AI Cribs From Friedrich, Moreau
Jason M. Allen's AI-assisted Théâtre D'opéra Spatial becomes the latest dubious artwork to rate a portentous think piece in The New York Times.
Allen used Midjourney, a machine-learning program that draws on a large training set of human-made art. Allen's image surely has roots in medievalizing fantasy art. But the woman looking at the landscape, seen from behind, is a motif popularized by Caspar David Friedrich. Overall, I'd say that most of the visual tropes that matter in Théâtre D'opéra Spatial can be found in Gustave Moreau's Salome Dancing Before Herod, from the mid 1870s.
|Gustave Moreau, Salome Dancing Before Herod, 1874-1876. Hammer Museum|
I'd like to see more of what it can do.
All to the good if it can mimic human ingenuity (Moreau's) and creativity.
But can it create artistic ideas on its own? Time will tell.
Give me something edgy (Ensor) or something hypereal (Campin).
As Picasso said, all art is derivative.
Yet in this recombining, new artistic ideas emerge.
--- JF Lyotard, The Inhuman