Artificial Intelligence in Visual Arts – What Role Does it Play?

March 8, 2022

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Globally, the use of Artificial Intelligence has increased rapidly in recent years. AI has found itself being used in almost any field. It’s facilitating people’s work, both in production and in creative fields. Offering free time, and performing exemplary procedures, that required accuracy and perfection.

Thanks to AI, technologies that were intended only for the industrial area or a certain very rich social stratum are now available to the general public. It’s powering increasingly intelligent devices and applications, which can control the daily activities of each of our houses. It can even anticipate certain wishes, gestures, offering services and solutions.

Artificial Intelligence In Literature

Beginning with the science fiction literature and in the same field, with the movies of the 1950s and 1960s, there was a constant fear of the too aggressive implementation of AI in everyday life. Which, in some ways, could harm the health of the individual. Both physically and mentally, excessively reducing somatic and mental activities, bringing it to a level close to zero (see the ironic way that Axiom Humans were presented in the computer-animated science fiction film Wall-E).

At the same time, there were opinions that supported the superiority of artificial logical connections. Which is an apocalyptic future, that could overcome human reason. Self-evolution, dominates it, as it happens in the science fiction stories of Isaac Asimov.

Artificial Intelligence In Art

Although, the future can never be accurately anticipated, there are and will always be areas where the superiority of Artificial Intelligence is far higher than human reason.

In art, the unlimited sensitivity, and creativity of the human being never seem to be threatened by the accelerated evolution of cyber processes.

Many contemporary creators in the vast field of visual arts (painters, sculptors, photographers, videographers, actors, etc.). Have chosen and continue to choose to use AI in creating their works, as an indispensable tool for fulfilling their vision.

people painting and drawing

You can’t resist the technological evolution, and at some point, you will realize that this evolution gives you support and help.

AI Acceptance

When you come to understand, it does not hinder you. And does not affect the way you want to exhibit your final creation to the general public. As a personal example, 15 years ago, when I first started working as a photographer for a publication, I chose to use a digital camera. Although experienced photographers still worked with film cameras.

Later, emotionally attached to my massive DSLR camera, it was quite difficult for me to accept that a mirrorless camera offers more advantages than a DSLR camera (discretion, volume, weight, etc.). Or further, how a seemingly too simple smartphone can work wonders in the hands of a talented photographer.

For me, this was one of the many examples. Through this, I understood that if you do not let yourself be seduced only by the advantage of technology and always put in the foreground your personal talent, creative ideas, and the ability to change the perspective of the work you create. Depending on the condition and feelings you are experiencing, Artificial Intelligence remains a fantastic tool. Sometimes indispensable, but a simple tool in your hand.

The device still remains a device

Ultimately, a device remains a device, that can mimic feelings, emotions, appearance. (See the android Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation).

It can process information and calculations with unimaginable speed, but cannot yet generate certain mental states on its own (sadness, melancholy, fear, etc.). Which are the result of humans’ experience or thinking. And it is precisely the sum of these stirring feelings, born only in the biological mind, that is ultimately the generator of art.

There are also theories that believe that the easy use of AI in art, can generate a superficiality in the final work. Although it attracts appreciation from the general public, as a result of its exact creation, has no depth, essence, or subtlety. And it does not contain the artist’s experience behind the work.

Wrapping up

The way each person analyzes an artistic creation is subjective, and perhaps that is the beauty of the art. Over time, many new styles in art were initially ridiculed, ironized, or seen as a simple way for the artist to stand out.

If directed by a talented artist, Artificial Intelligence can work wonders. This is evidenced by the achievements obtained in recent years. Behind these logical and accurate tools, seemingly unlimited in execution, artistic creation will require the existence of an artist’s soul.

Artificial Intelligence remains an instrument, not an entity. Its future development depends only on human action and the human will to shape it.

About the author

Cristi Niculescu has studied philosophy and journalism. He has worked for over 15 years as a journalist and photographer for several national publications. Tourism, social, medical, culinary, interior design, etc. He currently works as a translator and content creator for a multi-national advertising agency. Other activities include photography, maintaining a tourism blog, a passion for painting, and acting (playing in a theater group).