Jason Jamerson (MFA, Production Design, ’19) has been working with recent A.I. networks such as DALL-E 2 and Midjourney to create concept art for theatre designs using artificial intelligence.
Jamerson recently spoke with The Theatre Times writer Michael Schweikardt on the opportunities, challenges, and strategies that these new technologies offer the world of theatre design.
“I am wholly satisfied with my ability to come up with a set design for a play that supports and empowers the director and the actors, creates a mood for the piece, and, when appropriate, provides a broader metaphorical visual frame for the show. So, what do I need Midjourney for? When I am in pursuit of those magical moments that come from the surprising combination of two ideas, or when a script problem and a novel visual approach harmoniously come together – when it all just clicks – well, that strange, heartbreaking synthesis shows up in Midjourney’s images quite frequently.”
Read more at The Theatre Times
Jason Jamerson is a scenic and production designer whose work has been seen on stage and film in New York and across the country for nearly twenty years. He is a Professor of Virtual Production and Immersive Media at Louisiana State University, where he holds a joint appointment in the School of Art and the School of Theatre, teaches classes related to production design, animation, game design, VFX, and digital asset creation; works collaboratively in the LED volume Virtual Film Studio, and pursues research related to computer simulations of digital environments for media and design practice. He is passionate about developing artists who explore authentic, driven storytelling and the rapidly changing toolset we use to create it, including digital technology, animation, game engines, virtual film studios, and A.I. His work can be found at www.instagram.com/jasonjamerson