Rob Horning on How Automatic Writing Is the Missing Link between Surrealism and AI-Generated Art

“The experience of AI in everyday life renders us default Surrealists, deferring to opaque automatic processes that no longer need be arduously evoked with Ouija-esque analog rituals.”
Real Life Editor Rob Horning, on the parallels between automatic writing and the artistic exploration of language models like GPT-3 and DALL-E. Unimpressed, he characterizes AI-generated prose and images as “estranged from human agency yet nonetheless has some perceivable sense to it that a reader can extract, or project on it.”

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