The development of AI technology has had a significant impact on our day-to-day lives, providing us with more convenience and time. One of the most prominent side effects of this change has been the rise in art production — from painting to video editing to NFTs. While we enjoy these developments from an artistic perspective, there is also some concern that humans are losing control over their emotions as their creativity becomes increasingly processed by machine-generated artwork.
Artificial intelligence has allowed artists to create more art than ever before, which some may think is a good thing. However, there is some concern that AI techniques are stealing emotion from the artwork. How can humans retain control over an art form that is so heavily processed by machines? Additionally, how do people stay in touch with their feelings while using them for their work? In this piece, I will talk about those questions and what artists can do to keep a creative balance.
A recent study found that emotions are a driver behind our thoughts, judgments, and behaviors. So the question is, how does AI affect the emotional experiences of artists?
I think this constantly about how technology is going to evolve. I think it’s very important, and it’s become even more important for me. If you think about, say, how powerful the cell phone is, and it’s in your pocket, and it’s maybe the most important device you have, and you have it with you all the time, and you never leave it at home, and it’s always with you, that is such an incredible tool to have. And that thing is only a couple of years old now! It’s so powerful. And now AI art is something like that. What’s so empowering about AI art? Well, obviously, you’re going to have a lot of control over it. You can program it if you want; you can curate it, and then you can even tweak it. It’s just so empowering to create the thing, and then to be able to print out a painting on canvas or silk, and then display it in your home. The possibilities for what you can do with that are endless. But I think there are some dangers too…
2) How can artists make use of technology but also express their emotional state?
You have to extend that idea to artworks. So, if you’re working with graphics software or 3D software, you have to be able to extend it means, so that it fits with the content of the artwork. And also make sure it’s still expressive enough for people (to feel like they’re still in control). And make sure it’s not too expressive to the point that they won’t be able to control it at all. So, there’s a balance between being expressive and being controlled. But I think the thing about AI is that it’s really interesting how you can now develop this software such that, if you’re using AI, for example, I’m creating a series of typographic prints. And I’ve been working with an artist named Sophia Lindqvist to develop a whole series of prints for her exhibition called “NOISES”. She was working with a few other artists and we all came together and created the print. And I think it was really interesting for me to work with her because I use AI so that I can make sure every single letter is perfect. I’ll be able to make sure every letter is printed the same. And that allows me to have so much more control over everything that I’m doing, which I really like. But then in terms of the emotional side of it, I think that’s where you have to find a balance between being expressive and being controlled.
… So I think that part is very important.
3) Are there times when an AI-generated art piece is more expressive than a human-created one?
If you are interested in using AI to create your artwork, there’s a lot of different ways to do it. You can use 3D software, or you can use Photoshop, or you can use the very latest technology that’s on the market now called generative design. And that’s something that I’m super interested in because it allows you to create something so complex and so detailed. For example, you can do these model/gltf-binary and they’re mind-blowing. And, amazingly, you can design something like this with no textural reference, or no idea at all of what the “minting” is going to look like, but the AI system will create all the material for you. It’ll give you options for material — there are steel materials, there are canvas materials. And then you can just explore those materials, and essentially create a 3D NFT artwork. It’s a very exciting thing! I’m always interested in exploring these things and seeing what can be done.
… it’s like trying to tell somebody ‘Hey, I want this’ — the perspective of ‘I’d like to show this. And they come up with something completely different.
4) If humans are taking time to be creative with their work, how do they stay in touch with their feelings?
I think that one of the big problems with technology is that it becomes this thing that we just have to do. It becomes too much of a part of our lifestyle, and we kind of lose touch with who we are as humans. And I’m very passionate about that because I’m interested in keeping in touch with my emotional side. So, there’s a lot of experimentation going on right now where people are using AI to create art and design things such as humanoid androids. And I think that’s interesting because it allows us to explore those things. And then people have been exploring this for thousands of years with traditional art. So in the future, they’ll even try and explore things like symbolism and all kinds of other ideas. But I think that’s important to keep in touch with who you are as a human being.
I want people to be able to discover their emotions. Emotions are to humans what parameters are to an algorithm. I believe the best way to do this is through art.
Ultimately, what are the benefits or disadvantages of using AI technology in art production?
Human creativity would be unnecessary. This is probably the most devastating thing that we can imagine, but also the most fascinating. This is an area where I am very curious about how far we can go with AI, and how much we can exploit this technology to achieve our artistic goals.
Will we be just recipients of the brilliant art creations created by AI?
Why do we love AI content? Because it challenges and even changes our perspectives.