William Shakespeare’s performs have endured not simply due to their inherent dramatic and linguistic qualities, but in addition as a result of every period has discovered its personal manner of envisioning and re-envisioning them. The expertise concerned in stage productions has modified over the previous 4 centuries, in fact, however so has the expertise concerned in artwork itself. A number of years in the past, we featured right here on Open Tradition an archive of three,000 illustrations of Shakespeare’s full works going again to the mid-nineteenth century. That web site was the PhD undertaking of Cardiff College’s Michael Goodman, who has not too long ago accomplished one other digital Shakespeare undertaking, this time utilizing synthetic intelligence: Paint the Image to the Phrase.
“Each picture collected right here has been generated by Steady Diffusion, a robust text-to-image AI,” writes Goodman on this new undertaking’s About web page. “To create a picture utilizing this expertise a consumer merely sorts an outline of what they need to see right into a textual content field and the AI will then produce a number of photographs akin to that preliminary textual immediate,” a lot as with the also-new AI-based artwork generator DALL-E.
Every of the numerous photographs Goodman created is impressed by a Shakespeare play. “A few of the illustrations are expressionistic (King John, Julius Caesar), whereas some are extra literal (Merry Wives of Windsor).” All “supply a visible thought or a gloss on the performs: Henry VIII, with the central characters represented in fuzzy felt, is grimly ironic, whereas in Pericles each Mariana and her father are seen by a watery prism, echoing that play’s concern with sea imagery.”
Choosing one among his many generated photographs per play, Goodman has created a complete digital exhibition whose works by no means repeat a mode or a sensibility, whether or not with a dog-centric nineteen-eighties collage representing Two Gents of Verona, a starkly near-abstract imaginative and prescient of Macbeth‘s Bizarre Sisters or A lot Ado About Nothing rendered as a modern-day rom-com. Theater firms might hardly fail to take discover of those photographs’ potential as promotional posters, however Paint the Image to the Phrase additionally demonstrates one thing bigger: Shakespeare’s performs have lengthy stimulated human intelligence, however they prove to work on synthetic intelligence as nicely. Go to Paint the Image to the Phrase right here.
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Primarily based in Seoul, Colin Marshall writes and broadcasts on cities, language, and tradition. His tasks embody the Substack e-newsletter Books on Cities, the e-book The Stateless Metropolis: a Stroll by Twenty first-Century Los Angeles and the video collection The Metropolis in Cinema. Observe him on Twitter at @colinmarshall or on Fb.