A project of curıosity
An artificial intelligence
that turns text into visuals.
Leonardo da Vinci has always been famous for his visual power.
Few of us know how he loved to play with words.Throughout his life,
Leonardo da Vinci scribbled little riddles in his notebooks,
which came to be known as his Prophecies.Every "prophecy" gives a seemingly apocalyptic spectacle.
But here is the twist:
they correspond to none other than everyday objects or concepts.This way,
Prophecies prove how mysterious ordinary life
can appear when described by a genius.Reading his prophecies turns one's mind into
Leonardo's brush and canvas.So we asked ourselves:
What would happen if Leonardo lived in the 21st century with Midjourney at his fingertips?How would AI interpret his prophecies?
We named the result:
LEONARDO AI VINCI
It is our pleasure to share it with you.
"Creatures shall be seen upon the earth who will always be fighting one with another, with very great losses and frequent deaths on either side. These shall set no bounds to their malice ... Earth! what delays thee to open and hurl them headlong into the deep fissures of thy huge abysses and caverns, and no longer to display in the sight of heaven so savage and ruthless a monster?"
DIVISION OF THE PROPHECIES
"First of things which relate to the reasoning animals, second those which have not the power of reason, third of plants, fourth of ceremonies, fifth of customs, sixth of propositions, decrees or disputes, seventh of propositions contrary to Nature (as to speak of a substance which the more there is taken from it is the more increased), and reserve the weighty propositions until the end, and begin with those of less import, and show first the evils and then the punishments, eight of philosophical things."
"Some poor wretch will be flattered, and these same flatterers will always be to him deceivers, robbers and assassins."
THE PERCUSSION OF THE SUN'S DISC
"Something will appear which will cover over the person who shall attempt to cover it."
OF THE SHADOW CAST BY THE SUN AND OF THE REFLECTION IN THE WATER SEEN AT ONE AND THE SAME TIME
"Many times one man shall be seen to change into three and all shall proceed together, and often the one that is most real abandons him."
OF THE FEAR OF POVERTY
"The malevolent and terrifying thing shall of itself strike such terror into men that almost like madmen, while thinking to escape from it, they will rush in swift course upon its boundless forces."
"He who shall be most necessary to whoever has need of him will be unknown, and if known will be held of less account."
OF SNAKES CARRIED BY SWANS
"Serpents of huge size will be seen at an immense height in the air fighting with birds."
OF CANNON WHICH COME FORTH OUT OF A PIT AND FROM A MOULD
"There shall come forth from beneath the ground that which by its terrific report shall stun all who are near it, and cause men to drop dead at its breath, and it shall devastate cities and castles."
"There are many who hold the faith of the Son and only build temples in the name of the Mother."
OF FOOD WHICH HAS BEEN ALIVE
"A large part of the bodies which have had life will pass into the bodies of other animals, that is the houses no longer inhabited will pass piece-meal through those which are inhabited, ministering to their needs and bearing away with them what is waste; that is to say that the life of man is made by the things which he eats, and these carry with them that part of man which is dead."
OF MEN WHO SLEEP UPON PLANKS MADE FROM TREES
"Men will sleep and eat and make their dwelling among trees grown in the forests and the fields."
"It shall seem to men that they see new destructions in the sky, and the flames descending therefrom shall seem to have taken flight and to flee away in terror; they shall hear creatures of every kind speaking human language; they shall run in a moment, in person, to divers parts of the world without movement; amidst the darkness they shall see the most radiant splendours. O marvel of mankind! What frenzy has thus impelled you! You shall hold converse with animals of every species, and they with you in human language. You shall behold yourselves falling from great heights without suffering any injury; the torrents will bear you with them as they mingle in their rapid course."
"Many communities there will be who will hide themselves and their young and their victuals within gloomy caverns, and there in dark places will sustain themselves and their families for many months without any light either artificial or natural."
OF SHEEP, COWS, GOATS AND THE LIKE
"From countless numbers will be stolen their little children, and the throats of these shall be cut, and they shall be quartered most barbarously."
OF NUTS, OLIVES, ACORNS, CHESTNUTS, AND THE LIKE
"Many children shall be torn with pitiless beatings out of the very arms of their mothers, and flung upon the ground and then maimed."
OF CHILDREN WHO ARE WRAPPED IN SWADDLING BANDS
"O cities of the sea, I behold in you your citizens, women as well as men, tightly bound with stout bonds around their arms and legs by folk who will have no understanding of our speech; and you will only be able to give vent to your griefs and sense of loss of liberty by making tearful complaints, and sighs, and lamentation one to another; for those who bind you will not have understanding of your speech nor will you understand them."
OF CATS THAT EAT RATS
"In you, O cities of Africa! your own sons shall be seen torn to pieces within their own houses by most cruel and savage animals of your country."
OF ASSES WHICH ARE BEATEN
"O neglectful Nature, wherefore art thou thus partial, becoming to some of thy children a tender and benignant mother, to others a most cruel and ruthless stepmother? I see thy children given into slavery to others without ever receiving any benefit, and in lieu of any reward for the services they have done for them they are repaid by the severest punishments, and they constantly spend their lives in the service of their oppressor."
OF FUNERAL RITES AND PROCESSIONS AND LIGHTS AND BELLS AND FOLLOWERS
"The greatest honours and ceremonies shall be paid to men without their knowledge."
How Midjourney works
Midjourney's AI engine takes any verbal prompt and reflects its visual connotations
based on the online collective memory linked to the concepts included in that prompt.Every given verbal prompt triggers four alternative visual end-results.
The user can ask for more variations from each of these visuals.
Results can be manipulated by the user by adding visual commands to the prompt
such as color, texture, type, etc.
1) We kept Leonardo's sentences pure.
We did not add commands towards any color schemes or visual styles.
We kept the prophecies as they are.2) We did not let Midjourney know the answers.
We did not include the titles in our prompts to let Midjourney make
its own interpretations.3) We did not look for "right" results.
Once Midjourney imagined the first four visuals, we did not repeat
the prompt or ask for alternatives/variations.
We did not force the system for our understanding
of "better" or "more relevant" results.In short, all the visuals you see here
are the direct result of Leonardo's words via Midjourney.
Ismail O. Postalcioglu
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