Plotting Critical Research-Practice in Digital Art

Zeilinger, Martin (2018) Plotting Critical Research-Practice in Digital Art. In: Parsing Digital: Conversations in digital art by practitioners and curators. Occasions (18). Austrian Cultural Forum, London, UK, pp. 22-37. ISBN 978-9999269-3-9-1

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Abstract

This essay introduces my ongoing project Pattern Recognition, which explores how evolving machine agency in artist-computer collaboration impacts our understanding of concepts such as ‘authorship’ and ‘cultural ownership.’ Based on the appropriation and reworking of early works of computer art, Pattern Recognition develops a combined critical and artistic approach, in which detailed analysis of the original works is an inevitable prerequisite for reworking them artistically. In this way, ‘authorship,’ ‘creative agency,’ and ‘originality’ are engaged both critically and creatively, and the project contributes to ongoing aesthetic discourse on digital art practice, while simultaneously intersecting with emergent socio-legal issues connected to contemporary art. Interloping both theory and practice, the project lastly also provides a context for exploring the critical role artistic practice can play in – or as – research.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: digital art, creative coding, creative agency
Faculty: Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences
Depositing User: Dr Martin Zeilinger
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2018 10:39
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2019 10:02
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/703461

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