In the realm of AI-generated content, Giacomo Miceli’s “Infinite Conversation” stands as a perplexing creation. Promising a never-ending dialogue between Werner Herzog and Slavoj Žižek, this online work lures users into a mesmerizing abyss.
Art and technology have always had a symbiotic relationship. From the first cave paintings to modern digital art, technology has enabled artists to create and showcase their work in new and innovative ways. Today, the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning is poised to revolutionize the art world in ways that are beyond any predictive trajectories or technological trends.
With ChatGPT 4 all over the news, I thought it should be fun to talk to ChatGPT and to find out if the bot could be prompted to write content for DIGITALSOULS.COM. While chatting with ChatGPT, we also asked the image generator offered by Canva to generate a few pictures that depict the ancient Greek philosopher Plato conversing with ChatGPT in a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles. Here’s a gallery with the images and the transcript of our first conversation:
Liu Bolin’s work continues to amaze audiences around the world. His site specific installations often play on the theme of hiding in plain sight. Bolin is a master at making himself disappear in public places and situations. He makes himself invisible by painting himself, his face and clothes, to match the background behind him.
In a recent post, I drew a distinction between two groups of artists that use Google Street View as part of their creative work:
The launch of Google Street View services in 2007 was followed almost immediately by the emergence of its very own art genre: Street View Art. In 2011, just a few years after the launch of GSV, Pete Brook of Wired hailed the emergence of the new genre with exuberant excitement, announcing that
The Street View car is like the ultimate street photographer, a robo Cartier-Bresson methodically scouring the streets and documenting what it sees — Pete Brook, Wired
While Brook’s article offers a great selection of early Street View art, the comparison between a digital mapping machine and a hybrid mashup of RoboCop, a Hollywood created SciFi robotic police officer, and Henri Cartier-Bresson, the flesh and blood pioneer of street photography in the twentieth century, may seem hyperbolic and somewhat besides the point when it comes to the impact of Google’s Street View images on the arts and popular culture.
The question is not as far fetched as you might think. And — even though this will not settle the matter — let me give you my answer right away: No, this post was not written by a machine. It was written by a real person, a human writer, me. I wrote it. But consider … Read more
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