The visual artist Youla Papadopoulou was awarded in South Korea, at the 1st Gyeongsangbuk-do International AI & Metaverse Film Festival (GAMFF), in the video category, for her work “A.I. made me do it: Ophelia“. The awarded works were screened on 15 & 16 June 2024 in Gumi-si city of Gyeongsangbuk-do region, while the award ceremony took place on 15 June.

The project “A.I. made me do it: Ophelia” has been created using artificial intelligence systems and a year ago it won the Best Artificial Intelligence Project award at the international festival Dérapage 23, in Montreal, Canada. It was also presented at various international events, such as the FILE International Electronic Language Festival in São Paulo, at the Torrance Art Museum- TAM in Los Angeles (“Vacations in the subconscious”), Timisoara-European Capital of Culture 2023 (“Video Ar tGarden”), Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, School of Art&Design (NYSCC), Alfred-New York, Paris (“Alchimies Numériques”, IMMIX Galerie), AICA Hellas Theorems 3 (“Body: a field of competition”, N. Kessanlis-ASKT, Athens), etc.

It is a surreal, non-narrative animation where a classic character (Ophelia) encounters strange dream mutations and unexpected futuristic scenes through several variations of an original image produced as “Ophelia” by an AI generator. Similarly, the sound part of the work was also produced with the help of an AI platform that “translated” the image into sound.

Youla Papadopoulou is an artist and artistic director of the international video art festival Video Art Miden, based in Kalamata. Her visual art work focuses on video art. She has presented her work in many exhibitions, site-specific projects and video art and digital arts festivals in Greece and internationally. As artistic director and curator of Video Art Miden, she has organized and curated video art screenings and exhibitions in Greece and has collaborated with major festivals, museums and artistic institutions worldwide. Since 2020 she is a lecturer at the Department of Visual and Applied Arts at the School of Fine Arts of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH).

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