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Artificial Aesthetics: Generative AI, Art, and Visual Media

Book authors: Lev Manovich and Emanuele Arielli. The book is released one chapter at a time on and


Emanuele Arielli. Chapter 1 - Even an AI Could Do That.
Published December 15, 2021

Lev Manovich. Chapter 2 - Who is an Artist in AI Era?
Published January 18, 2022.

Emanuele Arielli. Chapter 3 - Techno-animism 
and the Pygmalion effect.
Published March 28, 2022.

Lev Manovich. Chapter 4 - AI and Myths of Creativity.
Published May 18, 2022.

Lev Manovich. Chapter 5 - Seven Arguments about AI Images and Generative Media.
Published April 20, 2023.

Emanuele Arielli. Chapter 6 - Human Perception and The Artificial Gaze.
Published January 15, 2024.

Lev Manovich. Chapter 7 - Separate and Reassemble.
Published March 27, 2024.

About the book:

Our analysis of generative AI draws on a unique set of perspectives that combine Emanuele Arielli's expertise in philosophy of art and experimental psychology of art with Lev Manovich's experience in media theory, data science, computer science, and digital art. The book is the first to bring these different perspectives together. We examine the impact of generative AI on concepts in art theory and aesthetics and practices in the fields of visual art, design, and media.

We began working on the book in the summer of 2019, exchanging numerous messages, commenting on each other's ideas, and sharing section drafts. Although each chapter is written by a single author, it incorporates the ongoing discussions we have all the time. We hope that this book's many general concepts and ideas will remain relevant for years to come. At the same time, it is also a theoretical reflection on the initial period of the cultural and aesthetic revolution initiated by generative AI (2021-2023).

Each chapter of the book is published on and

Lev Manovich and Emanuele Arielli, November 2021 – January 2024

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