The images are so crafted and « painterly » that you may not realise at first they have been dreamed up by a machine in just a few minutes.
Maybe you’ve seen one already, but not realised what it was.
It may have looked like something you’d seen before in an art book or a museum.
These images are the product of a new AI-generated art scene that’s exploded thanks to the development of free and easy-to-use tools that require (at the very least) short text prompts to create unique pictures.
The image in the tweet above, for example, was created by giving the text prompt « a summer day » to an AI tool.
Supplied with a short excerpt from T.S. Eliot’s poem The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock, it produced this:
These images are hard to classify — they’re part artwork, part a function of computer coding, part glimpse into some collective, online unconscious that maps the associations between images and words.
Some have described them as « alien dreams » or « peering into the ‘mind’ of a neural network ».
So we had a go at making our own images, with the broad theme of « Australia ».
Here’s the results.