Humor me just this once, please, dear readers: I humbly present to you a project of mine, consisting of the lyrics to Radiohead’s “Fitter Happier” from OK Computer, illustrated using Nightcafé’s AI image generator. This song is the crux of Radiohead’s groundbreaking 1997 opus; spoken using a computer-generated robotic voice, it blends quite well with the uncanny, backrooms-esque malaise that a lot of AI art seems to have. Notice how the images have absolutely no coherent sense of style or visual aesthetic; this was not my intent. Unlike something such as Goya’s Disasters of War, which is obviously the work of only one artist, the AI images here are all over the place. What does this mean for an artist working with AI to produce art? Is it possible for an artist to have a coherent “AI style” of their very own? I don’t have an answer to those questions, and I would love it if the artists themselves would start discussing their own experience using AI art generators, rather than leaving the task of figuring out what to do with AI to the pundits, bloggers, and tweeters.
So: here you go. Included is a link to the song on YouTube if you want to listen along.