Incident 369: GAN Artwork Won First Place at State Fair Competition

Description: An artwork generated using generative AI won first place in the digital arts category of the Colorado State Fair's art competition, which raised concerns surrounding labor displacement and unfair competition.


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Alleged: Midjourney developed an AI system deployed by Jason Allen, which harmed artists submitting in the digital arts category , digital artists and artists.

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Khoa Lam
An AI-Generated Artwork Won First Place at a State Fair Fine Arts Competition, and Artists Are Pissed · 2022

A man came in first at the Colorado State Fair’s fine art competition using an AI generated artwork on Monday. “I won first place,” a user going by Sincarnate said in a Discord post above photos of the AI-generated canvases hanging at the f…


A "variant" is an incident that shares the same causative factors, produces similar harms, and involves the same intelligent systems as a known AI incident. Rather than index variants as entirely separate incidents, we list variations of incidents under the first similar incident submitted to the database. Unlike other submission types to the incident database, variants are not required to have reporting in evidence external to the Incident Database. Learn more from the research paper.