Caradt researcher Martine Stig will present her project Art for Machines at the 26th International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA2020) 13-18 October 2020.
In an online video session Martine Stig will talk about her research project Art for Machines. When celluloid was replaced by sensors twenty years ago, the photographic image became bilingual. The digital image, now being shot, shown, stored and shared by one device, lives up to (and beyond) expectations of analogue mnemonic technologies. Satisfying the human urge for visual traces, the easy-to-use digital apparatus tempt us to produce photographic images. Yet the current ubiquity of images demonstrates not only our ‘analogue’ needs to archive and share memories, it also points towards a ‘digital’ hunger for data. The photographic image, both data and imagery, speaks to different audiences. The human audience, with its growing need for visual updates of other peoples’ lives and the non-human audience, gathering data to index, recognise and categorise patterns in order to predict future developments. Pointing towards past and future at the same time, in between ‘narrative-based stories’ and ‘data-based storytelling’ the data-image serves both needs. We, seduced by the digital device, feed the data-hungry and the image-needy more and more. And now “Life is experienced as increasingly documentable, and perhaps, also experienced in the service of its documentation, always with the newly accessible audience in mind,” a seemingly irrelevant transition changed the human role in image production forever.
Besides Martine Stig, also Caradt researchers Noud Heerkens and Minke Nouwens will present their findings online at the 26th International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA2020) 13-18 October 2020. This symposium is an international event on art and technology around the world, bringing together scholarly, artistic, and scientific domains in an interdisciplinary discussion and showcase of creative productions applying new technologies in electronic art, interactivity and digital media.
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