• Bastian Hosan
  • 28.10.2023

What can we learn about Generative AI, Julian van Dieken?

There has been no topic talked about as much this year as artificial intelligence. However, how companies can implement it in everyday life often fell short – and especially how. Julian van Dieken explains it at our future conference.

Sure, no one can get around artificial intelligence (AI) right now. Good thing! Because the tools that are hitting the market every day have the potential to dramatically disrupt our work world. Or are doing it already. In recent months, Julian van Dieken has made a name for himself by using these tools for art. In doing so, he takes us into a world that does not exist – and that should still interest every one of us. At our future conference, the SpaceWalk Talks, Julian will give you an insight into how AI is already turning our (work) lives upside down and will continue to do so. This is what he says about his panel:

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Almost everyone has seen this picture, but how are works like this created and why is it an important skill to know for the future? This AI artist will provide an answer to the actual question at the SpaceWalk Talks 2023 in Mainz. Photo: Julian van Dieken

robotspaceship: You give people insights into worlds that don't even exist with your AI art. What can the guests expect to learn from you at SpaceWalk Talks 2023?

Julian van Dieken: I will show that AI tools are a feature with which one can create something creative. I know it sounds a bit banal at first glance. But it's not. Because we are experiencing that programs supported by artificial intelligence are currently revolutionizing all industries and all areas. That means: One must adjust to this. It doesn’t just happen on its own.

How does it happen then?

Of course, it's a matter of curiosity. But also a question of courage. It's probably the case that the results are not necessarily so usable when you use programs like Midjourney for the first time. This means that one can quickly come under justification pressure as to why one is doing this now.

And why should we?

Because even in a professional context, we must approach things playfully and experimentally, because we must try things out and because we must familiarize ourselves with the world that is currently emerging.


We are currently discussing how we get into the future. And I am just a fan of doing that in a practical way. We should consider, what does that mean concretely?

How do you mean that?

Well, to achieve a certain result, we must ask ourselves which tools we use for it. This can be seen very concretely: If I want to generate a certain look, I use a specific tool, experiment with prompts, and test what happens.

But it can also be seen very generally: The exploratory playfulness that I use in my work, we must also use in a large scale in dealing with future technologies.

How can that look?

I as an individual can take time for it and learn. But it can also be controlled by companies, which then – for example – introduce a format every other Friday where new technologies are presented and tested. But it can also be more professional, that companies found their own departments for it. If one is big enough, it can then look like a startup within the company, which deals specifically with it.

And why should companies do that?

Because in this way one can really change something in the long term and develop new business models and new structures.

When testing AI tools?

It's less about AI tools per se, but rather about learning how to implement new things in companies. In my work, it's not about the tool itself, it's about the content of my pictures and their message. We must learn to consider what we actually want and then select the tools accordingly. And not the other way around. Right now, we tend to let the developers of the tools dictate what we should do with them.

That fits well with your work.

Exactly. It's always about empowering people to educate themselves and use digital future technologies. Now it's the AI tools.

How do you proceed?

I always try to create purpose-free spaces alongside my professional spaces. That's how I keep myself future-proof. I take a space where I test – without any pressure. My project "Julian AI-Art" emerged from this and is basically the complete fulfillment of this thesis. And that's exactly what I want to pass on to the guests at the SpaceWalk Talks.

Who is Julian van Dieken?

The creator of the "Merkel and Obama on the beach" pictures. With his art, he manages to draw national attention to the topic of generative AI. His pictures hang in museums, and they are discussed in Die Zeit, Der Spiegel, and the heute Show. Julian van Dieken's main topic is "Artificial Intelligence in the Creative Sector". He gives workshops for companies on this topic. He deals with the future of learning, digital tools, and digital education in daycare, schools, and universities. Van Dieken is a co-founder of the Waterkant Academy, which develops and offers further education, blended learning, and eLearning for daycare professionals.



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Bastian Hosen is a business journalist and content consultant. He was trained at the German School of Journalism. Before starting his own business, he worked at Business Punk and Capital.

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