AI Variant Animation

Courtney "CB" Brown

I fed DALL-E my cover illustration for this issue and asked it to create a variation. I then asked it to create variations on those variations over and over again. Besides choosing which variation to keep each round, I provided no further input. This video documents DALL-E’s journey to the final iteration and gives a glimpse into its strange and mysterious robot brain.

To my knowledge, this process was initially created and explored by digital artist Alan Resnick. Artists using AI to expand on their already existing work and voice, like Resnick, provide a tiny glimmer of hope in the AI landscape for artists. Rather than a catalyst for our complete cultural devaluation, I desperately want to believe in a future where AI is simply another tool in an artist’s toolbox.