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Art in Online, TikTok’s #corecore Trend Claims the Dadaist Spirit of Modern Art.. and Others

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A collage of screenshots from corecore videos on TikTok. Photo: Min Chen Credit: artnet news

TikTok’s #corecore Trend Claims the Dadaist Spirit of Modern Art

A trend on TikTok is getting attention for taking on the spirit of Dadaism in modern art. It started in 2020 as ‘nichetok’ and continues today with ‘corecore’ hashtags.

Short videos with the #corecore are chaotic montages of memes, live streams, news and film footage (mostly films about digital culture and morbid psychology of this era), set to somber music, unfolding pessimistic narratives about capitalism, climate crisis, and the alienation in modern society.

Some TikTokers and major art media such as Hyperallergic claimed the corecore trend as a Dadaesque art movement engaging in critical practice with absorption into high-tech digital culture and anti-aesthetic. On the other hand, there are opposing criticisms arguing the corecore trend is a mere fad of a random apocalyptic style.

Art in Online_NFT

Screenshot of Centre Pompidou’s twitter announcement. Credit: Aproject Company

Pompidou Center and Lacma Acquire NFT Works for Their Collections

Generative artworks residing on blockchain technology, including NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens), are getting into major contemporary art institutions. On February 10, the Centre Pompidou announced that it had acquired 18 NFT works donated from NFT company Yuga Labs into its permanent collection.

A few days later, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) announced that it had acquired 22 blockchain artworks donated by an anonymous donor (the self-proclaimed “Cozomo de Medici”). The first major contemporary art institution to acquire NFTs was Miami’s Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in 2021, which was also given by a donation from Yuga Labs.

In their announcements, both LACMA and the Centre Pompidou focused on the artistic possibilities of blockchain technology rather than the monetary value of NFTs, indicating the potential for blockchain-based digital art to become a new form of contemporary art.

Art in Online_A.I Generated Art

Wang Xingwei, ‘Sunset at the Old Summer Palace,’ 2020. Courtesy of Wang Xingwei. Credit: the artist and Gagosian

Several Moves and Ongoing Discussions Concerning A.I Generators and the Copyright Infringement

The recent expansion of artificial intelligence (A.I.) technologies uses machine learning to learn a particular artist’s style and generates an infinite number of similar works according to the given prompts. This new trend has many artists concerned about copyright infringement and the loss of value of their work.

It’s not just individual artists concerned about A.I. art and copyright violations. In January, Getty Images sued A.I. generator company Stability AI for copyright infringement.

A few days ago in February, a Cornell University lab released ‘Glaze,’ a “cloak” program that imposes subtle transformations on original images to disrupt machine learning. The design team of Glaze plans to distribute the model for free. The debate is ongoing about the future impact of A.I technology on art and the role of the law facing the very change.

“GLAZE: Protecting Artists from Style Mimicry by Text-to-Image Models”

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