[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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