Melbourne, Australia – The Melbourne Writers Festival has teamed up with creative agency TBWA\Melbourne to launch a new campaign which aims to develop a collection of AI artwork, created by inputting humanity’s most imaginative writing, word for word, into AI. 

The art project campaign arrives following the launch of AI Mid Journey, an AI bot that turns written prompts into artwork. The technology has initiated an intense worldwide debate on what AI-generated imagery means for the future of art. 

To create the unique art pieces, passages from classic works of literature from literary icons Mary Shelley, Herman Melville, H.G. Wells, Bram Stoker and George Orwell were inserted verbatim into the AI Mid Journey. Each breathtaking visual stands as a timely reminder of the enduring power of the written word.

Casselly Main, marketing and communications manager at Melbourne Writers Festival, said, “This year’s festival is all about ambition and this campaign is the perfect encapsulation. We’re ecstatic about the response the images had at the festival. Even though most of these books were written over a hundred years ago, their words continue to inspire today.” 

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for TBWA\Melbourne commented, “Like most of the industry, when we first saw Mid Journey, we experienced a momentary existential crisis. “What does this mean for creativity? Is it now out of human hands?” The short answer is no, far from it.”

They added, “AI like Mid Journey are an incredible creative tool. Even in the past weeks, we’ve seen huge leaps in visualisation, composition and lighting. But our partnership with the Melbourne Writers Festival shows the strength of beautiful writing — past, present and future.”

The campaign was launched in conjunction with the Melbourne Writers Festival appearing in OOH and digital. In addition, illustrated e-books of the classic novels, featuring further AI interpretations, are planned for release in the coming months. 

Singapore – #BuySingLit, a local-based movement aimed at promoting local literature, has appointed The Hoffman Agency as its official agency partner, effective 4 October. 

The Hoffman Agency will be responsible in strategizing and and overseeing #BuySingLit’s rebranding from a two-weekend campaign to a year-long program, including branding, creative guidelines, marketing activations, and counsel on media placement.

They will also be responsible for furthering the cause of celebrating stories from Singapore; advocating homegrown book publishers, retailers and literary non-profits to encourage more people to discover and embrace Singapore’s literature. 

#BuySingLit continues with its advocacy of ‘Buy Local, Read Our World’ where homegrown book publishers, retailers and literary non-profits come together to encourage more people to discover and embrace Singapore’s literature.

“The #BuySingLit committee is delighted to welcome Hoffman on board as our official PR, Media and Creative Agency. As a movement supported by a diverse range of industry players, we look forward to wider media outreach and deeper relationships in the coming year. Readers can look forward to more exciting updates coming soon,” said Chong Lingying, manager of Asiapac Books and member of the #BuySingLit Marketing Module.

Maureen Tseng, general manager for Singapore at The Hoffman Agency, commented that they are excited with bringing #BuySingLit’s initiative alive through a 360-degree integrated communications campaign, cutting across PR, media and creative outreach.

“Hoffman is proud to partner with #BuySingLit to raise awareness of the breadth and depth of local literary talent in Singapore. The Hoffman Agency’s mantra of storytelling is completely aligned with what this movement stands for – creating an inclusive, diverse and vibrant community of Singapore Literature lovers,” Tseng said..

The Hoffman Agency has recently won various accounts in Asia-Pacific this year, including of Microsoft HK for PR duties and Shutterstock for communications.