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Laboratory of Contemporary Art

In contemporary art, unlike classical, the value and value of an artifact is determined not only by the amount of mechanical labor invested in its production. In the art of the last decades, the idea, the idea of ​​the artist, embodied with the image, played a primary role. Expansion of the horizons of artistic expression leads to the disappearance of the idea of ​​craftsmanship perfection as the main criterion for the quality of artistic work. How will this situation change with the next technological jump, the arrival of the Neural Networks, Big Data and the post-hunt era? What is the work in the modern post-editorial world, where artificial intelligence rapidly selects jobs in homo sapiens? To replace the proletariat of the 19th and early 20th centuries, a new, more mobile, but not less socially unprotected class is coming to be a precariat, and it seems that he inherited the idea of ​​a transformed concept of work from modern art.

In the near future, humanity may find itself in a situation where work in the classical sense of the word will become a kind of rudiment, or rather, luxury, and the right to work we will have to fight in smart cars. Artificial Intelligence threatens not only the career of office managers, tax collectors, or factory workers. Application developers have long dreamed of creating a full-fledged robotic artist. Today, the computer mind can only brilliantly imitate different artistic styles, but “think like an artist” he is not yet in power. And who knows where the world will lead the persistence and savvy of modern start-ups. Robotic intelligence successfully masteres the profession of curator. The Google Cultural Institute launches the X Degrees program, which analyzes millions of high-quality reproductions from hundreds of museums and learns to build logical connections between them at the level of history, form, color, and content. What will this process lead to? Will there be artists, curators and art critics without work, or is it just another witty, but a foolish toy like the Prisma application popular in 2016? </ P>

In parallel, opposite trends are outlined. Leading futurists like a mantra repeat the phrase that the most demanded “hero of the time” of the next decade will be just humanitarian artist, able to create new meanings in the world, which so rapidly separates from the usual system of coordinates. After all, for the great human masses, deprived of the need to work, the central point will be not only satisfaction, but also self-improvement and the search for answers to basic ontological questions. I want to believe that creative humanities can be better and faster than preachers to respond adequately to this challenge of time.

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