I think I’ve made long-winded posts in favor of AI art (not on this blog) that people “liked“ because they didn’t read far enough & assumed I was part of the popular hate train for it. I’m in favor of AI art, in case you didn’t know.
(Side note: I may reiterate the “debate” civilly in my comments, but I’ll block you if I’m at all annoyed by how it’s going. Don’t come with your fingers in your ears, hot to regurgitate the hot takes you’ve ingested elsewhere.)
I don’t see myself using it for much more than a laugh right now (see Spooktober 2022), but if I ever get back into making art in earnest? I’ll probably use it as a tool. In a survey on Midjourney 40% of the thousands of people using that AI said they work as or have worked as professional artists. They’re using it as a tool, like we all did when we all learned Photoshop and whatnot.
Anyway, pro-AI art thought for the day: I’ve made the case before that opposing AI art can be ableist, because it allows people to create art who would be otherwise unable to do so. So as I reflect on that tonight, I’m thinking, that just might be the most exciting thing about AI art right now.
A lot of people who use it are either dabbling, or are already artists in their own right by older means. But some people are approaching this as artists, who have never been able to make art before. How might their work be different from the rest of us? What are they going to do with it? When they’re new, versus when they’re more developed?
Outsider art is a very interesting realm. The postmodern embrace of it was one of a few inarguably good things to come out of that school of thought. Ideas from the untrained help keep the world of art fresh and interesting, and balance the elitism inherent to its sadly ever-present class association.
AI art is, in a very abstract way, a descendant of the art of collage, which is a very common form for outsider art to take. Where my outsiders at? What have you done with this new tool today?
– ps: enjoy some abject AI foolery