In the sauna with Angela Merkel: AI is reminiscent of chancellorship

Angela Merkel as the AI ​​Midjourney draws her according to Severin Tatarczyk's prompts.
Is everything only half as bad? Since researching his AI project on Angela Merkel, blogger Severin Tatarczyk has come to a milder verdict on the ex-Chancellor’s political activities. (Image: Midjourney / S.Tatarczyk)

The blogger Severin Tatarcyk reviews Angela Merkel’s chancellorship in expressive images – the trick: the memories of the politician’s life and work were generated by an AI.


How do we remember 16 years of Angela Merkel? In view of the great political challenges of recent times, the political figure of the CDU Chancellor, who was still omnipresent at the time, quickly receded into the background. From the scrappage bonus to the economic crisis to the corona pandemic, however, there were numerous stations in Merkel’s long chancellorship that had a great impact on Germany and its residents.

So that the political directions, great moments and sometimes also controversial decisions of the Angela Merkel era do not fade in the collective memory, the blogger and AI enthusiast Severin Tatarczyk had the artificial intelligence mid-journey stations of the term of office and the private life of ex-Chancellor Merkel impressively illustrated .

With the Corona pandemic, the outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel was given a truly exciting finale to her long term in office in 2020 and 2021. (Image: Midjourney / S.Tatarczyk)

The Merkel years in retrospect – Midjourney makes it possible

One more graphic created by Tatarczyk using Midjourney has appeared every day since the series started. And in fact, the creator of the project puts it on record that the necessary preoccupation with Angela Merkel’s political work and legacy changed his view of the years between 2005 and 2021:

“My perspective on Merkel’s chancellorship was initially very negative, because I see her as a great preventer and avoider. But I have to admit that looking back has softened my view of her.” explains Tatarczyk and also reveals to DIGITAL TELEVISION how the project “365 Days of Merkel” has come about.

The start of the series: As the image number 1 in the series by Severin Tatarczyk, generated with the help of Midjourney, clearly shows, the blogger’s image of the chancellor had not been particularly positive until then. (Image: Midjourney / S.Tatarczyk)

The idea for the Merkel project came to me in a discussion on twitter – it occurred to me that many aspects of your chancellorship have already been forgotten: scrappage bonus, many aspects of the financial crisis and, for example, the wiretapping scandal by the USA. Or who remembers that she was IT administrator at the new forum, missed the fall of the wall in the sauna or was environment minister under Kohl.

In the sauna with Angie: This is how Midjourney traces the moment when Angela Merkel sweats almost a historic moment. (Image: Midjourney / S.Tatarczyk)

So began on October 14, stimulated also by emerging Text 2 Image AIs like Midjourney the 365 Days Merkel Project: For each day a new image created with the AI, which visualizes an aspect of Merkel’s life, chancellorship and person.”

Severin Tatarczyk: This is the creator of the AI ​​project

The 51 year old Tatarczyk was already active on the internet during his law studies and during the first phase of the new economy in the 1990s. Since then he has been advising companies on new online-based processes and business models as well as private individuals on reputation management. But his real passion is writing, primarily on his blog. And that’s how he came up with Midjourney, which for him is the ideal solution for creating suitable illustrations for articles apart from stock photos.



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