OREANDA-NEWS. The director of the Hermitage Mikhail Piotrovsky said that the exhibition “Artificial Intelligence and the Dialogue of Cultures” will be open at the General Staff Building on June 6, the first day of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

“New technologies are very important for us: they help us. They cannot replace art, but it’s interesting to talk how they can create something that will be art”, Piotrovsky stated.

The participants of the exhibition are 14 artists and teams from 10 countries: Russia, Italy, Germany, France, China, Saudi Arabia, and others.

The head of Russian Direct Investment Fund Kirill Dmitriev said: “It is very interesting that as modern art develops, artificial intelligence and the art represented by it develop too. […] In fact, the Hermitage will be the platform where the first serious conversation on this topic will begin. This is a sort of a turning point: we want to know what the visitors will say when they see the competition of conventional art and artificial intelligence”.

Dmitriev also mentioned that the exhibition would demonstrate the leadership of Russia both in the field of art and in the field of high technologies.

The exhibition will include the works by Konstantin Novoselov, the Nobel prize winner in physics in 2010 for the discovery of graphene, the ultrafine material. In his installation, Novoselov explores the limits of machine learning opportunities, drawing parallels with works created using human intelligence.

The female artist Lulua Al Hamud from Saudi Arabia creates the abstract geometric shape of the new language on the basis of the Arabic alphabet.

Another participant, French art group Obvious became famous after the sale of the picture “Portrait of Edmond Belamy” based on artificial intelligence technologies at the Christie’s auction in 2018 for 432.5 thousand dollars. It is considered to be one of the first signs of recognition of an art based on artificial intelligence technologies.