HUMAN NATURE

Exploring creative AI to navigate the climate crisis


This series explores co-creation with AI at the intersection of arts, technology, and science to foster climate understanding and action. It underscores the term “human nature” in two distinct senses: one referring to the complexities of human experience, and the other to the natural environment altered by human actions.

By using AI as a creative tool to produce work with artistic context and intention, this series investigates the role of art in guiding us through the intricacies of the climate crisis. The abstract nature of climate change often makes it difficult for people to truly care, as they struggle to visualize its impact. How do we effectively visualize something so complex?

AI has this remarkable ability to bend time and space because all these images are constructed. The images are simultaneously liberated from realistic depiction yet rooted in the real world. While they may seem surreal, they encapsulate genuine real-world issues and offer a more nuanced, close-up view of the climate crisis.

A poppy flower boldly emerges from a barren rock. A couch, wrapped in plastic, floats in a melting ocean. A solitary chair stands on the last remaining patch of lush land in a sea of water. These surreal juxtapositions speak volumes about the impact of climate change. The challenges of global warming, greenhouse gas emissions, and air and plastic pollution are subtly depicted in a quiet and poetic way. Art can take a unique approach to climate change and make things less abstract and more thought-provoking.

We’ve often witnessed climate change portrayed as a tragedy, which risks it becoming just another cliché lost in the white noise. There is a disconnect between climate change awareness and our emotional engagement with it. Through art, we can envision a shift and exercise our thinking and understanding of climate change. Anything we see and change in our lives will influence other people too, eventually positively impacting the world around them. It’s crucial to inspire others to cultivate hope and take action as well.

I started this series to explore the aesthetic possibilities of photography in collaboration with generative AI. My goal was to explore a range of styles within the genre and its connection to the climate crisis, examining how climate art intersects with our perceptions and responses to environmental challenges.

I wanted to create images that bridge the gap between the abstract concepts of science and the emotional impact of art, encouraging us to take action. Rather than evoking unease, I wanted these images to offer relatable and actionable perspectives on the climate crisis.

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