Music Video: Autumn in Helsinki

Muax - Autumn in Helsinki

From the album The Dictator Is Coming

I have never been to Helsinki, and I don’t know if I will ever get there. Yet, I am certain that I would love Helsinki. During the recording sessions (there was no title yet, just the basic idea), a mood emerged that the music captured, and thus the concept of autumn in Helsinki formed in my mind.

To illustrate the piece, I wished for images of autumn in Helsinki from around 30 of the best painters of the last 50 years. More precisely, I asked an AI. A simple question: Generate paintings of Helsinki’s skyline at sunset in autumn in the style of…

Gerhard Richter, David Hockney, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Anselm Kiefer, Cindy Sherman, Ai Weiwei, Yayoi Kusama, Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Kerry James Marshall, Jenny Saville, Damien Hirst, Christopher Wool, Luc Tuymans, Julie Mehretu, Marlene Dumas, Peter Doig, Richard Prince, Chuck Close, Neo Rauch, Cecily Brown, John Currin, Kara Walker, Elizabeth Peyton, Mark Bradford, Georg Baselitz, Richard Serra, Frank Stella, Nan Goldin, Titus Kaphar, Tracey Emin, Kehinde Wiley, Wangechi Mutu, Barbara Kruger, Mickalene Thomas.

The AI sent many images, and I mixed them all together. Which artist’s style each piece emulates remains my secret. Enjoy the virtual autumn in Helsinki.