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  • Galleries trust the French market

    According to the Art Market Report by Art Basel and UBS for 2023, France is the fourth largest market in the world after the United States, the United Kingdom and China, with a sales volume of nearly USD 5 billion in 2022, a historic record corresponding to a 7% market share. This dynamic is attracting more and more international players who are seduced by the artistic aura and multicultural offer of Pariser Platz. Most players in the French art market agree: in 2022, Paris has become the most attractive of the European capitals, despite an unstable geopolitical context due to the post-Covid difficulties, inflation and the uncertainties of the war in Ukraine. And although London remains the European stronghold for auctions, it has suffered from Brexit, which has prompted several gallery owners to turn to the French capital, such as David Zwirner, who will open a space in the Marais district from 2019. "Brexit is changing the situation," he told the Financial Times at the time. "My gallery in London will be a British gallery, not a European gallery. I am European and want to stay that way." Successful visibility: several of his artists were in the program of Parisian institutions, such as∙le∙s Franz West and Alice Neel at the Centre Pompidou, Gordon Matta-Clark at the Jeu de Paume, Anni and Josef Albers at the Musée d'Art moderne (MAM) in Paris or Joan Mitchell at the Fondation Louis Vuitton. In addition, the Art Basel/UBS report points to "a considerable increase in collectors in the 500,000 to 1 million dollar price range". France now appears to be perfectly positioned to appeal to this target group. The French capital is characterized by a cultural offering that has been second to none in recent years. The Louis Vuitton Foundation has set up shop, the Bourse de Commerce - Pinault Collection has moved in and the interest of major museums in contemporary art has increased. In addition, the Emerige Foundation of collector Laurent Dumas, which focuses on the French scene, will open an art center on Île Seguin in 2026. Paris is not only a first-class marketplace, but has also developed into a platform for exchange, conversation and experimentation with a strong international appeal.

  • Artificial intelligence to support human creativity and discovery

    SUPPORTING AND AUGMENTING HUMAN CREATIVITY OR THE DEMOCRATIZATION OF CREATIVITY Can we use artificial intelligence to support human creativity and discovery? A new trend known as assisted creation has important implications for creativity. On the one hand, collaborative platforms such as those developed as part of the European PRAISE music learning project (Yee-king and D'Inverno 2014) facilitate the acquisition of new creative skills. PRAISE is a social network-based learning platform that involves humans and intelligent software agents providing feedback to a music student on composition, arrangement and performance. Students upload their solutions to a learning unit (on compositions, arrangements or performances) provided by a tutor. Software agents as well as fellow students and tutors then analyze these solutions and provide feedback. In the case of a musical composition, for example, the agent may say: "Your modulation sounds very good, but you could try going up a major third in bars 5 to 8". During performances, other intelligent software agents compare the student's performances with those previously recorded by the tutor when he or she uploaded the learning unit to the platform. A camera records the student's movements and the software agents also provide feedback on possible incorrect postures. These types of tools, which accelerate the acquisition of skills, are leading to a phenomenon known as the "democratization of creativity". As early as 1962, Douglas Engelbart (Engelbart 1962) wrote about a "typewriter that would enable the use of a new text-writing process [...] It would allow ideas to be integrated more easily and thus redirect creativity more continuously". Engelbart not only predicted increased individual creativity, he also wanted to increase collective intelligence and group creativity by improving group collaboration and problem-solving skills. One basic idea is that creativity is a social process that can be enhanced by technology. If we project these ideas into the future, we could imagine a world where creativity is easily accessible and (almost) anyone can write like the great writers, paint like the great masters, compose high quality music and even discover new forms of creative expression. For someone who has no particular creative skills, it is a great relief to be able to acquire them through assisted creative systems. Although this futuristic scenario is still pure fiction, there are already several examples of assisted creativity. One of the most interesting is the assisted percussion system developed by the Georgia Institute of Technology (Bretan and Weinberg 2016). It consists of a robotic arm that enables percussionists to play with three hands. The 61-centimetre-long "intelligent arm" can be attached to the musician's shoulder. It reacts to human gestures and to the music it hears. For example, when the drummer plays the cymbals, the robotic arm plays the cymbals. When the drummer switches to the drums, the mechanical arm switches to the tomtom. Another result of great interest for assisted creativity is the genre-to-genre transfer of musical style and harmony developed at the SONY Computer Lab in Paris (Martin et al. 2015; Papadopoulos et al. 2016), which helps composers to harmonize a piece of music of one genre according to the style of a completely different genre. For example, to harmonize a jazz standard in the style of Mozart. CONCLUSIONS: APPARENT OR REAL CREATIVITY? Margaret Boden pointed out that even if an artificially intelligent computer were to become as creative as Bach or Einstein, for many it would only be apparent and not truly creative. I fully agree with her on the two reasons she gives for this rejection, namely the lack of intentionality and our reluctance to integrate artificially intelligent agents into our society. The lack of intentionality is a direct consequence of the "Chinese Room" argument (Searle 1980), according to which computer programs can only perform syntactic manipulations of symbols, but are unable to give them semantic content. It is generally recognized that intentionality can be explained by causal relations. However, it is also true that existing computer programs lack the relevant causal links necessary to show intentionality. But perhaps future, possibly anthropomorphic, "embodied" artificial intelligences, i.e. agents equipped not only with advanced software but also with various kinds of complex sensors that allow them to interact with the environment, will contain sufficient causal links to confer meaning and intentionality to symbols. As for social rejection, this is why we are so reluctant to accept that non-biological agents (or even biological ones, as in the case of Nonja, a twenty-year-old Viennese painter whose abstract paintings were exhibited and admired in art galleries, but whose work was devalued after it was revealed that he was an orangutan in the Vienna Zoo) can be creative, because they have no natural place in our human society and the decision to accept them would have far-reaching social consequences. It is therefore much easier to say that they appear to be intelligent, creative etc. than to say that they are. In a word, it is a moral problem, not a scientific one. A third reason for rejecting the creativity of computer programs is that they are not conscious of their achievements. While it is true that machines have no consciousness and may never think consciously, the absence of consciousness is not a major reason to deny the potential for creativity or even intelligence. After all, computers would not be the first unconscious creators; evolution is the first example, as Stephen J. Gould (1996) brilliantly points out: "If creation requires a visionary creator, how does blind evolution manage to create new things that are as great as we are?

  • Computer creativity in the visual arts

    AARON is a robotic system developed over many years by artist and programmer Harold Cohen (1995) that is able to pick up a paintbrush with its robotic arm and paint on a canvas without assistance. It paints people in a botanical garden by not only copying an existing drawing, but creating as many unique drawings on the subject as necessary. AARON has never seen a person walking in a botanical garden, but he has gained knowledge about postures and plants with the help of rulers. AARON's knowledge and the way he uses it is not comparable to the knowledge we humans have and use, because human knowledge is based on experiencing the world, and humans experience the world with their bodies, their brains, their reproductive organs, things that computers don't have. But just like humans, AARON has acquired its knowledge cumulatively. For example, once he understands the concept of a leaf cluster, he can use this knowledge whenever he needs it. For AARON, plants exist in terms of their size, the thickness of the branches in relation to their height, the rate at which the branches thin out as they grow, the degree of branching, the angle at which the branches sprout, and so on. The same principles also apply to leaf and cluster formation. By manipulating these factors, AARON is able to create a wide range of plant types and will never draw the same plant twice, even if you draw a series of plants of the same species. In addition, AARON needs to know what the human body is made of, what parts it has and how big they are in relation to each other. He also needs to know how the body parts move and what types of joints there are and how mobile they are. Since a body moves coherently and is not just a collection of independently moving parts, AARON also needs to know how the body's movements are coordinated, e.g. what the body needs to do to maintain balance. Conceptually, this is not as difficult as it may seem, at least for upright postures with one or two feet on the ground. It's just a matter of keeping the center of gravity over the base and, if necessary, using the arms to regain a balanced posture. He also knows about erasure, so that if the human body is partially covered, for example, only one arm and/or one leg can be seen. However, AARON knows that humans normally have two arms and two legs, so if he doesn't cover something, he always draws two limbs of each. This means that AARON cannot "break" any rules and will never "imagine" the possibility of drawing, for example, people with only one leg or other forms of abstraction. Consequently, AARON's creativity is very limited and anything but human. Nevertheless, his paintings have been exhibited at the Tate Modern in London and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In a sense, then, AARON passes a kind of Turing test of creativity, for his works are of a quality that can be exhibited alongside those of some of the best human artists. Simon Colton's The Painting Fool (Colton et al. 2015) is much more autonomous than AARON. Although the software does not physically apply paint to a canvas, it digitally simulates numerous styles, from collage to brushstrokes. In Colton's words: The Painting Fool requires minimal instruction and can create its own concepts by searching for materials online. The software does its own research and scrolls through social media sites. The idea behind it is that this approach allows it to produce art that communicates something to the viewer because it is essentially drawing about human experience, about how we act, feel and discuss on the internet. In 2009, for example, The Painting Fool created his own interpretation of the war in Afghanistan from a newspaper article. The result is a juxtaposition of Afghan citizens, explosions and graves of war victims. Other examples of the application of computer creativity to painting and other visual arts are the works of Karl Sims and Jon McCormack. "Reaction Diffusion Media Wall" (Sims 2016) is based on the interactive simulation of chemicals reacting and diffusing to create dynamic patterns that correspond to the reaction-diffusion equations that govern biological morphogenesis. This work is on display at the Museum of Science in Boston. Earlier work by Karl Sims includes the use of advanced computer techniques to interactively develop images with his Genetics Images system (Sims 1994). Jon McCormack is also exploring how biological processes can be successfully applied in his project "Design After Nature" (McCormack 2014). In another project, Creative Ecosystems, he explores concepts and metaphors of biological ecosystems (McCormack and D'Inverno 2012) as a means of enhancing human creativity in digital art. There are many more examples from the field of visual arts. The ones mentioned here are not only representative, but in my opinion also the most important contributions in their field.

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  • Art School | DASARTI

    Art School DASARTI The Art School DASARTI is a place for conceptual and modern art, situated in the Kultur-Kaiserpassage. In the heart of Karlsruhe, our school provides an inspiring learning environment in continuous interaction with various artists. Immerse yourself in the world of creativity with us! Drawing and painting master class Would you like to indulge in a high-quality artistic masterclass? We arrange courses on various topics for you. Our drawing and painting masterclasses empower you to delve into a specific medium, scrutinize a painter's method in detail, enhance skills in live models or morphology, partake in an outdoor course, and much more. Upcoming Events View all Events No upcoming events at the moment We offer high-quality painting and drawing courses conducted by experienced and qualified artists. Our masterclasses cater to both beginners and experienced draftsmen. Photos See more on Instagram We can also organize a course on a topic of your choice. We provide services entirely tailored to your needs. Do you have any questions or would you like to learn more about our offerings/prices? Contact us! Events Videos Watch more on YouTube DASARTI is a truly unique company in Karlsruhe and serves as a meeting point for art enthusiasts and investors. Our goal is to enrich and develop the cultural life of the city and also to renovate and transform the Kaiserpassage in the heart of the city. As part of our commitment, we founded the company that includes the art gallery, the school, the club, and the café.

  • Galerie Dasarti

    DASARTI Gallery The DASARTI Art Gallery is a modern, well-equipped space featuring works by contemporary artists, sculptors, media artists, and designers. Artists exhibiting here are chosen for their artistic originality, technical excellence, and the aesthetic and emotional value of their work. Situated in the Kultur-Kaiserpassage in Karlsruhe, the gallery was inaugurated in 2020 by the artist and gallerist Yelena Sindyeyeva (Olena Leitner) and Thomas Rühle, a philanthropist from Karlsruhe. The DASARTI Gallery comprises two halls — red and blue — and a small wine-red space hosting a bar with a library. It is equipped with modern professional lighting for galleries and museums from the German company ERCO (Eclipse InTrack series). ​ Exhibitions and events at DASARTI Gallery consistently captivate guests with their uniqueness, warm and creative atmosphere, and unconventional solutions that adeptly express the essence of art exhibitions. OUR MISSION AND VISION We aspire to cultivate a new generation of artists deserving of prominence in the art market. Whether emerging talents or already featured in esteemed collections, they all share a common thread—undeniable talent and potential. Our mission is to actively support them in their artistic pursuits, elevating their visibility, recognition, and reputation. We are committed to fostering strong connections with both artists and collectors. ​ Our goal is to aid in the development of their artistic sensibilities and the gradual expansion of their collections. To achieve this, we provide a suite of personalized services, including advice, guidance, and individualized art installations in galleries or homes. Embark on a passionate aesthetic adventure with us; your presence is warmly invited! Exhibitions No upcoming events at the moment View all Events Photos See more on Instagram Welcome! Our gallery DASARTI opens its doors for you! Experience unique Art Events at the DASARTI Gallery! Watch more on YouTube Discover more Galleries trust the French market According to the Art Market Report by Art Basel and UBS for 2023, France is the fourth largest market in the world after the United... Artificial intelligence to support human creativity and discovery SUPPORTING AND AUGMENTING HUMAN CREATIVITY OR THE DEMOCRATIZATION OF CREATIVITY Can we use artificial intelligence to support human... Computer creativity in the visual arts AARON is a robotic system developed over many years by artist and programmer Harold Cohen (1995) that is able to pick up a paintbrush... Picasso and the matter of the body One of this year's most important exhibitions commemorating half a century since Picasso's death opened in Malaga in May. Under the... The DASARTI Gallery is a contemporary art space situated in the heart of Karlsruhe (Germany), within the cultural district of Kultur-Kaiserpassage. It stands as a unique destination where you can immerse yourself in art exhibitions and personally engage in various cultural and art events. Despite its modest size, the Art Gallery's content can certainly rival the finest art museums and galleries in Germany. Positioned on the border between the German states of Rhineland-Palatinate and Baden-Württemberg, as well as France, the gallery is a short distance from the Karlsruhe State Art Gallery. With excellent public transport connections, it is easily accessible not only from Karlsruhe and its vicinity but also from cities like Stuttgart, Heidelberg, Freiburg, Konstanz, Frankfurt, Augsburg, Munich, and Bamberg. We eagerly anticipate your visit to our DASARTI Gallery!

  • Art Cafe | DASARTI

    Art Cafe DASARTI The Art Cafe DASARTI is a conceptual space in the heart of Karlsruhe in the Kultur-Kaiserpassage. Karlsruhe impresses with its modernity, the development of urban infrastructure, and its technology. Our Art Café is a sophisticated and modern highlight in the city. ​ In the new Art Café, you can expect not only delicious coffee variations but also a unique ambiance. You will find contemporary art objects that invite you to marvel and linger. ​ Welcome to the new Art Cafe! The true art of pleasure! Dear guests, ​ Welcome to my art space, my Art Café, my inner world. ​ This Café is much more than a place to drink coffee and eat a piece of cake - it reflects my soul and my creative vision. It's a collective image based on my own experiences, creative individualism, and inspiration. ​ I wanted to create a place where art and music permeate the air, a place where interesting and creative people can meet and share ideas. This Art Café is the space for individual expressions and tastes; everyone who immerses themselves becomes part of a lively creative network. The installations within the space will be themed, so each time you visit, you'll discover a café you already know and love in a new environment. A place of constant change; I invite you to be a part of it and watch as the art grows, changes, and adapts to your needs over time. ​ I hope everyone will find something that inspires and brings them joy. In my opinion, this is the ideal place to experience the atmosphere of love for art and music. See you soon! ​ ​ Yelena Sindyeyeva (Olena Leitner) Upcoming Events View all Events No upcoming events at the moment Whether with friends, family, or alone - the Art Café DASARTI is the perfect place for enjoyment and inspiration. Photos See more on Instagram Be inspired by art while enjoying a cup of coffee or a glass of a gourmet beverage. Art lovers and gourmets alike will find satisfaction here. Events Videos Watch more on YouTube DASARTI is also open to various partnership and cooperation projects with state organizations and the city administration for the development of cultural life and infrastructure. Discover and experience the cultural center of Karlsruhe - we look forward to your visit!

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