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Exploring the 'Middle' in a Soft Matter through Artistic Manifestations
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When the stories add up: the six narrative arcs in fiction – Veronique Greenwood | Aeon Ideas

In recent years, literature has been getting attention from an unusual quarter: mathematics. Alongside statistical physicists analysing the connections between characters in the Icelandic sagas, and computer scientists exploring the life an
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Luc Besson's Valerian Looks Like All Your Scifi Dreams Come True

Luc Besson's Valerian Looks Like All Your Scifi Dreams Come True | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it
The first trailer for Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is finally here and it’s got everything you could want in a big science-fiction movie.
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Anthropocene, wars and greed. This must be the World Press Photo contest

In this edition, many of the winning photos document the refugee crisis in Europe, wars (mostly in Syria), violence against women and there’s also a strong thread showing the Anthropocene at its mo…
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Within: Instruments that challenge the way we understand hearing

Within: Instruments that challenge the way we understand hearing | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it
Over the past seven years, Atoui has researched the relationships between sound, vibrations, instruments and the body, starting with how the deaf perceive sound. He challenges, expands and revises …
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The Death of the Artist—and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur

The Death of the Artist—and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it
Hard-working artisan, solitary genius, credentialed professional—the image of the artist has changed radically over the centuries. What if the latest model to emerge means the end of art as we have known it?
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An Illustrated Guide to Guy Debord’s ‘The Society of the Spectacle’

An Illustrated Guide to Guy Debord’s ‘The Society of the Spectacle’ | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it
Guy Debord’s (1931–1994) best-known work, La société du spectacle (The Society of the Spectacle) (1967), is a polemical and prescient indictment of our image-saturated consumer culture. The book examines the “Spectacle,” Debord’s term for the everyday manifestation of capitalist-driven phenomena; advertising, television, film, and celebrity.
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Forget paint – bacteria can bring art to life (literally)

Forget paint – bacteria can bring art to life (literally) | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it
How artists and scientists are working together to challenge our views of microbial life
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The Big Idea: What Is Object-Oriented Ontology? A Quick-and-Dirty Guide to the Philosophical Movement Sweeping the Art World | Artspace

The Big Idea: What Is Object-Oriented Ontology? A Quick-and-Dirty Guide to the Philosophical Movement Sweeping the Art World | Artspace | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it
If you're wondering why artists are trying to turn themselves into turtles and filling rooms with flesh-toned liquids, this is the guide for you.
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Don’t mock the rock – Tracey Emin’s wedding is a message to single women | Gaby Hinsliff

Don’t mock the rock – Tracey Emin’s wedding is a message to single women | Gaby Hinsliff | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it
In marrying a stone, the always provocative artist is boldly asserting that life does not need a man at its centre in order to be worthwhile
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A curious outsiders view into the world of science

A curious outsiders view into the world of science | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it
A Photo series ‘exploring the real world of scientific research. Not the stainless steel surfaces bathed in purple light, but real people in their basements working on selfbuilt contraptions.…
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DADABOT. The role of algorithms in cultural production

DADABOT. The role of algorithms in cultural production | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it
Nova and Vacheron’s book explores the impact of algorithms in cultural production. Through a wide range of examples, the main essay, called “DADABOT: An Introduction to Machinic Creolization…
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Grafters: Industrial society in image and word

Grafters: Industrial society in image and word | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it
The People’s History Museum in Manchester has recently opened a photo exhibition that explores how industrial workers went from objects in photos, to heroic representations of industry and finally …
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A weekend of bio art and bio design at MU in Eindhoven (part 1)

A weekend of bio art and bio design at MU in Eindhoven (part 1) | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it
With Body of Matter, MU zooms in on the body and the possibilities biotechnology has to offer to change, enhance, investigate and replace it, now and in the near future
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Meet the Artists Who Have Embraced Artificial Intelligence

Meet the Artists Who Have Embraced Artificial Intelligence | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it
Sam Kronick has a bunch of rocks arrayed in front of him on a raised desk in his Oakland studio. He’s an artist and his plan is to sketch the rocks, but not with pen and paper. He and his artistic partner Tara Shi are going to do a 3D scan of them so that an artificial intelligence program can map their contours, learn to recognize rocks and then start generating its own craggy depictions.

The project is deceptively simple: trying to get artificial intelligence to make nature art. But it’s also a way of figuring out the limits of computational creativity. Kronick and Shi are using a neural net, a computer program loosely modeled on biological neural systems like the human brain. A given neural net needs to be trained on data; that could be the shape of a lot of rocks, a massive trove of Google Images, or hundreds of thousands of search terms, depending on what the neural net will be used for. Then, basically, it thinks in layers, with each layer working on a different aspect of whatever it is the network is analyzing (for instance, if a network were learning to identify rocks, one algorithm may try and find the texture of a rock, another different colors on its surface, and so on).

The immediate task has quickly become tricky. When a software program is doing face detection, it’s pretty obvious whether it’s working or not. But asking a computer to make rocks is more complex, says Kronick, because it raises ontological questions. “What is a rock? What matters about a rock?” says Kronick. “Why is that as much of a rock as these are according to this model that we’ve built?”

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When erased data come back to haunt you

When erased data come back to haunt you | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it
Everyone knows about cybercrime and how owning networked computers and mobile devices makes you a potential victim of bank fraud, identity theft, extortion, theft of confidential information, etc. …
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The Tyranny of Art History in Contemporary Art

The Tyranny of Art History in Contemporary Art | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it
Its terms are so specialized and vague they're only useful to those in the know.
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Béton: The history of a concrete-clad utopia

Béton: The history of a concrete-clad utopia | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it
Brutalist architecture not only distinguishes itself through an expressive application of concrete but through a distinct social element; brutalist architecture stands for social housing, municipal…
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Oscillations. Or the grace of unpredictability

Oscillations. Or the grace of unpredictability | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it
The two installations are composed of identical elements, connected in a network and exchanging information through electric signals. The collective behavior of the actuators and sensors create unp…
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Book review: The New Curator

Book review: The New Curator | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it
With an emphasis on the ‘now’ and the most recent exhibitions, this book examines the variety and richness of curating practices today, from public commissions by Art Angel to experimental projects…
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Global Activism: Art and Conflict in the 21st Century

Global Activism: Art and Conflict in the 21st Century | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it
global aCtIVISm (the capitalized letters form the Latin word civis, emphasizing the power of citizens) describes and documents politically inspired art—global art practices that draw attention to g…
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Different Ways to Infinity and other artefacts of science fiction

Different Ways to Infinity and other artefacts of science fiction | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it
Luque Sánchez uses matter and technology to seduce, puzzle and inspire viewers. His art installations, which double as science fiction works, materialize scientific concepts and theories that might…
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Multispecies Salon: Hope In An Era of Extinction

We live in a time of extinction. As some charismatic creatures are being saved in zoos, captive breeding facilities, and cryogenic banks, a multitude of othe...
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From drone garden to cheeky surveillance networks. An interview with Martin Reiche

From drone garden to cheeky surveillance networks. An interview with Martin Reiche | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it
The artist’s work investigates issues as different from each other as perception, international power networks, religion, changes in the human condition through technology, surveillance and e…
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