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Censored – AI vs Artist, 7 Artworks Too Explicit For Showing

It seems like algorithms haven’t quite caught up with the nuances of artistic expression. Such was the case for our website, which features a collection of paintings that caused our Advertising system to mark us as “Restricted” due to the female form subject matter in these paintings.

censored art 3b the 7 paintings too explicit for showing pop art doug kemp fine artist gallery

Algorithm vs. Art – Update 15 Jan 2024

We seem to have found a happy medium and our website is no longer being penalised for the female form being subject matter of the painting, this proves the point that you can’t argue when an AI if it spots a nipple. Please use the download button for the unblurred PDF versions of this page.

Algorithm vs. Art – Update 25 May 2023

We continue to update the images on this website but this has the unfortunate side effect of the policy algorithm penalising the entire website and restricting monetisation of the online content – A review has been requested and as of the 1st June, this process is ongoing.

Algorithm vs. Art – Update 20th April 2023

We have made some further changes to the artwork and filenames and it seems that our issues are resolved.  By setting the problematic paintings as a downloadable PDF, we can appease the algorithm and monetise our content again.   From this page, you can download the .PDF

Algorithm vs. Art – Update 14th April 2023

Despite all our blurring of images that might contain a nipple  – We have received yet another policy violation from the AI, despite uploading no new content since we were last checked,   We may be forced to remove content from this website if this issue is not resolved –  Luke

95% Drop in Ad Impressions Following Policy Violation Alert - Why we have had to censor these works of art

Female-for in Art: A Tale of Blurring, and PDF Downloads

Artists have been pushing boundaries and testing societal norms for centuries, but it seems like algorithms haven’t quite caught up with the nuances of artistic expression. Such was the case for our website, which features a collection of paintings that caused our Advertising provider  to mark them as “Restricted” due to the nature of the images.

Algorithm vs. Art

We were puzzled by this classification, as Doug’s female-form paintings are in the context of art, rather than anything else.  However, we quickly realised that arguing with an algorithm was a futile endeavour, like trying to explain quantum mechanics to a cat.

So, we had to come up with a solution that would allow us to display our paintings without triggering Google’s ad restrictions.

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The Art of Blurring, Enter the PDF

In a stroke of genius (or desperation), we decided to blur the painting’s images and make the full paintings available to download in this PDF.

We figured that since people would be actively choosing to view and download the paintings, rather than stumbling upon them through other content, we wouldn’t be violating any policies.

We like to imagine that we’re creating a new form of art: one that challenges the boundaries of advertising policies and celebrates the freedom of artistic expression.  But in reality, we just want Doug’s website to begin to grow in search and contribute to its development.  Providing advertising is a good way for us to do this, so it is important that we are working towards a solution once an for all.  Even if this is partial self-imposed censorship.

The Future of Art and Algorithms

In all seriousness, this experience has raised important questions about the role of algorithms in regulating online content, particularly when it comes to art.

As artists continue to push boundaries and explore new forms of expression, it’s crucial that algorithms evolve to accommodate these nuances.

Until then, we’ll be here, blurring and PDF-ing future works to ensure we adhere to standard content policies.

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