Month: October 2011

The R Cultural Analytics Library

I have gathered together much of the code from my series of posts on Exploring Art Data as a library for the R programming language which is now available as a package on R-Forge: will be adding more code to the library over time. It's very easy to install, just enter the following into an…
Posted in Aesthetics, Art Computing, Art Open Data, Projects

The Aesthetic Seance

Aesthetics in the visual arts is ultimately the evaluation of qualia under a given theory of value. Qualia are irreducible aesthetic experiences or feelings that we have no power of introspection over. They cannot be studied materialistically through scientific naturalism. [1]Qualia are therefore supernatural.Supernatural entities can be summoned and given expression in the material world…
Posted in Aesthetics, Satire

Werewolf Fiction. You’re doing it wrong.

Werewolf fiction lacks the confidence of Vampire fiction. Vampire fiction is novel, reflexive, indexical, and complete. It is novel because vampirism is unprecendented in both the social and personal realities of its characters. It is reflexive because it is about the condition of vampirism qua vampirism as its subject. It is indexical because the condition…
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Art Text Data Analysis 2 – Themes And Topics

Discovering ThemesProbabilistic Topic ModelsTopic Modelling ToolboxMALLET (and a good example of using it)
Posted in Art Open Data

Art Text Data Analysis 1

Network Analysis and the Art Market: Goupil 1880 - 1895 [PDF]Wyndham Lewis's Art Criticism in The Listener, 1946-51Tools For Exploring TextAuto Converting Project Gutenberg Text to TEI
Posted in Art History, Art Open Data

Open Art Data – Datasets Update

Here's a new OGL-licenced list of works in the UK government's art collection, scraped for a Culture Hack Day - The JISC OpenART Project is making good progress and considering which ODC licence to use. It should be both a great resource and a great case study - I've mentioned it before but this Seattle…
Posted in Art, Art History, Art Open Data

Exploring Art Data 23

Having written a command-line interface (CLI), we will now write a graphical user interface (GUI). GUIs can be an effective way of managing the complexity of software, but their disadvantage is that they usually cannot be effectively scripted like CLI applications and that they usually cannot be extended or modified as simply or as deeply…
Posted in Art Computing, Art Open Data, Free Software

Digital Evaluation Of The Humanities

Humanities Computing dates back to the use of mainframe computers with museum catalogues in the 1950s. The first essays on Humanities Computing appeared in academic journals in the 1960s, the first conventions on the subject (and the Icon programming language) emerged in the 1970s, and ChArt was founded in the 1980s. But it isn't until…
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Exploring Art Data 22

So far we have used the R REPL to run code. Let's write a script that provides a command-line interface for the plotting code we have just written. A command-line interface allows the code to be called via the terminal, and to be called from shell scripts. This is useful for exploratory coding and for…
Posted in Art Computing, Art Open Data

Digital Parapsychology

The (quasi-)scientific investigation of paranormal phenomena is a category error. Paranormality is qualitative affect, not quantitative effect. To the extent that it has physical effects these are not physically caused.Seeking to reduce the numinosity of the paranormal to number is a mistake. It should be experienced, it should be retold, it should resonate.But decades of…
Posted in Art Computing, Satire