[NetBehaviour] New Article/Review - Data-Driven Artists And Their Critics
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Thu Nov 21 13:19:02 CET 2013
Data-Driven Artists And Their Critics
Features Jonas Lund & Shardcore…
By Rob Myers.
Making art specified by a computer program is nothing new but artists
using Big Data and Open Data are changing its relationship to artworld
production. Can such software really replace artists, and if so are art
critics any safer? Jonas Lund's "The Fear Of Missing Out" (2013) and
Shardcore's generative art may hold some of the answers.
"Art fabricated by an artist following a computer-generated
specification is nothing new. Prior to modern 2D and 3D printing
techniques, transcribing a computer generated design into paint or metal
by hand was the only way to present artworks that pen plotters or CNC
mills couldn't capture. But a Tamagotchi-gamer or Amazon Mechanical
Turk-style human servicing of machine agency where a program dictates
the conception of an artwork for a human artist to realize also has a
history. The principles involved go back even further to the use of
games of chance and other automatic techniques in Dada and Surrealism."
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