Community Talks! Vol. 1, ep. 3
I am not much of an artist myself. As a child I was quite good at drawing and painting and could spend entire afternoons with colouring books and drawing. Now life has led me in the pursuit of other interests, and it’s been a long time since. Nevertheless, I have lately discovered generative art and was enthralled by it.
A couple of years ago, I came across sites such as Deep Dream Generator and AI Art Maker: turn text to art - Hotpot.ai, human-AI collaboration tools that allow users to co-produce art. These sites allow the user to upload a photo or drawing and work together with the AI to transform it. My very first trial was with Deep Dream Generator – with the picture of a kitten, on which I had Van Gogh’s style applied. The result was stunning. Then I tried other styles applied to the same photo. Then I asked the AI to combine two different styles. And then I kept testing different options—it was quite addictive. In a weird sort of way, it made me feel like an artist, even if technically speaking, I was a co-creator.
If you google “AI art generator” you will most likely come across other similar sites. Top 41 AI Art Generators: Make AI Art, Paintings & More (2021 GUIDE) — AIArtists.org collects and presents a wealth of different generative AI sites that you can try out for fun. Besides painting, video, and photo editing, if music is your thing, you could try an AI that responds to your digital piano playing. There is also cartooning and drawing guessing, and there are tons of other art forms and activities to choose from.
So why is this good? Well, I suppose being collaboratively creative is good for the brain. You input an idea, and you get an immediate response back. And you won’t need a piano, or a palette and brushes—just your imagination. Go on, try it. Just wondering if you’ll like this too!
This is amazing! I must admit that while I was reading your post, the first thing that came to my mind was: this is awesome! I need to try it! 😲
So, as I couldn't let it go I went to one of the websites you recommend and end up doing this:
My description for the AI was: "A shadow coming from a window of a person dancing"
It is pretty exciting what AI can do in terms of art, which actually makes me think: Has the definition of art changed? Could AI create art without human interaction (influence)? 🤔3
Your first AI art co-creation... way to go, Mariana!
I do not know if the definition of art has changed or is changing. This might be a question for AI Artists (feels like I am promoting them, I am not part of this but here you go: https://aiartists.org). There are some interesting art co-creation examples on this page plus more information about the topic.
As for myself, well, I can share that two years ago I used my co-creations as digital Christmas cards.2
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