Digital Art Themes : Artificial Intelligent Agents

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AI vs. AI. Two chatbots talking to each other

Facebook’s Data Pool

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You have all the rights to deliver your personal data from Facebook’s Data Pool. Does that make me happy? No, I have more fears now.

Link : http://europe-v-facebook.org/EN/Data_Pool/data_pool.html

 

VA533 Art Culture Technology – Technological Determinism vs Cultural Materialism

posted by on 2011.11.02, under VA533 Art Culture Technology
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Here are VA533 students’ papers for your interest. The papers argue on the topic of Technological Determinism vs Cultural Materialism.

Michelia Kramer

Can Gunes

Servet Ulas

Derya Kitapciyan

Doruk Turkmen

Cem Sina Cetin

Eoin Halpin

VA533 Week 6 – Digital Aesthetics (links)

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Here are some digital artists/artworks for our interest.




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7HMz1WKkso

Additional Links

http://www.ted.com/talks/benoit_mandelbrot_fractals_the_art_of_roughness.html
http://tale-of-tales.com/TheGraveyard/

VA533 Art Culture Technology

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The advent of new technologies has sometimes been accompanied by announcements of the end of art. Conversely, it has been argued that technologies have been invented in order to provide a means of apparently satisfying a demand which has been generated by art. This course will review these various conceptualisations of the relations and perhaps non-relations between art and technology. As the goals of art have shifted or redefined, the relations between art and culture have also altered. The course will therefore consider these shifts too in order to arrive at a better understanding of the stakes of the practice and the criticism of art today.

References:

Books

–    Culture & Technology, Andrew Murphie and John Potts Palgrave Macmillan (2003)
–    Digital Art, Christine Paul – Thames & Hudson (2003)
–    Technology Matters, David E. Nye – MIT Press (2007)
–    Infotopia, Cass R. Sunstein – Oxford University Press (2006
–    Embodied Technics, Don Ihde – Automatic Press (2010)
–    Philosophy of Technology : An Introduction, Don Ihde – Paragon Press (1993)
–    The Question Concerning Tecnology and Other Essays, Martin Heidegger – Harper & Row Publishers (1977)
–    Philosophy of Technology : The Technical Condition An Anthology – Blackwell Publishing (2003)

Documentaries

–    Are We Digital Dummies? CBC TV 2010
–    Shock of the New – The Powers That Be – BBC by Robert Hughes 1980
–    Shock of the New – Trouble in Utopia  – BBC by Robert Hughes 1980
–    Shock of the New – The Mechanical Paradise – BBC by Robert Hughes 1980
–    Shock of the New – Culture as Nature – BBC by Robert Hughes 1980
–    Hollow Laughter – This Is Modern Art (1999)
–    Krautrock – The Rebirth of Germany – Director Ben Whalley
–    Synt Britannia at the BBC – Director Ben Whalley – Duration
–    The Mind of Google (2009) Leave Me Alone CNBC TV 2010
–    Cracking The Colour Code – The Making of Colour
–    BBC Visions of the Future – The Biotech Revolution 2007 – BBC
–    BBC Visions of the Future – The Intelligence Revolution 2007 – BBC
–    The Art of Germany – Dream and Machine – BBC
–    The Art of Germany – In the Shadow of Hitler – BBC
–    Art Safari Relational Art – Is It An Ism – Ben Lewis BBC Four 2004
–    Superhuman – Spare Parts (2001) – BBC – 2001
–    Art Shock – Is Bad Art for Bad People BBC
–    How Art Made the World – The Day Pictures Were Born – BBC
–    How Art Made the World – The Art of Persuasion – BBC

Films

–    Frankenstein  (1931) Director : James Whale
–    The Alien (1979) Director : Ridley Scott
–    The Terminator (1984) Director : James Cameron
–    Blade Runner (1982) Director : Ridley Scott
–    Solaris (1972) Director: Andrey Tarkovskiy
–    The Fly (1986) Director: David Cronenberg
–    2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Director : Stanley Kubrick
–    The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) Director : Robert Wise
–    The Matrix (1999) Directors: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
–    Forbidden Planet (1956) Director: Fred M. Wilcox
–    Star Wars (1977) Director: George Lucas
–    Bicentennial Man (1999) Director: Chris Columbus
–    Westworld (1973) Director: Michael Crichton
–    Metropolis (1927) Director: Fritz Lang
–    Planet of the Apes (1968) Director : Franklin J. Schaffner

Schedule

Week 1: Introduction: ‘Culture’ and ‘Technology’ (Sep 28,2011)

Readings:
1) Introduction: ‘Culture’ and ‘Technology’

♣    What is Technology?
♣    What is Technique?
♣    What is Culture?
♣    Culture/Technology

From the Book: Culture & Technology, Andrew Murphie and John Potts Palgrave Macmillan 2003 (p01-10)

Documentary Viewing :

1) Are We Digital Dummies? CBC TV 2010 – Duration : 46 minutes
2) How Art Made the World – The Day Pictures Were Born – BBC – Duration : 59 min (excerpts)
3) How Art Made the World – The Art of Persuasion – BBC – Duration : 59 min (excerpts)

Week 2) Theoretical Frameworks

Readings:
1) Theoretical Frameworks

♣    Technological Determinisim
♣    Cultural Materialism
♣    Machinic Thought

From the Book: Culture & Technology, Andrew Murphie and John Potts Palgrave Macmillan 2003 (p11-38)

Documentary Viewing :

1) The Mind of Google (2009)LeaveMeAlone CNBC TV 2010 – Duration : 43 minutes
2) Shock of the New – Trouble in Utopia  – BBC by Robert Hughes 1980

Week 3)  Cultural Uniformity, or Diversity

Readings:
1) Cultural Uniformity, or Diversity

From the Book: Technology Matters, David E. Nye – MIT Press 2007 (p67-87)

Documentary Viewing :
1) Shock of the New – The Mechanical Paradise – BBC by Robert Hughes 1980

Week 4) Art and Technology

Readings:
1) Art and Technology

♣    The Modern
♣    The Futurists
♣    The Constructivists
♣    Machine Modernism – Automobiles
♣    Postmodern media art
♣    Technology in music

From the Book: Culture & Technology, Andrew Murphie and John Potts Palgrave Macmillan 2003 (p39-63)

Documentary Viewing :

1) Hollow Laughter – This Is Modern Art (1999)
2) Shock of the New – Culture as Nature – BBC by Robert Hughes 1980
3) Shock of the New – The Powers That Be – BBC by Robert Hughes 1980
4) Krautrock – The Rebirth of Germany – Director Ben Whalley – Duration : 60 minutes

Week 5) Digital Aesthetics & Digital Art

Readings:
1) Digital Aesthetics : Cultural Effects of New Media Technologies

♣    Autorship, intellectual property and technology
♣    The digital, the future and the past

From the Book: Culture & Technology, Andrew Murphie and John Potts Palgrave Macmillan 2003 (p66-90)

2) Digital Art

♣    A Short History of Technology and Art
♣    The Presentation, Collection and Preservation of Digital Art

From the Book: Digital Art, Christine Paul – Thames & Hudson 2003 (p07-27)

3) Relational Aesthetics

From Relational Aesthetics – Nicolas Bourriaud (1998)

Documentary Viewing :

1) Cracking The Colour Code – The Making of Colour
2) Art Safari Relational Art – Is It An Ism – Ben Lewis BBC Four 2004

Week 6)  Themes in Digital Art

Readings:

1) Themes in Digital Art

♣    Artificial life
♣    Artificial Intelligence and intelligent agents
♣    Telepresence, telematics and telerobotics
♣    Body and Identity
♣    Database, daya visualization, and mapping
♣    Beyond the book: texy and narrative environments
♣    Gaming
♣    Tactical media, activisim and hacktivisim
♣    Technologies of the future

From the Book: Digital Art, Christine Paul – Thames & Hudson 2003 (p139-216)

Week 7) Science Fictions

Readings:
1) Science Fictions

♣    The beginnings of science fiction : Frankenstein
♣    Robots
♣    Utopias and dystopias

From the Book: Culture & Technology, Andrew Murphie and John Potts Palgrave Macmillan 2003 (p95-112)

Film Viewing : Excerpts from the Below List

–    Frankenstein  (1931) Director : James Whale
–    The Alien (1979) Director : Ridley Scott
–    The Terminator (1984) Director : James Cameron
–    Blade Runner (1982) Director : Ridley Scott
–    Solaris (1972) Director: Andrey Tarkovskiy
–    The Fly (1986) Director: David Cronenberg
–    2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Director : Stanley Kubrick
–    The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) Director : Robert Wise
–    The Matrix (1999) Directors: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
–    Forbidden Planet (1956) Director: Fred M. Wilcox
–    Star Wars (1977) Director: George Lucas
–    Bicentennial Man (1999) Director: Chris Columbus
–    Westworld (1973) Director: Michael Crichton
–    Metropolis (1927) Director: Fritz Lang
–    Planet of the Apes (1968) Director : Franklin J. Schaffner

Week 8) Cyborgs : the Body, Information and Technology

Readings:
1) Cyborgs : the Body, Information and Technology

♣    Donna Harraway’s Cyborg
♣    From Postmodern to Posthuman
♣    Matherial immorality and ‘genethics’

From the Book: Culture & Technology, Andrew Murphie and John Potts Palgrave Macmillan 2003 (p115-137)

Documentary Viewing :

1) Visions of the Future – The Biotech Revolution (2007) – BBC
2) Superhuman – Spare Parts (2001) – BBC – 2001

Film Viewing :

1) Moon – 2009
2) Gattaca – Director : Andrew Niccol – 1997

Week 9) Technology, Thought and Consciousness

Readings:

1) Philosophy of Technology : An Introduction

From the Book: Philosophy of Technology : An Introduction, Don Ihde – Paragon Press 1993 (p03-46)

2) Technology, Thought and Consciousness

♣    Consciousness
♣    Technology affects thought
♣    Heidegger and ‘The Question Concerning Tecnology’

From the Book: Culture & Technology, Andrew Murphie and John Potts Palgrave Macmillan 2003 (p142-167)

3) Expanding Consciousness, or Encapsulation

From the Book: Technology Matters, David E. Nye – MIT Press 2007 (p185-209)

4) The Question Concerning Tecnology, Martin Heidegger – Harper & Row Publishers (1977)

From the Book: The Question Concerning Tecnology and Other Essays, Martin Heidegger – Harper & Row Publishers (1977) (p03-36)

Additional Readings

1) Heidegger’s Philosophy of Technology

From the Book: Philosophy of Technology : The Technical Condition An Anthology, Chapter 25 -Don Ihde – Blackwell Publishing (2003) (p277-292)

Documentary Viewing :

1) The Art of Germany – Dream and Machine – BBC

Week 10) Getting Wired: War, Commerce and the Nation-State

Readings:

1) Getting Wired: War, Commerce and the Nation-State

♣    Sovereignty and technical control
♣    War, technology and the question of control
♣    Control, complexity and computing
♣    The network and the fate of the nation-state

From the Book: Culture & Technology, Andrew Murphie and John Potts Palgrave Macmillan 2003 (p169-188)

2) More Security, or Escalating Dangers

From the Book: Technology Matters, David E. Nye – MIT Press 2007 (p67-87)

Documentary Viewing :

1) The Art of Germany – In the Shadow of Hitler – BBC

Week 11) The Intelligence Revolution

Readings

1) Information and Reality at the Turn of the Century

From the Book: Philosophy of Technology : The Technical Condition An Anthology, Chapter 47 – Information and Reality at the Turn of the Century – Albert Borgmann – Blackwell Publishing (2003) (p571-577)

Documentary Viewing :

1) BBC Visions of the Future – The Intelligence Revolution 2007 – BBC

Week 12)  Work : More, or Less? Better, or Worse?

Readings:

1) Work : More, or Less? Better, or Worse?

From the Book: Technology Matters, David E. Nye – MIT Press 2007 (p109-135)

Week 13)  Embodied Technics

Readings:

1) Technofantasies and Embodiment

From the Book: Embodied Technics, Don Ihde – Automatic Press 2010 (p01-15)

2) IT : Clouds and Cyberspace-Time

From the Book: Embodied Technics, Don Ihde – Automatic Press 2010 (p70-84)

Week 14)  Many Working Minds: Wikis, Open Source Software, and Blogs

Readings:

1) Many Working Minds: Wikis, Open Source Software, and Blogs and Embodiment

♣    Wikis, Wikipedia, Flu Wiki and Beyond
♣    Open Source Software
♣    Blogs
♣    Creative Futures for Many Minds

From the Book: Infotopia, Cass R. Sunstein – Oxford University Press 2006 (p147-197)

Grading Policy

1) Paper Assignments

1) Criticism on a concurrent Art Exhibition
2) Film analysis
3) Concept development for an Art Project

2) Quiz Assignments

Weekly short quizes to test your evaluation

3) Final Assignment

Final Paper : Theme to be developed further along the course

Papers each :     10% x 3 = 30%
Quiz :        20%
Participation :    20%
Final :        30%

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