Month: April 2003

Bitfastness 2

Data-driven programming allows a lot of the work to be moved from the code to support files. This makes programs easier to maintain and re-implement, and so more bitfast. Lispers claim Lisp is a file-format as well as a language

Breakthrough Fetishism

Why is conceptual art criticism so hung up on breakthrough works?This can be parodied by making a SETI-style distributed aesthetic search system, looking for new paradigms during coffee breaks.


Screensavers are contemporary cabinet art, with all the negative associations that brings. But if they give the viewer work to do they need not necessarily be kitsch.


Colour scheme generation by software seems to be as random as everything else (see Tim Head’s work). Colour theories are cultural products and random colour is no exception. For random colour to be interesting the viewer must either see some

Graphical Microdomains

High Modernist art is full of graphical microdomains. Its grids, stripes, spots and simple geometries are much easier for programs to work on than an impressionist canvas and allow useful activity to be demonstrated without having to build a general


Procion MX and Rit are good on paper. There’s anecdotal evidence for lightfastness, but they won’t be as lightfast as acrylic (one poster had been told 25% by a sales rep).


VCS games were produced under the Cold War, and later under Reaganomics. What would the same games look like if they were produced under The War On Terror?

Finding The Aura

Get a tri-field EM meter and search Tate Modern for the aura of the artwork. Dowsing should work well, too.

More Picassos

Hypnostise people, tell them they’re Picasso and get them to make paintings.


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