In October 2018, “Portrait of Edmond de Belamy” sold for over 430,000. The piece was created using artificial intelligence and its high auction price sparked interest and debate in the art world. Creative technologist and NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program student, Guillermo Montecinos, discusses using AI in his own art. Artist and programmer Gene Kogan discusses his efforts to teach machine learning to other artists as well as some of the debates surrounding this new form of artistic expression.
In the past few years, tens of thousands of videos featuring one person’s face on someone else’s body have appeared on the internet. These “deepfake” videos are made using software that uses artificial intelligence to learn how to place one face on another body. Instagram user, Myster Giraffe, who has made some of the most popular comedy deepfake videos talks about his process. NYU Tandon Professor and co-founder of NYU’s Center for Cyber Security, Nasir Memon, discusses the potential dangers of ever-improving deepfake technology and a possible solution to the problem of image tampering detection.
By Melvis Acosta and Lindsey China
Goons NYC is a rising indie music brand of 19-year-old Nico Brunstein’s creation. It aims to pair indie artists and to allow collaboration on photography, digital design, album art, music videos, and merchandising. Through private parties, large-scale events, and summer indie music sessions in Washington Square Park to be broadcast live on the brand’s YouTube channel, Brunstein hopes to create a new and improved networking and performance community for the independent music industry. The support of The Clive Davis Institute has made Brunstein’s founding of Goons NYC possible and has helped him to develop the brand.
The third annual meatball eating contest took place at the Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy. The event was held in memory of Johnny ‘Cha Cha’ Ciarcia, who appeared in movies like “Goodfellas” and the HBO show “The Sopranos.” Ciarcia was also known by many in the community as “the Mayor of Little Italy.” Dramatic Opera singing and messy meatball eating came together to make this an event to remember.