Joseph Nathan Cohen

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

Kinetic Art

Generating images in the style of Kinetic Art.

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 Kinetic Art 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): Kinetic art refers to artworks that feature movement, often noticeable by the observer. These include three-dimensional sculptures and mobiles that move naturally or are machine operated, often powered by wind, a motor, or observer intervention. Some aspects of kinetic art involve perceived movement from certain angles. The style originated in late 19th century from artists like Monet and Degas, who emphasized human movement in their work. To create kinetic art, incorporate moving elements into your artwork, simulate the illusion of movement, or operate via an external force.

Human Observation.  The thick descriptor yielded unsatisfactory results in the Lake image.  

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.