The art of the story
The artwork created by the AI did not meet Erich’s expectations, so at his request, it will not be presented – instead, we jointly decided to present a sketch created by Erich showing how he envisioned his painting.
The story of
Erich is a man who knows exactly what he wants. In life and in art. The picture created with the help of AI does not meet his requirements. Erich is an old resident of Hinz&Kunzt. For decades, the slim 70-year-old with long gray hair has been selling the magazine at the Lohbrügg market and for more than 20 years at the Bergedorf weekly market. He has been an artist and politically active for even longer: He paints, is committed to environmental protection, and keeps politicians on their toes with demands to fight homelessness.
Erich enters the darkened studio in the best of moods, where the AI experts are already sitting at their computers. The plan is to feed the AI with terms that are developed together in conversation. At least, that’s how it went with the other Hinz&Künztler:innen. But Erich has other, very concrete ideas. He brought along a collage he had created himself, which he would like to see implemented. It is the head of a North American indigenous man floating above a lake, surrounded by mountains. But he doesn’t like the results that can be seen on the computer. “Details like the buffalo and especially my unknown planet in the background were missing. And that one was important to me because it represents how we treat our Earth.”
Various other terms are dropped to give the AI food for thought, and the mood becomes slightly tense. After one and a half hours, the experiment is stopped because the AI reaches its limits.
Falk Poetz, creative director of the Homeless Gallery, can live with that. “He was super involved, but as an artist, he has very specific ideas,” he says. “He wanted something that was exactly as it was in his head, and nothing more or less. But his voice belongs here, so the image should be his own, not the AI’s.”