MachineMachine /stream - tagged with digital en-us LifePress <![CDATA[The NFT Has Changed Artists. Has it Changed Art? - The New York Times]]>

Around 1425, the Florentine artist Masaccio painted the first major works in one-point perspective. That revolutionized what artists could do ever after. In Paris in 1839, Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre demonstrated his new photographic invention.

Sat, 05 Mar 2022 13:51:07 -0800
<![CDATA[The Rise of “Immersive” Art | The New Yorker]]>

The lights were off, the air smelled faintly of roses, and New Age music flowed from room to room.

Mon, 28 Feb 2022 00:52:21 -0800

From floating ‘3D street art’ to a talking Henri Rousseau painting, Meta’s vision of the future is drained of all imagination When I was a kid, I had a book about the future.

Thu, 25 Nov 2021 01:51:41 -0800
<![CDATA[Bloomberg - Are you a robot?]]>

This summer, when Fame Lady Squad launched, claiming to be the first ever female-led crypto art collective, it quickly raised $1.5 million from people who wanted to support underrepresented artists.  Weeks later, it turned out, the group was actually run by men.

Thu, 25 Nov 2021 01:51:30 -0800
<![CDATA[The Changing Ontology of the Image | The Nordic Journal of Aesthetics]]>

Traditionally we think of images as relatively individualized or delimited phenomena that, in one way or the other, appear to the human mind and apparatus of perception. Currently, however, we are witnessing an intensification of what we might call thenetworkedness of the image along with a proliferation of machine imagery that operates independently of human perception and cognition. These “operative images” are, in Harun Farocki’s oft-cited formulation, “images without a social goal, not for edification, not for reflection”—they “do not represent an object, but rather are part of an operation.” In fact, one might claim that one of the characteristics of the contemporary image-space is its increasing integration of operational images and machine vision.

Sun, 04 Jul 2021 22:36:39 -0700
<![CDATA[NFTs might not solve the digital art authenticity problem.]]>

When Christie’s auctioned for $69 million a “nonfungible token,” or NFT, linked to the digital collage Everydays: The First 5000 Days, many people asked WTF was an NFT? And why was a relative unknown artist by the name of Beeple now the third-highest selling living artist—for a digital work

Mon, 17 May 2021 23:55:37 -0700
<![CDATA[What Does It Mean To Buy a Gif? | Jack Rusher]]>

It’s everywhere on the Internet right now—NFT this, Rarible that. Tokens, tokens, come get your tokens! We’ve got people shouting that the whole idea is an absurdity or an abomination, others saying it’s only a cynical cash grab, or that it is yet another harbinger of ecological disaster.

Wed, 31 Mar 2021 07:55:33 -0700
<![CDATA[Beeple thinks NFTs are a bubble, cashed out ETH earnings straightaway - Crypto Daily™]]>

In an interview with The New Yorker, Beeple said that as soon as he received his stash in ETH, he became concerned regarding Ethereum’s volatility, hence the immediate move to convert everything to US dollars. “Boom, 53 million dollars in my account.

Wed, 31 Mar 2021 07:55:32 -0700
<![CDATA[Opinion | NFTs: What Are You Paying for When You Buy a GIF for $25,000? - The New York Times]]>

On March 13, Li Jin sold a GIF for $25,000. A link to the moving image, which was assigned a unique bit of code as proof of authenticity and stored on the blockchain, was purchased at auction via the cryptocurrency Ethereum and sold in 24 hours.

Wed, 31 Mar 2021 07:55:19 -0700
<![CDATA[Jonathan Beller: NFT Does Not Stand for Non-Fascist Token, but It Should - CoinDesk]]>

The same fascistic tendencies Walter Benjamin saw in the rise of mass media are at play in the NFT "revolution," too.

Wed, 31 Mar 2021 07:55:16 -0700
<![CDATA[Collecting in the Age of Digital Reproduction - Casey REAS - Medium]]>

In the art market, almost everything sold is an object such as a drawing, a painting, a sculpture, an installation, or a photograph, but there are some exceptions. These deviations may include a contract, a set of instructions, a digital video file, or a software file.

Wed, 11 Sep 2019 04:28:29 -0700
<![CDATA[MONSTROUS THOUGHTS: Philosopher Eugene Thacker on the “New Golden Age of Horror” - 032c]]>

When René Descartes, sitting in his armchair in Leiden in 1641, invites his readers to meditate alongside him, you get the sense he could do with the company.

Wed, 21 Aug 2019 04:09:02 -0700
<![CDATA[Appropriating the Alien: A Critique of Xenofeminism | Mute]]>

The Xenofeminist Manifesto claims, among many things, rationalism and technology as core to a renewed futurist feminist project. However, given the provenance of its moniker and its 'pro-enlightenment' position, Annie Goh asks, WTF exactly is XF?

Tue, 06 Aug 2019 11:11:21 -0700
<![CDATA[Taboola, Outbrain and the Chum Supply Chain]]>

Ranjan here, and today I'm talking Taboola and Outbrain. Most of my work in media has been on subscriptions and branded content, so I've never played in the depths of ad-tech darkness. But, I spent seven years trading currency derivatives and am well versed in the art of arbitrage.

Mon, 27 May 2019 17:28:11 -0700
<![CDATA[Washington Monthly | The World Is Choking on Digital Pollution]]>

Tens of thousands of Londoners died of cholera from the 1830s to the 1860s. The causes were simple: mass quantities of human waste and industrial contaminants were pouring into the Thames, the central waterway of a city at the center of a rapidly industrializing world.

Thu, 07 Feb 2019 05:01:01 -0800
<![CDATA[How the JPEG Changed Everything | Frieze]]>

‘Every two minutes, people upload more images to the internet than existed in total just 150 years ago’

Thu, 07 Feb 2019 05:00:52 -0800
<![CDATA[Digital Bibliography]]>

AN EVALUATIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY: DIGITAL CULTURE, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, THE INTERNET, THE WEB By David Abrahamson Northwestern University Prefatory Note: What follows is a discursive compilation of more that four-hundred-and-fifty items, most of fairly recent authorship, united by a common -- though ve

Tue, 29 Jan 2019 10:38:21 -0800
<![CDATA[BBC - Future - The world's most prolific writer is a Chinese algorithm]]>

“Inflatable duck baby pool with canopy.” “Hot selling colourful temporary full arm tattoo for men.” “Splendid reusable dog pee pad (minimum order: 500).

Tue, 09 Oct 2018 09:50:50 -0700
<![CDATA[Edward Snowden Reconsidered | by Tamsin Shaw | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books]]>

This summer, the fifth anniversary of Edward Snowden’s revelations about NSA surveillance passed quietly, adrift on a tide of news that now daily sweeps the ground from under our feet.

Tue, 09 Oct 2018 09:50:48 -0700
<![CDATA[Compression Aesthetics: Glitch From the Avant-Garde to Kanye West – InVisible Culture]]>

Carolyn L. Kane In a world that esteems technological efficiency, immediacy, and control, the advent of technical noise, glitch, and failure—no matter how colorful or disturbingly beautiful—are avoided at great costs.

Tue, 09 Oct 2018 09:50:47 -0700