[NetBehaviour] (a question from algorithms) Re: Aljazeera and Koons?

James Morris james at jwm-art.net
Sun Aug 23 16:14:44 CEST 2015

Factories and algorithms and Jeff Koons probably evoke all sorts of images

I worked in factories for a number of years scraping a living. Some of 
them were bug ridden in the sense they never ran smoothly, the machines 
frequently broke down. Rain coming through the ceiling halted production 
where it landed on machines. And sometimes pigeons, rats, insects 
(bugs!) lived in the factory.

And I've coded alogrithms (non professionally) and worked to eliminate 
bugs in those alogorithms.

I would say a factory is more operating system than algorithm or maybe 
that is too far. Or more like a monolithic application that can do a 
number of tasks (unlike a modular application that can one task well), 
so it has a number of algorithms working together (supposedly!)


On 23/08/15 12:58, none wrote:
> A quick question?
> In this interview, JK talks about a factory of people working to produce
> His stuff. They seem to work by Knowing the Kind of stuff he'd do - and by
> the very fact they implement that knowledge under JK's supervision and
> finance, the objects are His.
> A question:
> Is it reasonable to claim that JK's factory operates according to a "JK
> algorithm" which procedurally generates objects that conform to that
> particular Algorithm's rules?
> Kind of going towards making an analogical link between a factory and an
> algorithm - in a generalised sense - hence a bit uneasy whether or not
> this analogy can hold water beyond a few reflective drops....
> Cheers and many thanks for any hints, rebukes, etc.. :)
> aharonon
> xx
> On Sat, August 22, 2015 8:02 pm, none wrote:
>> Hiyas,
>> Might interest, a somehow curious interview with JK:
>> http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/talktojazeera/2015/08/jeff-koons-high-
>> art-plain-extravagance-150820152940671.html
>> Reminded me a recent chat I have had, with a certain Berlin based
>> curator, who assured in no uncertain terms: "I Know these people [rulers of
>> Gulf states] are despots. They are not
>> very nice people. They have slaves and they are brutal towards any
>> opposition. They run lawless states where rules are arbitrary and many
>> people get hurt. They treat women worst than objects and are a bunch of
>> some of the worst people I can think of. HOWEVER, they give money to art!
>>   They think of art only in terms of money. With them, if I want to do a
>> project, we are talking hundreds of thousands of Euros, sometimes millions
>>   - not crumbs like 5k euros here and there. So.. Should I not work for
>> them??"
>> Mind, the person I spoke before that, told me about Mafia funded
>> galleries.. In some ways, it was a sort of preparation..
>> Should really stay clear from curiously looking openings in places am
>> clueless about.. ;)
>> Cheers and Have fun!!
>> ahar0n xx
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