Born in France but adopted by Italy, Matteo Bonacci grew up in Catanzaro. After earning a cum laude degree in Design from Naba, he has been working as a freelance Art Director since 2017 and collaborates with the digital agency Ready2Fly in the fields of design, fashion, and music. Matteo Bonacci immediately declares the use of artificial intelligence in the production of his works.
The physical action of painting is replaced by prompting, which involves giving commands or keywords to the artificial intelligence for generating images or texts. Artificial intelligence replaces the physical exertion of manual creation, but the originality of the idea is still closely linked to the uniqueness of the human being. For example, in the “nun series,” the figure of the nun is decontextualized and secularized to give life to images with an ironic and passionate tone.
The dominant theme of sacredness and religiosity, intensified by the repeated use of the color red, a recurring element in the Christian dimension, aims to convey a provocative message. The saturation of the images perfectly outlines the profiles of the figures, highlighting their details to create a photographic effect, all thanks to a proper concatenation of prompts provided by the artist on Midjourney.
Indeed, the interaction between art and artificial intelligence necessitates deep critical thinking. AI allows for working in a photographer-like mode, with uncontrollable speed, but the produced images are nothing more than combinations of pre-existing images. This raises a series of questions regarding the value, authenticity, and ethics behind each image. Who holds control over AI-generated art? Who is responsible for the artworks created by AI? The interaction between art and AI can lead to new creative possibilities, but it also requires an ongoing dialogue between artists and society as a whole to address these complex issues.
Article by Ritamorena Zotti