The Hilma Af Klint + Bird Edition
On art, AI, and evolution
Colin here. A short, inspiring, and very visual WITI today. Friends Fred Raillard and Chelsea Steiger were experimenting with some visual AI. Their parameters were simple and creative: The Swedish artist “Hilma af Klint,” and “birds.”
Some background on af Klint from Guggenheim.org:
When Hilma af Klint began creating radically abstract paintings in 1906, they were like little that had been seen before: bold, colorful, and untethered from any recognizable references to the physical world. It was years before Vasily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, Piet Mondrian, and others would take similar strides to rid their own artwork of representational content.
What came out of the AI was quite lovely: A blend of the artist’s abstraction, subtly integrating the characteristics of the bird, residing in the real, physical world.
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Why is this interesting?
One, it is interesting to see the parameters of this AI being put in place by highly creative people, and to see the beautiful results. This is more about the act of selecting the right parameters and affecting the outcome, something I feel will be a true asset to great creatives in the future as AI advances. Two, it opens up an interesting can of worms regarding intellectual property: work from famous artists is used as source material for AI experimentation. What comes out might be something “new,” but it has, shall we say, very good genes. (CJN)
Thanks for reading,
Noah (NRB) & Colin (CJN)
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