Work behind the scenes

On Saturday morning I read two articles by Tommaso Venturini: one co-written with Bruno Latour. The co-written one, Fill in the gap, argues that, for the social sciences, “the advent of digital data poses a … challenge …  Micro-macro models have run their course. The time is now to develop the formal techniques necessary to…

Serendipity

The AISB held a conference on Serendipity at Strawberry Hill House in May. (Owing to pressure of work with The Portrait Machine, I have only just got round to blogging this.) Horace Walpole, who built the house and filled it with art objects, also introduced the term serendipity into the language. I went largely to…

Criticisms of generative and database art.

A very interesting talk at EVA 2017 from Jon McCormack. He discussed three criticisms of generative art: 1. ‘algorithmic genericism’: ‘works made with similar generative procedures – even by different artists – possess a certain generic and repetitive character.’ He used the Voronoi algorithm as an example of a technique which is becoming too familiar.…

On the experience economy

The experience economy is the name for “Pine and Gilmore’s (1999) assertion that the developed world was moving from a service- to an experience-based economy […which…] was based partly on their analysis of the growth of US leisure and tourism attractions, such as theme parks, concerts, cinema and sports events, which they found to outperform…