How to use ChatGPT, Meditation, and Surrealism to Unlock Your Creativity
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Discover how AI and meditation can act as conduits for your own creativity by inspiring you with unexpected connections and ideas.
What you can learn.
- Engage in meditative practices that help you tap into your subconscious mind
- Learn how ChatGPT and AI function so that you can interact with technology in ways that inspire you
- Play surrealist word and language games to prompt unexpected connections
- Hear lectures from experts in surrealism and meditation who have engaged with AI for creative purposes
About this course:
AI represents an existential crisis for humans, forcing us to face the question of whether there are more of us than needed. This question is particularly confronting for artists, many of whom already question the value of their own creations and themselves. This workshop embraces AI as an art supply by recognizing that an artist’s contribution is not just to create something out of thin air, but to observe the startling connections between seemingly unconnected things that no one else has noticed. AI, specifically ChatGPT, can be a remarkable tool to bombard your brain, help you enter your creativity sideways, and give you the “x-ray specs” to see those unseen connections. The workshop uses meditation and Surrealistic parlour games to bridge between ChatGPT’s sometimes spooky, sometimes hollow responses and your own subconscious. The workshop uses AI ethically, consulting it not to create anything but simply as a lens to see connections in the artist’s mind and the world. This workshop is structured to help all artists, but is particularly useful to those working in narrative mediums (fiction, non-fiction, drama, film/tv). This workshop is taught by author Henry Lien, who has nearly 20 years’ experience as a Surrealist art dealer, and author/playwright Jerry Lee Davis, who has over 20 years’ experience teaching meditation.
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