AI & Creativity

AI & Creativity

March 19, 2024

The Creativity of Artificial Intelligence in Art

Facilitation Reading

Chapter 10: The working day


How are new technologies changing the way we product content (and art) and how does that change affect the logic of digital economies or labor?

AI & The New Economy

Lecture Notes

My Notes

Traditionally, alienation in art has been associated with the separation of the artist from their work or the audience's disconnection from the artist's expression. However, AI introduces a new layer of alienation by removing the human artist's direct hand in the creation process. This shift raises questions about the authenticity of creative expression and the role of human emotion and experience in art. On one hand, AI-driven art could be seen as exacerbating alienation, as it further distances the creative process from human agency and emotional input. On the other hand, it can be argued that AI democratizes art creation, reducing alienation by enabling broader participation in artistic expression, regardless of traditional skill sets.

To Read

Take a look at Lev Manovich’s work today. Watch the first half of the video on The Algorithmic State.

Lev Manovich: AI Aestetics (2018)

Supplemental Reading

To Watch

Think about this video in the context of our other readings. How does it offer a different perspective? How might we use the theory we’ve been working on to critique it?

Student Facilitation

Capital Vol I, Chapter 10 (Sections 1-3 & 7)

Marx, Karl. 1867. "The Working Day, Sections 1-3." In Capital: A Critique of Political Economy, Vol. 1, translated by Ben Fowkes. Penguin Classics.

The Length of the Working Day and AI in Artistic Production: Chapter 10 of "Capital" discusses the length of the working day. How does the incorporation of AI into artistic production challenge or reinforce Marx's ideas about the working day, especially considering the potentially continuous nature of AI's labor in art creation?

Intensification of Labor Through AI: Marx explores the intensification of labor in Chapter 10. How does the use of AI in art potentially intensify the labor process for human artists, and what are the implications of this intensification in terms of artistic creativity and production?

Machine Labor and Human Creativity in Art: Considering Marx's discussion on machinery and large-scale industry, how does the integration of AI as a 'machine' in the creative process of art production affect the human role in creativity? Does AI serve as an extension, replacement, or transformation of human labor in art?

AI, Art, and the Commodification of the Creative Process: Based on Marx's examination of the commodification of labor, how might the use of AI in art creation influence the commodification of the creative process? How does this relate to Manovich's views on AI aesthetics and the value of art in a digital age?

To Do