Archive of Author | Adrian Holme

Adrian Holme is a teacher, writer and artist. He is an Associate Lecturer on the MA Art and Science, Central Saint Martins, and his cross-disciplinary background encompasses biology, fine art and information science. He is also a Lecturer on the BA Hons. Illustration course at Camberwell College of Arts, UAL, where he coordinates and delivers a humanities / critical theory element. Adrian is an associate editor on the Journal of Illustration, and member of the Illustration Research steering committee. The relationship between art, science and illustration is central to his research and he chaired and co-curated the 4th International Illustration Research Symposium ‘Science, Imagination and the Illustration of Knowledge’ at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History and Pitt Rivers Museum (2013). Other research interests include alchemy, Romanticism, and the relationship between the human and technology. In teaching, he works to create productive relationships between ‘theory’ and practice, including ways in which critical methods stimulate and support creative work. His art practice extends across drawing, installation and performance, and he also works as a commercial copy writer and editor.

Articles with Adrian Holme

AI and the idea of the human: myth, metaphor and agency

AI challenges fundamental concepts such as the human and the machine. Myth, metaphor, and generally the languages of art and literature as well as philosophy can be helpful in thinking through the challenges of AI when the languages of science, technology and commerce fail. The paper examines the enduring value of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in considering the questions of AI. The impact of AI upon human agency is also discussed. Without ways of thinking about, and grappling with a phenomenon as far reaching and transformative as AI, humans risk unintended, unforseen and perhaps unwelcome consequences of their technologies.