This AI art exhibition is bound to create controversy

Art from the AI art exhibition The Art of Trending
(Image credit: Woods Art Institute (WAI))

There was uproar a few weeks ago when an AI-generated image won a fine art competition, apparently without the judges knowing. But now the AI image generator DALL-E 2 has been given a whole exhibition, but there's a twist that makes this very much an exhibition for our times. The artworks are generated by taking trending hashtags from Twitter.

DALL-E 2 is a text-based art generator that turns written prompts into images. And the organisers of The Art of Trending are using Twitter hashtags to inspire the prompts. The result has been dubbed "the most contemporary art exhibition" since every day it incorporates new pieces inspired by the day's events, from the #ItalianElections and #BerlinMarathon to #RussianProtests (not clear on how the tech works? See our piece on how to use DALL-E 2).

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Joseph Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment for creatives, from monitors to accessories and office supplies. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives, where he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and collaterals for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.