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My Second Drawing Machine: Situationism, Play and Detournement

In the following statement I will demonstrate that I have used Situationism, and detournement as a qualitative research tool. In particular, I will evaluate the worthiness of Play as a method to create a work of Anti-Art, and to reflect on the Situationists International (SI) objective of instigating a re-evaluation of the relationship between art […]

Processing the Autistic World through Cybernetics Theory: Literature Review

Central to the entire discipline of human-computer interaction research is feedback. In recent years there has been an increasing interest in a theory of feedback called cybernetics. Borne of military might and technocratic authoritarianism (McNay, 1968) of Europe and America in the 1940’s, cybernetics has forgotten it’s shadowy past and is applied in areas of […]

‘Thinking in Pictures’: Processing the Autistic World through Cybernetics Theory

Research Proposal: ‘Thinking in Pictures’: Processing the Autistic World through Cybernetics Theory   Keywords: Social constructionism, Cybernetics, Autism, Software art, Collaboration   Abstract Scientists and engineers created the first images generated by computers in the late 1950’s. By the end of the 1960’s, inspired by system theory and cybernetics, artists collaborated with technicians in research […]

The rise and fall of computer art -1965- 1975

Frieder Nake. Image: ‘Although the cultural and social developments of the postwar to 1970s period have been well documented, analysis of the historic relationship between art and new technologies has generally been overlooked and the history is not well known. It is ironic then that early computer art, its origins in cybernetics and relationships […]

Computer Art and the Question of Authenticity: Finding a Hypothesis

The focus of this article concerns new models of collaborative authorship, unattainable outside computer generated art. Within this area I am particularly interested in questions of digital authenticity. This interest was initially in relation to Walter Benjamin’s concept, which argues that prior to the ‘age of mechanical reproduction’ the unique existence of a work of […]

Kuhn versus Popper

Computer Art and the Question of Authenticity: Applying a Research Method   In the following entry I intend to analyse whether the information discovered further to the lecture covering Popper and Kuhn are relevant to my developing research plan. The assessment of the philosophers statements can be divided in to 3 broad areas: Firstly, whether […]

Margaret Bodin – Authenticity and Computer Art

Margaret Boden opens her authoritative essay on computer art with, ‘it is often seen as inauthentic, even strictly impossible, because it lacks certain essential features of genuine art. For instance, it’s said that computers don’t have emotions; that any work of art is a human communication rooted in human experience; that computer art isn’t unique, […]