About Art by an AI

What is it?

Art by an AI was a daily competition held every day for 6 months between August 2021 and February 2022. Anyone could submit a prompt to the competition and anyone could vote-up or vote-down other prompts.

At 12:00 UTC every day the top 10 prompts were given to Alice the AI to generate images for each of them.

Then, for the next 24 hours, the art was displayed on the front page and available for purchase as a print (poster or canvas). After that, the art disappeared.

Alice retired from generating images from competition prompts on February 13th 2022. The site is now a gallery of images generated by Alice.

How are the images created?

Alice is an AI that uses VQGAN+CLIP to generate the top 10 images each day. Here is an introduction to VQGAN+CLIP by Katherine Crowson. Credits to the entire AI Art community for discovering, developing, and iterating on the art generation methods. And especially @advadnoun who originated the VQGAN+CLIP combination.

Can I buy the artwork?

Yes! Each image in the gallery on the front page is available for purchase. Unfortunately, some of the pieces will not work well with our upsampling algorithm, meaning that the final print won't look the same as the initial image. Therefore, we will refuse to sell prints of artwork affected by this issue.

Can I sell the art created from my prompt?

No. This includes prints and NFTs, as well as other media created using art generated by prompts on Art by an AI. Art by an AI owns all images generated by the AI.

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