If 'utopia' is the promise of four-day workweek for some thanks to even more intelligent automatisation of labour, why not let AI do the heavy creative lifting? Welcome to the opening article of our inaugural 2023 theme, TOWARDS TERRA. To match the Midjourney-generated illustrations accompanying the article, we've interviewed the talk-of-the-town app ChatGPT regarding its “opinions” on the future of various artforms

Hi, ChatGPT, thank you for making the time. I saw you were overloaded earlier.

You’re welcome! I’m here to help. What questions do you have for me today?

Let’s start big. Can you make a prediction about the future of art?

It’s difficult to make a specific prediction about the future of art as it is shaped by various cultural, social, and technological factors. However, it is likely that technology will continue to play a significant role in the creation and dissemination of art, leading to new forms of expression and potentially blurring the lines between traditional art mediums. The continued growth of globalization may also result in greater cross-cultural exchange and collaboration in the arts. Diversity and inclusivity are also likely to remain important themes in the art world, as artists and audiences seek to reflect and challenge societal norms and biases.

Can humankind invent new artforms?

Yes, humankind has the capability to invent new art forms. The history of art is marked by the continuous evolution of new styles, mediums, and techniques, reflecting changing cultural values and technological advancements. For example, the invention of photography in the 19th century led to the creation of new forms of visual storytelling, while the rise of digital technologies in the late 20th and early 21st centuries has enabled the creation of new forms of interactive and virtual art. As technology and society continue to evolve, it is likely that new art forms will emerge, offering new avenues for creative expression and engagement.

What do you make of the connection of utopia and art?

Utopia is often portrayed and explored in various forms of art such as literature, painting, film, and more. In art, utopia can serve as a critique of society, as a projection of hope and desire for a better world or as a warning of the dangers of totalitarianism and the loss of individuality. Utopian themes in art often invite viewers to imagine alternative possibilities and challenge them to consider their own values and beliefs. Through their representation of utopia, artists can inspire reflection, stimulate political discourse, and spark action towards positive change.

What do you make of AI generated art?

It has the potential to revolutionize the art world. Some artists and researchers view AI-generated art as a way to explore new forms of creativity and to push the boundaries of what is possible in art.

On the other hand, some people question the value of AI-generated art and whether it can truly be considered “art” in the traditional sense. They argue that since AI algorithms are not capable of experiencing emotions, imagination or intentionality, the works they produce lack the depth and meaning that define art created by humans.

Ultimately, the impact of AI on the art world and the definition of art itself is a complex and evolving topic that will continue to be debated in the coming years.

Can AI art put artists out of work?

AI technology has the potential to automate certain tasks and processes in many industries, including the art world. However, it’s unlikely that AI will completely replace human artists. While AI algorithms can generate unique and interesting works of art, they lack the emotional, imaginative, and intentional elements that make human art so valuable.

Furthermore, art is not just about the final product but also about the process of creation and the personal experiences, perspectives, and values that the artist brings to their work. These human elements are what make each piece of art unique and give it meaning.

In the short term, AI may create new opportunities for artists by enabling them to automate repetitive tasks and focus on more creative aspects of their work. In the long term, it’s possible that AI will change the nature of the art world and the role of the artist but it’s unlikely to completely eliminate the need for human artists.

Thank you!

You’re welcome! If you have any other questions, feel free to ask.


[Some answers have been edited for brevity and redundancy.]

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Illustrations / Markéta Kosinová with Midjourney

Interview / Františka Blažková with ChatGPT

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