AI Futuristic Narratives in Historical Artistry, Art Dubai 2024

Curator Serena Tabacchi 
Immaterika Gallery

Florencia S.M. Brück’s AI Futuristic Narratives in Historical Artistry is a revolutionary art project that bridges the historical elegance of Islamic Persian art with the futuristic vision of Artificial Intelligence.

The “AI Futuristic Narratives in Historical Artistry” artworks, unveiled at Art Dubai 2024, represent a pioneering journey that melds the grandeur of historical art with the visionary potential of the future. Born from the complexities of contemporary conflicts, this project illuminates the precious cultural heritage of Persian poets, artists, and philosophers.

Amidst the challenges faced by global culture today, this endeavor stands as a powerful testament to the importance of preserving, respecting, and being open-minded towards the vast cultural contributions of figures such as Rumi, Hafez, and their contemporaries. Leveraging Artificial Intelligence, the profound insights and legacies of these historical icons are reimagined, fostering a dynamic interaction between ancient wisdom and modern innovation. This artistic synthesis not only serves as an experiment in creativity but also advocates for meaningful engagement with the myriad cultures that enrich our shared human condition.

At its core, the project highlights the significance of drawing from global cultural traditions. It points out that our collective narratives, memories, and diversities are not mere relics of bygone eras but crucial foundations for shaping our understanding of the world today and forging paths into the future. Through “AI Futuristic Narratives in Historical Artistry,” we invite viewers to explore a realm where historical grandeur and contemporary vision converge, celebrating the enduring beauty of cultural interchange and the unifying strength of diversity.

This project uniquely demonstrates the process where AI first creates 30 contemporary poems, inspired by Persian poetry, of an AI-infused society merged with nature and humanity values, and then, trained on Persian Islamic miniature paintings, visualizes these futuristic narratives in a style reminiscent of the past.

A particularly compelling aspect of Brück’s work is her decision to create 30 pieces, inspired by “The Conference of the Birds” by Farid ud-Din Attar—a seminal work of Persian literature that encapsulates a spiritual journey of enlightenment. Just as only thirty birds reach their final realization in Attar’s narrative, discovering the Simurgh within themselves, Brück’s collection mirrors this journey of discovery and introspection. “The realization that the divine resides within one’s soul, and that enlightenment is a collective yet deeply personal journey, is a theme I wished to encapsulate through my work,” explains Brück.

Material choice plays a crucial role in the project’s conceptual framework. Each artwork is presented on aluminum plates, measuring 29 x 50 cm, to reflect the dimensions of traditional manuscripts. The use of metal serves to convey the notion of the machine, seamlessly blending the organic essence of Persian miniatures with the inorganic reality of our AI-driven future. Brück adds a layer of intimacy to each piece by meticulously inscribing, using a Dremel tool, the corresponding poem, miniature decorative elements, and her signature on the reverse side of each plate, adding a personal and authentic touch.

Florencia S.M. Brück’s ‘AI Futuristic Narratives in Historical Artistry’ is more than a display of artistic achievement; it is a philosophical inquiry into the nature of creativity, culture, and technology. It invites us to ponder our place in the continuum of history and the ways in which we might navigate the future.

Artistic Inspiration and Concept

In creating “AI Futuristic Narratives in Historical Artistry,” I ventured into an exploration where the historical elegance of Islamic Persian art and the futuristic vision of Artificial Intelligence could intertwine. Revealed at Art Dubai 2024, this journey marries the richness of past artistry with the promise of future possibilities. It’s a reflection of my deep respect for the cultural heritage of Persian poets, artists, and philosophers, and an attempt to bring their timeless wisdom into conversation with today’s technological advances.

Facing the myriad challenges that envelop global culture, my project aspires to be a humble tribute to the enduring importance of safeguarding and honoring the immense cultural contributions of figures like Rumi, Hafez, and their contemporaries.

The project is anchored in the rich tapestry of Islamic history, drawing from the vast cultural and artistic heritage of major empires such as the Umayyad, Abbasid, Mamluk, Ottoman, Timurid, and Mughal dynasties. These periods are celebrated for their contributions to the arts, particularly the realm of miniature paintings, which are characterized by their meticulous detail, vibrant colors, and profound symbolism.

At its essence, this work underscores the vitality of drawing from our collective cultural traditions. It’s a reminder that the stories, memories, and diversities we inherit are not merely remnants of the past but are foundational to our understanding of today and tomorrow. “AI Futuristic Narratives in Historical Artistry” is an invitation to a realm where the legacy of historical grandeur and the clarity of contemporary vision coalesce, a celebration of cultural exchange and the strength of diversity.

The poetry dataset incorporates the works of eminent poets like Rumi, Hafez, Omar Khayyam, Ferdowsi, Saadi Shirazi, Attar of Nishapur, Al-Ghazali, as well as Jami, Ibn Arabi, and Al-Mutanabbi. These poets are renowned for their spiritual and philosophical musings, expressed through diverse poetic forms such as ghazals, quatrains, and epic narratives. Their poetry, infused with themes of divine love, existential inquiry, and ethical guidance, provides a textual foundation for the AI’s creative process.

To visually represent these poems, the AI dataset includes imagery reminiscent of the miniature styles from different Islamic periods. This includes the heroic epics illustrated in the Shāhnāmah, the spiritual allegories from Attar’s The Conference of the Birds, and the romantic escapades depicted in The Seduction of Yusuf, the lyrical landscapes and celestial imaginings from the Khamsah and Hamzanama manuscripts offer a wealth of visual elements for the AI to draw upon.

By integrating this diverse range of poetic voices and artistic styles, the AI can generate new, futuristic imagery and narratives that pay homage to the past while innovating for the future. The resulting synergy forms a unique digital anthology that bridges the historical splendor of Islamic art with the cutting-edge realms of digital storytelling and AI-driven creativity. This approach not only preserves the legacy of Islamic literary and artistic traditions but also reinterprets them through the lens of contemporary technology, fostering a dialogue between the classical and the modern.

Creative Process

  • Poem Creation: Initially, AI technology, guided by the artist, crafts poems drawing inspiration from the rich tradition of Persian Islamic poetry but with a futuristic technological settings, from the love between a human and a machine to a virtual poet exploring the metaverse. These poems set the narrative framework for the project.
  • Visual Representation: Subsequently, the AI is trained on a dataset of Islamic Persian miniature paintings to create visual representations of these narratives. This training enables the AI to adopt the intricate styles and thematic elements of the historical artworks.
  • Aluminium Metal Plate Prints: I selected aluminium metal to convey the concept of the machine, bridging the organic with the inorganic, and reflecting on our intertwined future with technology. On the reverse side of each plate, I’ve inscribed, using a Dremel tool, the corresponding poem, miniature decorative elements, and my signature. This act of personalization seeks to diminish the distance between the viewer and my artistic intentions, offering a tangible connection to the conceptual underpinnings of the work.
  • NFT: Every piece of art in this collection is officially recorded on the blockchain. Accompanying each artwork is a unique NFT number, signifying its authenticity and digital identity. See: https://opensea.io/collection/fsmb-futuristic-narratives-in-historical-artistry

Collection (total of 30 artworks)

NFT MARKETPLACE: https://opensea.io/collection/fsmb-futuristic-narratives-in-historical-artistry