A.A. vs. A.A. (2023)

This mise en abyme of the question of the monochrome in the era of the “prompt”, borrows the form of Alphonse Allais’ Album Primo-Avrilesque to bring a firm and definitive answer to the question: should artists fear Artificial Intelligence?

A.A. vs. A.A. -Alphonse Allais vs. Artificial Art – was produced with the desperate help of all the AIs available on the Internet, in particular ChatGPT, Midjourney or Dall-e.


Cette mise en abyme de la question du monochrome à l’ère du « prompt », reprend la forme de l’Album Primo-Avrilesque d’Alphonse Allais pour apporter une réponse ferme et définitive à la question : les artistes doivent-ils craindre l’Intelligence Artificielle ?

A.A. vs. A.A. – Alphonse Allais contre l’Art Artificiel – a été réalisée avec le concours désespérant et désespéré de l’ensemble des IA disponibles sur Internet, en particulier ChatGPT, Midjourney ou Dall-e.

The project was exhibited for the first time on March 28th, 2023, at Xanadu gallery (IMéRA, Marseille), during the exhibition “Prompt”. It was shown together with a facsimile of the Album Primo-Avrilesque by Alphonse Allais made for the occasion by the Éditions Les plis du ciel.

Album Primo-Avrilesque (Alphonse Allais, 1897) is a radical work with multiple ramifications in 20th century art, in which the “Incoherent Artist” appears as a precursor of the idea of monochrome in painting.

Xanadu is a curatorial project by Christophe Bruno and Jeff Guess, artists in residence at Iméra, Institute for Advanced Studies of Aix-Marseille University, from September 2022 to July 2023.