The “Me, Myself & AI” project provides a unique opportunity for our Media arts students to explore the intersection of human creativity and artificial intelligence. By comparing their interpretations of source prompts, such as song lyrics, poetry, lines from stories, or quotes, with the AI-generated art produced by Midjourney (using the same prompts), students can gain insights into the creative process and how different humans and machines are when it comes to producing creative artifacts.
Through brainstorming and the use of abstract concepts, students are challenged to think deeply about the source material and to express their ideas in unique and innovative ways. While working on their digital art, without being informed, the same prompts that inspired each piece were fed as data points to Midjourney to generate the AI image below each student’s work.
While it may be tempting to compare and judge the quality of the outputs in this project, the main focus of the student’s work is on their ability to think creatively and independently beyond the capabilities of the machine they are using.
I am not the only traveller
Who has not repaid his debt
I’ve been searching for a trail to follow again
Take me back to the night we met
– The Night We Met by Lord Huron
She from the jungle. I take somebody else’s car, drive it undercover.
Oh, who is she?
A misty memory
A haunting face
Is she a lost embrace?
Somewhere across the sea of time
A love immortal such as mine
Will come to me
Return to me
– Who Is She? by I Monster
When I’m sober, I just don’t like who I am
Pour me up a four and I’ll feel like myself again
Roll me up some dope and I’ll feel like myself again
– Myself by Nav
And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all.
– The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe
Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.
– Charles Mingus
You are not here to conform.
I am here to take a look inside myself.
Recognize that I could be the eye, the eye of the storm.
– Ancient Dreams in a Modern Land by MARINA