Week 8 takes an interdisciplinary turn, exploring the relationship between AI's technological infrastructure and aesthetic principles. Students will study AI-driven art and design, bridging the gap between technology and creativity. Drawing from Benjamin's and Simanowski's works, the class aims to cultivate an appreciation for the artistic potential of AI, understanding how technology is both a tool and a canvas for creative expression.
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- Infrastructure: The underlying foundation or basic framework of a system or organization (from Benjamin's "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction").
- Aesthetics: A set of principles governing the idea of beauty at a given time and place (from Simanowski's "Digital Art and Meaning").
To Read (Before Class)
A Cyborg Manifesto
A Cyborg Manifesto - Morgan Klaus Scheuerman
© Morgan Klaus Scheuerman. 2020. All rights reserved. Design adpted from HTML5 UP.
Read the introduction (or more!) to Aesthetic Programming
Harraway re-works her original essay in this presentation. It’s always good to hear from the actual author.
Student Facilitation Reading
"Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World" by Meredith Broussard (Section 1)
Summary: Broussard’s work critically examines the limitations of AI in understanding the world, providing an important perspective on AI's aesthetics and technological infrastructure.
- What are the main limitations of AI, as outlined in "Artificial Unintelligence"?
- How does Broussard's work intersect with the idea of AI as both a tool and canvas for creative expression?
- What implications does this reading have for AI-driven art and design?
- How does Broussard challenge common perceptions of AI's capabilities?
- In what ways can the limitations of AI be addressed or embraced in artistic practices?