Joseph Nathan Cohen

Department of Sociology, CUNY Queens College, New York, NY


Generating images in the style of Dada

This post is an installment in the Generative AI Art Style series, a practical knowledge project designed to help content creators fine-tune the aesthetics of their generated images by references to and descriptions of popular art styles.  Click here to read more on the project.

This page depicts the results of mentioning Dada in your prompt. Click here to learn about this project

Click here for this visual art style’s Wikipedia page

Generated Thick Descriptor (via Chat-GPT 4): Dada art, an early 20th-century avant-garde movement, is distinguished by its rejection of reason and logic, manifested in visual expressions of nonsense and irrationality. This anti-establishment art form often uses collage, sound poetry, cut-up writing, and sculptures, frequently embodying a spirit of protest. To create Dada-inspired art, experiment with mixed media, allow for spontaneity, and be willing to defy traditional artistic concepts and societal norms.

Human Observation.  Dadaism is a style that has performed very well in other jobs, but struck me as having done poorly in these exercises.  I have found mention of the style (in a thin prompt format) has generated pleasing images.

The table below depicts New York City’s Times Square and Northern Ontario’s Lake Kenogamissi. The left column shows the results of a “thin” prompt, in which the style was requested in name only. The right column shows the results of a “thick” prompt, in which the generated prompt was used.

Times Square

These images show what Generative AI renders when one requests that an image be rendered in well-known art styles. This series does not purport to describe major art styles as understood in the art scholarship community. If you have expertise in art and want to explain why these images do or do not capture the essence of these fields, then please do so in the comments section below.