Janus Head

We asked four people that each have a history with drug abuse to share their experience while in a rehab journey. We took the best and worst bits from these altered real-life experiences and put them through an AI image generator. A pair of images are generated for each subject depicting the ecstasy and aftermath from their recollections. How accurately does AI capture the sentiment that words are trying to convey?

Lubovic, 31—DMT/Dimethyltryptamine

Bad

“Everything blended together and became mundane. I soldiered through the day locked in my own head consumed by my thoughts, completely numb to the outside.”

Good

“I was transported. Immediately. Faster than the flash of a camera. I was propelled through a tunnel of light, color and shapes until I burst out the other end and… there was god.”

Cryst, 39—Heroin 

Good

“It’s like the world around me melts away. I start hearing my heartbeat, my head gets real heavy—one look around and I surrender. As I shut my eyes, my whole reality is deconstructed and I’m gone. I just go inward to the warmest, kindest place of all.”

Bad

“Coming back is very hard. I always came to with a chemical taste in my mouth and a splitting headache. It’s already very difficult to accept that you are back, but it’s not as bad as before—it’s worse. Each time I ran away from the demons in my head, I was just adding another one.”

Deep and unexplainable sadness. Dreading interaction and just wanting to be alone wallowing in melancholy

Jörg, 44—Cocaine

Bad

“It was a constant obsession. Repeated thoughts of doing it there and then. Before brushing my teeth, on the coffee machine, in every bathroom I went in—wedding or funeral, it didn’t matter. Life became a series of insurmountable walls without a bump.”

Good

“Make room, star coming through. Levitating, not walking. Supreme confidence and self assuredness. It’s like discovering your true self and absolutely loving it. Sharp too. Imagine doing your job extremely well and quickly, all while being on cloud nine.”

 

Vanya, 26—MDMA/Ecstasy

Good

“I feel it coming because my chest gets really warm. It’s like my heart is preparing to ooze out love. In that moment, light caresses my eyes and music soothes my ears. A wave of affection and gratitude washes over me. Like throwing gasoline on the passion within you.”

Bad

“Deep and unexplainable sadness. Dreading interaction and just wanting to be alone wallowing in melancholy. I’d know full well that my life was in the exact same place as the day before, but for some reason, I couldn’t shake off the gloom and heartache.”

Data Humanism - Refik Anadol

Be part of our

community

Explore art, photography and design that inspires you. Discover new artists,
follow your favorites and connect with the creative community.

Tatiana Wolska: Leisure As Resistance

Tatiana Wolska: Leisure As Resistance

In her latest solo exhibition, Wolska has turned these potentially polluting materials into a series of captivating artworks. Taking place at Midlands Arts Centre in Birmingham, Wolska’s first UK solo exhibition, Leisure As Resistance, showcases sculptures, drawings, an enormous mural and a makeshift hut.

ECSTASY IN THE EYE OF THE ARTIST

ECSTASY IN THE EYE OF THE ARTIST

As opposed to the oppressive obligation of being, “ex-stasis” is being outside oneself and the world. An emotion, a feeling, that, like all things relegated to the irrational universe, cannot be explained to those who do not experience it. Yet there is perhaps a hope for an insight, for an identification, a moment of common resonance, which is to stand before a work of art and be overwhelmed by emotional sharing.