the music that was popular in the second half of the 20th century and called itself modern, avant-garde, and noisy art. At the same time, I felt that there were limits to expressing society, the environment, politics, economics, etc. through artistic expression that relies heavily on the senses, but by using generative AI, I created a multimedia work that transcends language barriers. It may be possible to express more direct messages.
            For these two videos, I asked the Generative AI about the concept of contemporary art and copyright and the environment around it, as mentioned above, and had it write several versions of the lyrics. I chose poems that fit my argument, mixed them, and then had the Generative AI adapt the lyrics to rock and rap. Next, I had the Music Generation AI create many songs based on the lyrics, and finally, it broke them down into vocals and instrumentals, which I then arranged and created a video image song.
            Both videos use a randomly arranged color mosaic as their background image. This is a color mosaic created by encrypting a frame of the Mickey Mouse cartoon "Steamboat Willie" with an algorithm that uses random numbers and bitwise logical operations. I believe that the chaotic world outside is like a code that human senses can decipher and feel. At the end of the video "Reformation / Art is Changing Face" there is a decoded image of "Steamboat Willie" in one frame. For more details, see my project "Bitwise Splitting and Merging Pixels".

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            Kenji Kojima was born in Japan. He moved to New York in 1980 and began his artistic career in 1980. For the first 10 years in New York City, he painted contemporary egg tempera paintings using medieval art materials and techniques. He was strongly attracted to contemporary art, but he felt stuck in the future of modern civilization and under capitalistic art. He tried to experience the history of the creation of the European concept of art through actual materials and techniques, that is, the history of art that is not written in literature. He was particularly interested in the basic materials of painting, such as ground, pigment, and medium, rather than the visual theme. He noticed in the history of art that as society and people's minds changed, materials developed and visual art changed. His egg tempera paintings have been collected by Citibank, Hess Oil, and others.
            The personal computer improved rapidly during the 1980s. He felt more comfortable with computer art than paintings. Ecologically, he felt guilty about wasting materials in the name of art. Working on the computer was clean, did not waste material, and made him feel lighter. In the early 1990s, he moved his artwork into the digital arts. He was particularly interested in developing interactive artworks. He studied computer programming himself. His early digital works were archived at the New Museum - Rhizome, New York. In 2007, he developed the computer software "RGB MusicLab" and created an interdisciplinary artwork that explores the relationship between images and music. He developed interactive software for his art but soon ran into a big problem: the software would not run on the new operating systems. He converted the artwork to video while the software ran on the operating system. He also started making videos and was interested in ecological art themes. He programmed the software "Luce" for the project "Techno Synesthesia" in 2014. His digital art series has been shown at media art festivals around the world, including Europe1, Brazil2, the Middle East3, Asia4, and the USA, including solo exhibitions in New York City5.
            After Covid-19, he could not go out to shoot a video. He found many archival artworks on the net. In 2021 he started the new series "The Musical Interpretation of Paintings", which creates music from classical image data such as paintings, photographs, and films. The project "Bitwise Splitting and Merging of Pixels" manipulates color pixels by bitwise operation. Generative AI has been greatly improved in 2023. He is considering using Music Generative AI. Kenji Kojima Resume

Digital Art Exibitions:
the USA: 2023, 2020 Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles, USA. / 2023 THE ELASTIC MIND, BROWARD College, Weston, Florida. / 2023 SOJOURNER, New York, NY. / 2022 Asian American International Film Festival, New York, NY. / 2012, 2016 Light Year, Brooklyn, New York. / 2021 UNCG International Sustainability Shorts Film Competition, UNC Greensboro, NC, USA. / 2019 The Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery, New jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ. / 2019, 2016, 2015 Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, New York, NY. / 2018 The Exchange, Bloomsburg, PA. 2018 WhiteBox, New York, NY. / 2015 ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community. / 2014 MediaNoche, New York, NY. / 2008 AC Institute, New York, NY.
Europe: 2023, 2022, 2020, 2019 Ie Rencontres Internationales Traverse, Toulouse, France. / 2021 FEX comtemporary media art, Cologne, Germany. / 2020 Institut für Alles Mögliche, Stützpunkt Teufelsberg, Belrin, Germany. / 2019 The festival BINNAR, Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal. / 2019 MADATAC X New Media Arts Festival, Madrid, Spain. / 2018 Athens Digital Arts Festival, Athen, Greece. / 2018 Mitte Media Festival, Berlin, Germany. / 2017 Simultan Festival, Timisoara, Romania. / 2016 Simultan Festival, Timisoara, Romania. / 2016 Brave New World Beyond the Wall, Berlin, Germany. / 2015, 2013 ESPACIO ENTER, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. / 2014 BRAVE NEW WORLD, Berlin, Germany. / 2011 Jyväskylä Art Museum, Jyväskylä, Finland. / 2010 PROCESS Festival, Berlin, Germany. / 2009 RE-NEW Digital Art Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark. / 2002 Free Manifest, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
Brazil: 2023, 2022, 2020, 2016, 2012, 2011, 2010 FILE (Electronic Language International Festival) São Paulo, Brazil. / 2012 FILE RIO, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. / 2010 FAD (Festival de Arte Digital), Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
the Middle East: 2020, 2012 Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum, Turkey. / 2020, 2019 Paadmaan Video Event, Isfahan, Iran.
Asia: 2021 Thailand New Music and Arts Symposium, Bangkok, Thailand. / 2020 the 150th Anniversary Gandhi Event, Kolkata, India. / 2019 Capital Normal University College of Cape Cod, Beijing, China & China University of Mining and Technology Yinchuan College, Yinchuan, China. / 2018 Gunung Sunda Festival, Sukabumi, West Java, Indonesia. / 2016 CeC 2016, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong, Meghalaya, India. / 2010 Contemporary International New Media Art Invitational, Wuhan University of Technology, China.

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Ecological threats put humans, bees,
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