Artistic Genius? Jasper Johns’ Flag (1954)

In Critique of Judgement, Emmanuelle Kant argued the case for the artistic genius;[1]which is defined as a member of society with God-given talent, almost always male,[2]whose unacceptable behaviour may at times be excused, but who otherwise exhibits an extraordinary creative gift.[3] This article will reflect on two texts that discuss this concept of artistic genius in relation […]

Slaves Made Glasgow: A survey of Glasgow street names.

From 1740 to 1790, Glasgow was the leading entrepôt of tobacco in the world.[1] Many locations and street names in Glasgow celebrate the magnificent wealth building of early merchants, who took Glasgow from an insignificant Scottish town of barely a dozen streets, to a global trade dominion. Often overlooked however, is the near total reliance on slave […]

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 […]

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, […]

Bits in Motion

Early British Computer –Generated Art Film Program notes for an event held 07/03/2006 The event was supported by the London Centre for Arts and Cultural Enterprise, Birkbeck University of London and held in conjunction with the Computer Arts Society. The event was a screening of rare and little-known works from the beginnings of British computer […]