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Artificial Aesthetics: A Critical Guide to AI, Media and Design

Book authors: Lev Manovich and Emanuele Arielli.

Chapter 1.

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

Chapter 2.

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

Chapter 3.

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

Chapter 4.

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

(Coming out in "Machine Hallucinations: Architecture and Artificial Intelligence," Architectural Design special issue, eds. Matias del Campo and Neil Leach, Vol. 92, issue 3, 2022.)

Book information:

Assume you're a designer, an architect, a photographer, a videographer, a curator, an art historian, a musician, a writer, an artist, or any other creative professional or student. Perhaps you're a digital content creator who works across multiple platforms. Alternatively, you could be an art historian, curator, or museum professional.

You may be wondering how AI will affect your professional area in general and your work and career. This book does not aim to predict the future or tell you exactly what will happen. Instead, we want to offer you a set of intellectual tools to help you better navigate any changes that may come along. These tools come from several different fields: aesthetics, philosophy of art and psychology of art (Emanuele), and media theory, digital culture studies, and data science (Lev). As far as we know, our book is the first to bring together all these different perspectives in thinking about cultural AI.

We started the work on the book in summer 2019, exchanging numerous messages, commenting on each other ideas, and sharing drafts of sections. The final book is a result of this process. Although each chapter is written by one author, it reflects the discussions we had over 27 months.

The book is released one chapter at a time on and

Lev Manovich and Emanuele Arielli, November 2021

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