Artist Supercomposite, also known as Steph Maj Swanson, recently gained recognition for her creation of a haunting feminine portrait using artificial intelligence. However, she has now expressed her frustration and limitation with the technology, stating that it can be “addictive” and lead to unethical uses.
Supercomposite created the portrait, known as “Loab,” in 2022 while experimenting with AI art. Her posts on social media featuring Loab went viral, sparking discussions about the intersection of art, technology, and ethics.
Despite the initial excitement, Supercomposite has stopped working with AI and is currently focusing on writing a screenplay. She cites burnout and frustration with the limitations of AI technology as the reasons for her shift.
When asked about her experience with AI art, Supercomposite explained that it can be “very frustrating and very limiting.” She described the process of generating images using AI as “pushing a button and getting these results,” which can be addictive.
Supercomposite also addressed the criticism she faced for not revealing the specific device she used to create Loab. She believes that naming the device would shift the focus away from the art and onto the makers of the model, potentially leading to accusations of marketing.
However, some internet users have suspected that Supercomposite may have manually altered or fabricated the Loab images, leading to accusations of spreading misinformation. Supercomposite denies these claims, stating that she took the rumors as a complement and enjoyed exploring the possibilities of AI-generated art.
Nevertheless, Supercomposite acknowledges the potential dangers of AI technology, particularly its ability to create convincing yet fake information. She quoted Nam June Paik, a pioneer of video art, saying, “I use technology in order to hate it properly.”
In conclusion, Supercomposite’s experience with AI art highlights both the exciting possibilities and the challenges associated with this emerging technology. While AI can generate unique and thought-provoking art, it also raises important ethical questions regarding authenticity, manipulation, and responsibility.