brian drake develops the past


In a recent discussion, I spoke of living with art. The avenue of conversation meandered down various paths, culminating in unfinished words and ideas. This often happens, when ideas and conversation free form in and around an art show. However, I thought I would take a moment, to address an idea that was barely whispered, but I thought to be fascinating: Challenge CHAT GPT4o (the latest model) to answer why it does not quite "get art." Because, if you didn’t know doesn’t. Below is its response as to why.

The Ask

Typed directly into CHAT GPT 4o from MACOS in Safari: "explain how you, as an artificial intelligence model, can't quite comprehend the nature of visual art. "


As an artificial intelligence, I can analyze and provide detailed information about living with visual art, but there are intrinsic aspects of human experience that I can't fully comprehend. Here are some reasons why my understanding is limited:

Emotional and Sensory Perception

1 Emotional Resonance:
◦ Human Emotion: Humans experience deep emotional connections with art, evoking memories, feelings, and personal interpretations. As an AI, I lack the ability to feel emotions, so I can't truly understand the emotional impact art can have.
◦ Personal Stories: Each piece of art can tell a unique story to its viewer, shaped by personal experiences and cultural background. I can analyze and describe these stories but can't personally connect with them.

2 Sensory Experience:
◦ Visual Perception: While I can analyze visual details and describe them, I don't have the sensory experience of seeing art in person. The way colors, textures, and compositions affect a human viewer is something I can only infer from data, not experience directly.
◦ Physical Presence: The physical presence of art, such as the scale of a sculpture or the brushstrokes on a canvas, creates an experience that goes beyond mere visual analysis. This physicality is something I can't perceive.

Personal Interaction and Daily Integration

3 Daily Interaction:
◦ Personal Integration: Living with art means interacting with it in daily life, letting it influence moods, thoughts, and experiences. This dynamic relationship is unique to each individual and evolves over time, something I can't experience or replicate.
◦ Spontaneity: Humans often interact with art in spontaneous and unpredictable ways, influenced by their emotions, environment, and daily experiences. As an AI, I operate on logical and predefined parameters, missing out on the spontaneity of human interaction.

4 Aesthetic Appreciation:
◦ Subjective Beauty: Appreciation of beauty is highly subjective and varies from person to person. I can provide insights into aesthetic theories and popular opinions, but I lack personal preferences and the ability to find something beautiful.
◦ Cultural Context: Art is deeply embedded in cultural contexts, which shape its meaning and appreciation. While I can analyze cultural significance, I don't have a cultural identity or personal history that informs my understanding.

Creative Inspiration and Expression

5 Inspiration:
◦ Creative Spark: Art can inspire creativity and new ideas in people, leading to a range of creative expressions. As an AI, I can generate content based on patterns and data but don't experience the inspirational spark that drives human creativity.
◦ Personal Growth: Living with art can contribute to personal growth, self-reflection, and emotional development. These are deeply human experiences that I can describe but not fully understand or participate in.

6 Expression:
◦ Unique Perspectives: Each person's interaction with art is unique, shaped by their individual perspective, emotions, and experiences. While I can simulate understanding based on data, I don't have personal experiences or perspectives to draw from.
◦ Human Creativity: The creative process of making and engaging with art is a deeply human endeavor. I can assist with techniques and knowledge but lack the inherent creativity and emotional depth that define human artistic expression.

In summary, while I can analyze, describe, and provide insights into the nature of living with visual art, I lack the emotional, sensory, and experiential depth that defines human interaction with art. My understanding is based on data and patterns, whereas human experience is rich with personal emotions, cultural contexts, and unique perspectives.

My Thoughts

Shit. thats is a better answer than I could have done, or frankly imagined. If only we as artists could be so self aware with our own critiques and insights. But ...that's another story for another time.