Grimes on PBS

An interesting use case for generative AI is for music concerts. Grimes (a girlfriend of Elon Musk and mother of three of his young children) uses AI images and video in her live performances. Had the pleasure of hanging out with Grimes and others on Midjourney’s Discord server for about 3 hours having fun helping her create images for her recent Coachella performances. She’s sweet, amusing and funny.

How are AI art images created?

Image Creation: Dari – Midjourney v5.2

AI art images are created using a combination of artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques, particularly deep learning. Here’s a general overview of the process:
AI art creation often starts with the collection of a large dataset of images, paintings, or other visual materials. These datasets can include a wide range of styles, subjects, and artistic elements. The collected data is preprocessed to ensure consistency and compatibility. This may involve resizing, cropping, or converting images to a standardized format.

Neural Networks: The core of AI art creation lies in the use of neural networks, particularly Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) or Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs).

GANs: GANs consist of two networks – a generator and a discriminator. The generator creates new images, while the discriminator evaluates these images. They work in a competitive manner, with the generator trying to create images that can fool the discriminator.

CNNs: CNNs are commonly used for image style transfer. They can extract style and content features from input images and apply them to generate a new image.

The neural networks are trained on the dataset. During training, GANs, for example, learn to generate images that closely resemble those in the training data. This process typically involves many iterations and can take a substantial amount of computational power and time.

In some AI art creation techniques, style transfer models are employed to apply the style of one image onto the content of another. This results in images that have the content of one image but the artistic style of another.

Artists and developers often fine-tune the AI model to achieve specific artistic effects or to control the output more precisely. This can involve adjusting parameters, altering the model architecture, or using different loss functions during training.

Once the AI model is trained and fine-tuned, it can be used to generate new art images. Users can input specific parameters or constraints to influence the style and content of the generated images. The generated images may undergo post-processing to enhance their visual quality or apply additional artistic effects. Not all generated images are equally appealing or artistic. Humans typically evaluate the generated images and select the ones that meet the desired artistic criteria.

AI art creation can take various forms, such as generating entirely new art, transforming photos into artwork, or creating art that mimics the style of famous painters. It’s important to note that the quality and creativity of AI art can vary significantly based on the sophistication of the AI model, the size and quality of the training dataset, and the expertise of the individuals involved in the process.

People Experience Emotions With AI Art

“Computers and artificial intelligence (AI) are becoming increasingly important in the art world. AI-generated artworks fetch millions at auction, and artists routinely use algorithms to create aesthetic content. Now, a team of researchers from the University of Vienna has conducted experiments showing that, contrary to popular intuition, people perceive emotions and intentions when viewing art, even when they know the work was generated by a computer. The study was recently published in the journal Computer in Human Behavior.”

Read more: New Study Finds That People Experience Emotions With AI-Generated Art

Banksy’s identity revealed?

There are almost as many myths and legends about him as there are about Shakespeare. Well, that may sound a bit exaggerated, but for years half the world has been trying to figure out who has his finger on the spray can. His paintings are primarily characterized by criticism of our Society and have the status of true works of art. Anyone who sees a real Banksy or – even better – even has one on the wall of his house, is a huge lucky guy. Rumors about his identity, which the artist keeps top secret, make the rounds again and again – but no one knows who he really is. Until now!

Read more: Banksy’s identity is said to have been accidentally revealed and he is part of a band

Long Live Degenerative Art

“All the achievements of contemporary artistic genius from Cézanne to Picasso — the product of the ultimate in freedom, strength and human feeling – have been received with insults and repression. We believe that it is mere idiocy and folly to reduce modern art, as some desire, to a fanaticism for any particular religion, race or nation.”

“These were the searing words of a group of 37 Cairo-based artists and thinkers known as Art and Liberty in their manifesto ‘Long Live Degenerate Art’ (1938). At the time, totalitarianism and repression was on the rise across Europe.”

Watch the video: Long Live Degenerative Art on Aeon.