Cave Paintings for the AI: Art in the Age of Singularity

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Abstract

In this article, I discuss the possible futures of art and aesthetic experience in the age of non-human agency, machine learning and artificial intelligence. I approach my subject from the point of view of artistic research asking: how will the dawning Singularity experience art, and how could artists take this into account while making art today. First, I will give an outline of the transhuman condition and the theory of Singularity. I’ll present some examples of how biological bodies are merging with technological ones. I then present some previous examples how the theme has been approached in artists previously. I move to suggesting different theoretical tools that might help us in our task and suggest ways to negotiate between living and non-living experience. I present an artistic process of Brains on Art collective and describe a Machine Spectator we are building and some future ideas for the project. Finally, I present some ontological aspects of the machine that have been highlighted during the project.
Original languageEnglish
JournalElectronic Workshops in Computing
Publication statusPublished - 17 Sep 2018
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventPolitics of the Machines: Art and After - IT University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 15 May 201817 May 2018
Conference number: 1
http://www.eva-copenhagen.dk/
http://www.eva-copenhagen.dk

Keywords

  • artificial intelligence
  • transhumanism
  • posthumanism
  • Artistic research
  • aesthetic experience
  • machine learning

Field of art

  • Contemporary art

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