Working with algorithms as creative tools can have a transformative effect on the creative process. The process by which these images are generated is based on algorithms that reinterpret images available in our visual cultural landscape.
Give an algorithm the task of creating a unique image made up of genes of millions of other images from categories such as “lipstick”, “bikini”, and “perfume” and you get: women in our visual landscape. Or at least an extremely uncanny resemblance of what we have defined as feminine: voluptuous silhouettes and blobs of nude hues all over. The predominance of a limited gamut of skin tones, confirms the well-known issues of diversity and representation in our culture.
What we see is not the algorithm’s judgement, but a direct reflection of our visual (and cultural) landscape.
Surrounded by screens
AI-assisted art shines a light on how human creativity is constantly affected by our technological and cultural context, thus, evolving with it. This is what creativity in 2020 looks like from a personal perspective— amid the pandemic, isolation, and prevalence of images on screens.