Hito Steyerl Describes AI-Generated Images as Mimicking “The Totality of Crap Online”

“No, these renderings do not relate to reality. They relate to the totality of crap online. So that’s basically their field of reference, right? Just scrape everything online and that’s your new reality.”
– German media artist Hito Steyerl, when asked how connected images—“statistical renderings” in her parlance—generated by AI platforms like Midjourney and Stable Diffusion are with reality.
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