Joseph Nathan Cohen

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

Video Art

Generating images in the style of Video 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 Video 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): Video art, an art form that utilizes video technology, emerged in the 1960s with consumer video technology. Its aesthetic is often experimental, and it may not adhere to conventional cinema traits such as dialogue, actors or a discernible plot. The style can take many forms, including broadcast recordings, museum installations, online streaming, and performances involving live or recorded visuals. Innovative use of technology is key, from analog video tapes to digital recording equipment.

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.