Month: December 2015


Operationalizing curation, after a presentation by the excellent Mohammad Salemy. The source codeĀ uses's API to find and rank similar artists and extract their shared themes. Here's an example: Andy Warhol Show Themes 2000-present (29), United States (26), Painting (26), Popular Culture (19), Appropriation (18), Contemporary Pop (16), Mixed-Media (14), Cultural Commentary (13), Human Figure…
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Shareable Readymades At “Common Property”

Antonio Roberts, Dead Copyright, 2015. Courtesy the artist. Jerwood Encounters: Common Property 15 JANUARY - 21 FEBRUARY 2016 EDWIN BURDIS/ HANNAH KNOX/ ROB MYERS/ OWEN G. PARRY/ ANTONIO ROBERTS/ SUPERFLEX Curated by Hannah Pierce, Jerwood Encounters: Common Property seeks to demonstrate how artists engage with and relate to copyright through the work of six emerging…
Posted in 3D Printing, Art, Projects, Shows

Back To WordPress

I've moved back to WordPress from Jekyll for this blog. For a resource heavy site with 2000+ posts I couldn't get the deploy time down to less than 25 seconds (from over three minutes when I was using templates and plugins badly). There's also the cognitive load of running commands through bundle and some outstanding…
Posted in Projects

The Fractality Of Discourse

Texts exist in discursive space They contain other texts as quotations and references, self-similar scaled copies. Major texts are attractors in this space. Some are singularities that neither light nor heat can escape. Others are strange attractors that draw endless asymptotic vacillation. It's the fractality of discourse. (After the 1992 original.)
Posted in Aesthetics

Ethereum Art Ecosystem

(Sketch from June 2015, unpublished until now.) The Blockchain is an obvious medium for storing titles to property beyond currency. This includes property titles for artworks, particularly digital artworks. But there is nothing smart about using smart contracts for that. Rather than seeking to bring the failings of DRM to the blockchain, we should seek…
Posted in Crypto

The Entropy Man

D16 Hex Dice by Saharasav licensed Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International. "The Dice Man" by Luke Rhinehart is a 1971 novel about the moral consequences of making life-altering decisions using the roll of a die. The use of chance operations in art was common in mid-20th-Century avant-gardes but, reacting against his background in psychiatry,…
Posted in Accelerationism, Aesthetics, Art, Crypto, Politics

Entity Hash IDs

Some schemes for encoding non-monetary information using Bitcoin (or other cryptocurrency systems) require identifiers to be encoded as addresses. By encoding ontologies and vocabularies en masse in this way and publishing the source for each stage of the encoding we can produce a public registry and dictionary to be used in encoding messages. (This also…
Posted in Crypto

Ethereum Standardized Art Contract API

(Sketch from September 2015, unpublished until now.) The Ethereum project allows you to create arbitrary smart contracts to run on its blockchain). To ensure that those arbitrary contracts can communicate where they need to, they have published a list of standard contract interfaces: These standards allow different coins, registries, data feeds and other common…
Posted in Art, Crypto