Month: April 2004

Art And Fear

Virillio's back and he's got the caps lock key working again. He's also got the benefit of a readable translation this time. It's strange to think that "Art and Fear" was written before September 11th. The Midlantic Tachyon Projectors are as nothing compared to the Chunnel ones..."Art and Fear" is the closest I've read to…
Posted in Aesthetics

Computer Arts Society

The CAS is restarting. See the homepage at the BCA, or contact [email protected] (the name given out on flyers at the Harold Cohen talk).
Posted in Generative Art

Harold Cohen Talk Last Night At The Tate

Harold Cohen gave a good talk, and a good Q&A session afterwards (including fielding questions from Huw Jones from the Landsdowne Centre For Electronic Arts and Dave Bausola from Ixi). I managed to meet Harold and briefly say hello beforehand.I can't do justice to the talk in a weblog entry, so it's fortunate that a…
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Open Clip Art

Via Creative Commons, the Open Clip Art project from art is horrible. Here's an opportunity to change that... :-)
Posted in Free Culture

On “Language”

(From a discussion on Aesthetics-L)The existence of a penumbra does not cause light and dark to wink outof existence. Ordinary language philosophy's obsession with edge-casesfills lonely evenings but ignores the break-out strategy of*generating* language.I don't know what the opposite of bootstrapping is (self-obviating?),but linguistic arguments regarding the limit of language have anobvious and fatal flaw,…
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Generative Philosophy

Looking at Bayesian-filter-busting spam email, I had an idea. Train a genetic algorithm to make Markov chains. Train the chain on Project Gutenberg's philosophical texts. Train a spam filter on the same texts. Then evolve philosophical texts, evaluating them by keeping the ones that the filter catches.Generative philosophy...
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…And What I Use

Inspired by the animators, I've taken to using red & blue 0.5mm propellor pencil leads from Pentel along with Staedtler Marsmicro 0.5mms for light sketches, and red, blue & black Sanford Peel-Offs for heavier work. Mirado Black Warriors are good on smooth paper, but I prefer Derwent Sketching pencils for rougher paper (sketchbooks rather than…
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Materials Fetishism Two: Phallic Symbols

Pencils seen used by animators in documentaries on Disney, Pixar, and The Simpsons:(Tuscan Red?) Berol Verithin Staedtler Mars LumographSanford Black Peel-Off China Marker (!) Yep, Glen Keane...Mirado Black WarriorMirado YellowThe lead pencils often have coloured erasers on the end, even those with integral erasers.
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Interesting Project Gutenberg Texts

Leonardo's Notebooks Psychology of Beauty Hopes And Fears For Art Aesthetic As A Science... The Tractatus
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I've started trying to read "Aesthetic Theory". I suspect it's a bad translation, because the introduction is as unreadable as the main text, possibly even less so. Like recent Virilio translations...There's a critique of the book on that mistakenly believes Adorno's musical biases to be "the intellectual equivalent of white flight", whereas in fact…
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