Pictures from our Bitesize trip to backstage at the Birmingham “Rep” theatre, with lunch at Bank restaurant afterwards.
I hope this message finds you well and filled with the warmth of the holiday season. On behalf of the entire TABSE community, I want to express our deepest gratitude to each one of you who attended the Christmas lunch.
As we reflect on the year gone by and anticipate the opportunities that the new year will bring, let us carry the spirit of unity and support that defines TABSE into the future. Thank you once again for your continued involvement and for making the Christmas lunch a wonderful celebration.
Wishing you and your loved ones a joyous holiday season and a Happy New Year!
Both the top and bottom image were created using the same text prompt, but the progress made in just one year is remarkable. The top image is an example of AI art from last year, while the bottom image was produced using similar AI techniques but just recently. Looking at the two images side by side, it's clear to see the rapid improvement made in AI art technology over the past year. The bottom image displays a much higher level of detail and complexity compared to the top image, showcasing how quickly AI technology is advancing. With more sophisticated algorithms and software being developed, we can expect to see even more impressive results in the future as AI continues to evolve and become more advanced.
Meanwhile, the Unreal Engine 5 is revolutionizing the world of gaming with its new technology that allows for almost photo-realistic graphics to run on current computers. One game in particular, Unrecord, has caught the attention of gamers everywhere due to its incredibly realistic visuals. Despite some initial scepticism, it has been confirmed that Unrecord is indeed a real game, and one of the most realistic-looking games to date. The game has come a long way since its 2022 concept version, with significant updates and improvements seen in the latest trailer (Shown below). The advancements in computer graphics technology are truly impressive, and the future of gaming looks to be even more immersive and realistic.
Virtual Reality (VR) has opened up exciting new possibilities for artistic expression, particularly in the realm of painting and creating art in a 3D space. With VR technology, artists can immerse themselves in a digital world and use tools to create art that they can view from any angle. VR art allows artists to create in three dimensions, giving them greater control and freedom to experiment with different styles and techniques. They can even create art that interacts with the viewer or responds to their movements. VR painting is also more accessible, as it eliminates the need for costly art supplies and studio space. As VR technology continues to advance, we can expect to see even more creative and innovative uses for it in the world of art.
The stamp features an abbreviated expletive directed towards Putin in the bottom left corner. For many Ukrainians, Banksy's mural has become a symbol of hope, representing the country's unwavering resistance to the Russian invasion that began on February 24, 2022. Residents in Kyiv rushed to purchase the new stamps from the main post office, Holovposhtamt, resulting in queues being reported.
Last year, Banksy released a poignant video featuring seven new murals on dilapidated buildings in Ukraine, including several in towns that had suffered the most during the ongoing conflict. Borodyanka, situated northwest of the capital, was one of the towns severely affected by Russian bombardment at the start of the invasion. Russian troops occupied the town for weeks before its liberation in April. Since then, reconstruction efforts have been focused on the town, resulting in the demolition of several tower blocks damaged during the fighting. Banksy has consistently shown his support for Ukraine throughout the year, including selling 50 limited-edition prints in December, with all proceeds donated to aid the people of Ukraine.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been making significant strides in recent years, and one area where it is having a big impact is in the world of art. The rise of AI art work is changing the way we create, view, and think about art.
One of the most notable examples of AI art is "The Portrait of Edmond Belamy," which was created by a machine learning algorithm and sold at Christie's for $432,500 in 2018. This was the first time an AI-generated artwork had been sold at a major auction house, and it caused quite a stir in the art world.
Another example of AI art is the "Neural Style Transfer" algorithm, which can take a photograph and reproduce it in the style of a famous painting. This technique has been used to create new versions of classic works of art, and it has also been used to create entirely new images that are inspired by multiple different art styles.
AI art also has the potential to democratize the art world. With the help of AI, anyone with a computer can create art that looks like it was painted by a master. This could lead to a greater diversity of voices in the art world, and it could also open up new opportunities for people who may not have the traditional skills required to create art.
However, there are some concerns that AI art could lead to job losses in the art world, and some artists are worried that AI could make art less meaningful or valuable. But it is also possible that AI could lead to new forms of collaboration between artists and machines, which could open up new possibilities for artistic expression.
It is clear that AI art is already having a big impact on the art world, and it will likely continue to do so in the future. As this article is written by ChatGPT, a text generation AI model, the rise of AI art not only change the way we create and view art but also the way we write.
This whole article was written by an AI called "ChatGPT" and the images by an AI called "MidJourney".
The article took less than 10 seconds to complete, the art work around 30 seconds using the free version all these imagine do not exist and made from text prompts like the ones displayed below the imagines above.
These are demos of what is coming this year, with MidJourney exploding in power in the last few weeks and ChatGPT's next version gaining a 500x larger understanding of the world. Microsoft is adding it to Bing and it will soon be added to Microsoft Office. If you want to try these for yourself, the links are just below.
To celebrate the end of another year, we are holding a Christmas lunch at Edgbaston Golf Club on the 9th of December. The speaker this year is Ian Jelf with nearly 30 years experience, he will talk about his life as a tour guide.
Bite-Size: Ian Jelf Walk “Ghostly and Grisly Birmingham”
The group assembled in Victoria Square. Ian Jelf started the Walk as he meant to carry on by skilfully
combining historical fact, folklore and humour. Even in the 19th century, Birmingham was known for
continually demolishing buildings, creating roads and rebuilding. During the construction of the
Town Hall two workmen were killed. On the top tier of the Town Hall, which has now gone, a ghostly
figure was seen wearing a top hat. In Congreve St a phone box reminded our guide of the ghost of
Erdington, a lady in a pink cardigan, who would be seen in a phone box on the phone but when the
door was opened, she was not there. We were told of the first man who was hanged at Winson
Green, the first hanging in 8o years. A drunken man who had gone to The White Hart Inn (now
demolished) near Chamberlain Square, tried to shoot his girlfriend but shot her friend by mistake. In
the Council House, the ghostly figure of Joseph Chamberlain wearing his distinctive orchid in his
buttonhole was reported to be seen through the glass of the parlour. The body of John Baskerville,
of the type of designer fame, was continually being dug up and moved. His body was even put on
display. Little squares of his shroud were sold as keepsakes. Eventually he was buried in Warstone
Lane cemetery, where his ghost has been seen wearing a rather ragged shroud. We walked down to
Hinckley Street, originally an area called the Inkleys, where there was extreme poverty and from
where the original Peaky Blinders came. In the Alexandra Theatre, there is the ghost of a manager
who jumps out at people. St Jude’s Church graveyard was originally where the Holiday Inn (formerly
The Albany) is now. A ghost has been seen there. The Grand Central station is on a site where there
was a public right of way, and this has been preserved to this day. The site was called The Froggery, a
marshy area. Ghostly lights of trains from the past have been seen on the tracks. We moved on to
the site of the old covered market, which was bombed. During the intense fire which developed
there was a sight of a huge wave of water moving uphill. It turned out to be a mass of hundreds of
rats fleeing the inferno. Moving on to St Philip's graveyard, we saw part of a plinth from the Town
Hall, a memorial to the two men killed in its construction. We saw a disused well said to have run
with blood. The graveyard holds thousands of bodies piled on top of each other. The path of a sad
procession through the graveyard was mentioned, i.e. the body of the last person executed by a
hanging in public was buried here (although he should have been buried in unconsecrated ground).
The man had killed a nightwatchman, he was tried in Warwick and hanged on Snow Hill before the
procession to St Philip’s. Finally, we saw the grave of the smallest woman in England, she was 2 ft 9"
18 members then enjoyed a meal after the Walk in The Old Joint Stock Pub, Colmore Row in a private
Written by George Mitchell
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