Thought Forms

Thought Forms explores such subjects as Art, Science and Occultism in early 20th Century Art, Contemporary Esotericism and Spirituality in Art, Existential Analysis, concepts of the fourth dimension, panpsychism, AI-based language, and the nature of nothing.

 

Linda Dalrymple Henderson is the David Bruton, Jr. Centennial Professor in Art History at the University of Texas. Her research and teaching focus on modern art and modernism, more generally, in relation to their broader cultural context, including ideas such as ‘the fourth dimension,’ the history of science and technology, and mystical and occult philosophies. She discusses these ideas in her article Abstraction, the Ether, and the Fourth Dimension: Kandinsky, Mondrian, and Malevich in Context.

Steve Sangapore is an American contemporary oil painter. Using vastly different stylistic approaches with various series’, his work can be described as an amalgamation of realism, surrealism and abstraction with thematic focuses on the human condition. He discusses his latest work in WHAT GOD IS. (WITHOUT THE WOO WOO) and NEW EDEN.

Kate Southworth makes paintings, drawings, prints and rituals as a way of understanding the transformative energies and unseen patterns of the psyche. Her work experiments with a ‘scattered form’ in which several visible and invisible fragments co-exist. Recent work maps her journeys into the unconscious mind revealing geometric and net-like forms. She has a particular interested in how processes of transformation emerge in the symbolic sphere: the hexagrams of the i-ching, alchemy, yoga traditions, calendric practices, and myths. She discusses her work in Ritual forms and transformations.

Artist and author, Tony Robbin, works with painting, sculpture and computer visualizations. He is a pioneer in the computer visualization of four-dimensional geometry. With his paintings and innovative computer visualizations of hyperspace, he continues to investigate different models of the fourth dimension and how these are applied in art and physics. His article Topology and the Visualization of Space discusses multiple spatial dimensions in his work.

Derek Bean is a practising Existential-Phenomenological Psychotherapist and registered member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy. Flesh and the Angels is a meditation on creativity in life, art and psychotherapy, its expression as a phenomenology of bursting, and the challenge of keeping going, with John Coltrane, Rainer Maria Rilke and Maurice Merleau-Ponty as companions.

Taney Roniger is a visual artist, writer, and educator based in New York. Since the late 90s she has been exploring the relationship between art, science, and the spirituality of immanence in both her work as an artist and in numerous essays and symposia. In A Silent Mattering: On Art, Crisis, and the Urgency of the Real she asks what good is art in a time of crisis?

CIRCLINGS shows examples of a new book of drawings by Garry Kennard, which were prompted by the final lines of the last canto of Dante’s Divine Comedy. These words describe the vision that Dante experiences at end of his journey through hell, purgatory and paradise. They tell of his witnessing the creative power at the heart of creation. In this he sees a great circling of reflected spheres and rainbows and, somehow, the human image within it all. The article includes the preface by Paul Broks, clinical neuropsychologist-turned-writer.

Anna Sofie Jespersen is a Danish artist based in London who produces emotive figurative works. Anna’s powerful drawings are laden with feeling. Her large scale works have a particularly strong impact. She discusses her ideas and work in Projecting desires and fears.

Artist and writer, Richard Bright, has addressed the relationship between art, science and consciousness for over 30 years. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally and was the recipient of the ‘Visions of Science’ Award, The Edge, Andrew Brownsward Gallery, University of Bath (Second Prize Winner). In Vessels he shows some recent work from the series.

Plus, there are articles by Philip Goff: Science as we know it can’t explain consciousness – but a revolution is coming ;  Guillaume Thierry: GPT-3: new AI can write like a human but don’t mistake that for thinking – neuroscientist ; and What is nothing? Martin Rees Q&A.

Future Earth

Future Earth explores such subjects as climate change, AI and biotechnologies, biodiversity, futurology, human-virus interaction, behavioural change and visionary thinking ‘post-pandemic’.

Heather Dewey-Hagborg is an artist and biohacker who is interested in art as research and technological critique. Her controversial biopolitical art practice includes the project Stranger Visions in which she created portrait sculptures from analyses of genetic material (hair, cigarette butts, chewed up gum) collected in public places. She discusses her work in A visceral encounter with the near future.

Pei-Ying Lin is an artist / designer from Taiwan and currently based in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Her main focus is on the combination of science and human society through artistic methods and is particularly interested in building a common discussion ground for different cultural perspectives regarding elements that construct our individual perception of the world. She discusses her work in Human-Virus relationships.

Between mid-May and the end of June 2020 linguist and author, Florian Coulmas, questioned people around the world about their personal experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic. Loneliness, Helping Hands, TRUTH is the response he received.

Charlotte Jarvis is an artist and lecturer working at the intersection of art and science. Her practice often utilises living cells and DNA: “I have recorded music onto DNA, seen my heart beat outside of my body and am currently making the world’s first female sperm. My work explores the body as a liminal space – a site for transformation, hybridisation and magic”. In Posse is a work In progress: “A mission to make ‘female’ sperm from my own stem cells”.

Jasmine Pradissitto is an international artist, innovator, and speaker with a background in physics based in London. Inspired by nature, the human condition, the mythopoetic and a more sustainable future, her forms create a commentary on an unsustainable, increasingly Anthropocene world slowly being reshaped by the things we consume and then disregard. She creates work that builds awareness about diminishing air quality and biodiversity extinction. In Future Blueprint she discusses her latest work.

There are articles by –

Max Saunders: Futurology: how a group of visionaries looked beyond the possible a century ago and predicted today’s world

Benjamin Bowman: Fridays for Future: how the young climate movement has grown since Greta Thunberg’s lone protest

Marcello Trovati: How an AI trained to read scientific papers could predict future discoveries

Andre Spicer: Sci-fi author William Gibson: how ‘future fatigue’ is putting people off the 22nd century

Jake M. Robinson: Biodiversity loss could be making us sick – here’s why

Robin Dunbar, Chris Zebrowski & Per Olsson: Is humanity doomed because we can’t plan for the long term? Three experts discuss.

Plus, a feature on the exhibition and symposium ‘The Camille Diaries: New Artistic Positions on M/Otherhood, Life and Care’ (at ArtLaboratoryBerlin) which presents new artistic works by eleven international artists:- Sonia Levy, Mary Maggic, Naja Ryde Ankarfeldt, Baum & Leahy, Špela Petric, Margherita Pevere, Ai Hasegawa, Nicole Clouston, Cecilia Jonsson and Tarah Rhoda.

A Sense of Place

A Sense of Place explores the relationship between people and spatial settings, both personal and environmental, in the Arts and Sciences.

Andrea Williamson is an artist and educator born in Calgary (Treaty 7) and living and working in Tiohtiá:ke/Montréal. In The queer use of colour, she describes instances of materials affecting the narrative or meaning-making potential within human art practice, specifically in recounted moments from an artist residency taking place within collective gardens where plants were made into paints.

Heather McMordie is an artist and printmaker making prints, puzzles and installations informed by soil science. Peter Stempel is a social scientist, educator, and architect focusing on art and design as science communication. In Returning the artist to the field: Utilizing printmaking’s multiplicity, mediation and materiality for enhanced science communication, they describe the use of printmaking and print installations as analogues that engage audiences in complex soil systems.

Catherine Eaton Skinner’s works incorporate painting and encaustic, sculpture, printmaking, and photography. The figure, both human and animal, is an important element in her work and acts as a source of inspiration and exploration of identity, spirit, and the paradoxes of human existence. She discusses her life and work in Ancient Ritual in Contemporary Mark-Making.

In The Grand Challenge for Science, physicist Wolfgang Baer argues that the foundations of science has eliminated the subjective experience and this is its greatest failure. Rectifying this situation is its greatest challenge.

In Handspan, handspun: navigational lines in the work of artists Inge Thomson and Deirdre Nelson, writer and dramaturg Ruth Little considers projects by two multimedia artists working in Scotland to propose that culture and local ecology are inseparable and mutually-determining aspects of our understanding of and care for place.

SKY is an exhibition, curated by Stephen Nowlin, that invites visitors to ponder both the provincial and universal elements of space above and around the Earth’s surface. This group exhibition demonstrates how the unfolding realities exposed by new science are affecting change in the understanding of ourselves, our planet and beyond.

Lynne Goldsmith’s first book, ‘Secondary Cicatrices’, won the 2018 Halcyon Poetry Prize and was a 2019 Finalist in the American Book Fest Awards and a 2020 Human Relations Indie Book Award Gold Winner. In Poems she presents some of her recent work that deal with our relationship with the environment.

Plus, there articles by Tony Matthews: Coronavirus has changed our sense of place, so together we must re-imagine our cities ; Fiona Stafford: It’s not easy to make landscape a place: you have to feel it ; Thuy-vy Nguyen: Time alone (chosen or not) can be a chance to hit the reset button ; and Heather Alberro: Humanity and nature are not separate – we must see them as one to fix the climate crisis.

Exploring the Senses

Exploring the Senses covers such subjects as the science and physiological basis of the senses, the use of the ‘senses’ in art, science and technology and the impairment and loss of the senses.

Rachel Gadsden is a British artist who is exhibited internationally and who works across the mainstream and disability art sectors, presenting cross-cultural visual dialogues that consider the most profound notions of what it is to be human. In Considering the Human Condition she discusses her ideas and work.

Since the early 1990s, Paul Vanouse’s artwork has addressed complex issues raised by varied new techno-sciences using these very techno-sciences as a medium. His artworks have included data collection devices that examine the ramifications of polling and categorization, genetic experiments that undermine scientific constructions of race and identity, and temporary organizations that playfully critique institutionalization and corporatization. These “Operational Fictions” are hybrid entities–simultaneously real things and fanciful representations–intended to resonate in the equally hyper-real context of the contemporary electronic landscape. He discusses his ideas and work in Mistaken Identity.

Keith Salmon is a British fine artist. His work is principally semi-abstract Scottish landscapes which are created based upon his experience as a hill walker. Even though he is registered blind Salmon has climbed more than one hundred of Scotland’s Munros, many of which have been captured in his artworks. In Adapting to the landscape – painting with sound he discusses his ideas and work and his recent artworks that move into the addition of sound to his paintings.

Luca M Damiani is a Media Artist and a Lecturer on BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. Luca practices internationally in the fields of art, digital media, and visual culture. He works and experiments with creative techniques such as digital technology, animation, photography, coding, and mixed media. He discusses his recent work in Processing Hyperacusis and PPPD : Inner-view of Neurological Disorder and Processing Hyperacusis and PPPD : Outer-view of Neurological Disorder.

Daniel Hill is an abstract painter and sound artist whose work has been included in numerous exhibitions exploring the relationship between painting, sound, and science. In Restoring Things with the Power of Sound he discusses his experience of the music of Jon Hassell.

Plus, there are articles by Harriet Dempsey-Jones: What is the best sense? Scientists are still battling it out ; Sean R Mills & Mark Fletcher: Vibration on the skin helps hearing-impaired people locate sounds ; Ajay Pandey & Jonathan Roberts: It’s not easy to give a robot a sense of touch ; Jane Parker: Six curious facts about smell ; Chris Woolgar: The medieval senses were transmitters as much as receivers ; Chunjie Zhang: What’s lost when we’re too afraid to touch the world around us? ; and Clare Jonas & Josie Malinowski: ‘Seeing’ music or ‘tasting’ numbers? Here’s what we can learn from people with synaesthesia.

Cellular

Cellular explores examples where aesthetic practice draws inspiration from the molecular sciences, capturing dynamical cellular and microscopic processes, and ways in which science investigates cellular processes in nature, neuroscience and computing.

David S. Goodsell is a Professor of Computational Biology at the Scripps Research Institute and Research Professor with the RCSB Protein Data Bank at Rutgers. His art explores the inner structure of cells and viruses, using computer graphics and traditional painting with watercolor and ink. His article describes Molecular Landscapes, a series of work created for a show at the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University in April 2020, which was ironically postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Inspired by the narratives of scientific discovery and innovation that increasingly dominate contemporary culture, Rogan Brown’s work is an attempt by a non-scientist, an outsider, to visualize, comprehend and assimilate these new ideas and new ways of seeing the world, whether it’s to do with our changing perception of bacteria or the paradigm shifts in our comprehension of the physical world that emerge from quantum physics. He discusses his work in Cellular Papercuts.

Artist Klari Reis is best known for her Petri Dish series, a multicolour set of circular blobs created using a blend of media and ground-breaking techniques. The core of her approach is the transformation and pigmentation of a UV-resistant plastic, the epoxy polymer, into unique and cutting edge artworks. She discusses her work in Exploring the microscopic.

Jody Rasch is a New York City area-based artist whose work is based on themes from astronomy, biology, physics and spectra. An expression of both the patterns of the natural world and the metaphors underlying modern science, his art allows us to see the beauty in the repulsive, to find knowledge in the unknown, to observe the unseen to more clearly see our world. By exploring the invisible, Rasch invites the observer to look beyond the “seen” to appreciate the beauty and mystery of the “unseen.” He discusses his latest work in Seeing Within.

My artistic narrative is influenced by my experience and involvement, over the years, in the scientific study and investigation of cell structure and function……….The physical and chemical properties of atoms and molecules, the composition of matter, the energy, matter’s wear and degradation — these are the raw materials I use to compose a personal artistic landscape.” Thalia Gatzouli, an artist and nuclear physician, discusses her work in A meditation on the concept of matter and life.

Andrew McKeown has completed many large scale sculpture commissions throughout the U.K and internationally. Recurring themes within his work are those of growth, change and renewal and these natural or organic themes are often combined with site specific historical or industrial references which can be both literal and metaphorical. Andrew’s expertise is in sculpture, design and environmental regeneration. Casting and mould making processes inform and influence his work in both a practical and conceptual way and he often create installations of multiple sculptures which are cast or fabricated in durable materials such as iron, steel, bronze and stone.

I dye, paint and stitch silk and wool to create boldly colored biomorphic wallhangings inspired by microscopic/cellular imagery – a kind of visual invented biology with textiles.” Fiber artist, Karen Kamenetzky, creates a kind of ‘invented biology’, inspired by microscopic and cellular imagery, with works zooming in on that fundamental nature of things and bringing it into vision. She works loosely from sketches but each piece travels a route of evolution and change.

Plus, there are article by Stuart Thompson: Can plants think? They could one day force us to change our definition of intelligence ; Yunlong Zhao: Linking brains to computers: how new implants are helping us achieve this goal ; Mark Greenwood & James Locke: Plants can tell time even without a brain – here’s how ; Guillaume Thierry: Lab-grown mini brains: we can’t dismiss the possibility that they could one day outsmart us ; and Madeline Andrews, Aparna Bhaduri & Arnold Kriegstein: Brain organoids help neuroscientists understand brain development, but aren’t perfect matches for real brains.

 

Drawing Now

Drawing Now continues exploring current thinking and work on the practice of Drawing, its creative, expressive and educational value, as well as its fundamental importance to translating and analysing the world.

Wura-Natasha Ogunji is a visual artist and performer. Her works include drawings hand-stitched into tracing paper, videos and public performances. Her work is deeply inspired by the daily interactions and frequencies that occur in the city of Lagos, Nigeria, from the epic to the intimate. Ogunji’s performances explore the presence of women in public space; these often include investigations of labor, leisure, freedom and frivolity. She discusses her work in Drawings hand-stitched.

Images sourced from the internet often form the basis of David Haines’s work, whose practice actively examines the artist’s own position as someone who makes pictorial and textual narratives in the wake of abstraction, conceptual art and photography, and whose themes include an exploration of digital identities, online communities, contemporary myths and the indexical nature of drawing itself. His work is discussed in David Haines and the Black Mirror/Facing faces.

Taney Roniger is a visual artist, writer, and educator based in New York. Since the late 90s she has been exploring the relationship between art, science, and the spirituality of immanence in both her work as an artist and in numerous essays and symposia. She discusses and shows her recent series of drawings in Drawing, the Body, and the Cognitive Unconscious.

History, memory, masculinity and power balance are central themes in Marc Bauer’s work that consist for a major part of black and white drawings, but extends to animation film, ceramics, oil paint and sculpture. He describes drawing as “a way for me and the viewer, to comprehend reality in all its complexity – subjectively, politically, symbolically – and show how history, memory and shifting power structures shade the present.”

Massinissa Selmani’s work aims to create drawn forms mingling a documentary approach with fictional constructions and animations, while taking as its point of departure contemporary political and social issues from press cuttings. Through confrontation, juxtaposition and even the superposition of actual elements, whose contexts have systematically been concealed, the artist creates enigmatic, ambiguous scenes unlikely to happen in reality. He discusses his work in Drawn Forms.

Shelly Tregoning’s work is a response to the intimacies of her life – “an emotional connection to those closest to me and to fragments of the everyday that I encounter. I am trying to make sense in some way, of life and personal identity – through conversations with friends, places I have been and the things I see along the way. Visually gathering ‘moments’ which inform my work, these drawings and scribbles create a scaffolding upon which I build my images”. She discusses her work in The human condition and the question of personal identity.

Artist and writer, Richard Bright, has addressed the relationship between art, science and consciousness for over 30 years. He shows his recent series of drawings in Dialogues and Double-Slits.

Plus, there are articles by Jill Gibbon: I go undercover into arms fairs – and secretly draw caricatures of the ‘hell’ I find there ; and Nicole R. Fleetwood: Through his art, a former prisoner diagnoses the systemic sickness of Florida’s penitentiaries.

 

Deconstruction. Transformation.

Deconstruction. Transformation explores ideas and works involving deconstruction/transformation in art, science, philosophy, photography, alchemy and climate change.

Annie Cattrell’s practice is often informed by working with specialists in neuroscience, meteorology, engineering, psychiatry and the history of science. This cross-disciplinary approach has enabled her to learn about cutting edge research and in depth information in these fields. She is particularly interested in the parallels and connections that can be drawn within these approaches in both art and science. She discusses her work in Transformations.

Steven Connor is Professor of English at the University of Cambridge. Since 2018 he has been Director of CRASSH. His areas of interest include magical thinking; the history of medicine; the cultural life of objects and the material imagination; the relations between culture and science; the philosophy of animals; and the body, sense and sexuality. He has also written on contemporary art for Cabinet, Tate Etc, Modern Painters and others. His essay, ‘Mutantis Mutandis’, is on the work of Annie Cattrell.

Micaela Lattanzio is a Roman photographer and artist who explores the fragmentation of female identity through the deconstruction and the subsequent reworking of female portraits. Her work explores the intricate paths of consciousness and self-awareness, the body and is a reflection on social relationships, on the specific weight that our presence has in our environment. She discussed her work in Fragmenta and beyond.

Grant Maxwell is the author of The Dynamics of Transformation: Tracing an Emerging World View, How Does It Feel?: Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and the Philosophy of Rock and Roll, and Beyond Plato’s Cave. He has served as a professor at Baruch College and Lehman College in New York, and he has written for the American Philosophical Association blog, American Songwriter magazine, and the Journal of Religion and Popular Culture. He discusses his ideas and work in On ‘The Dynamics of Transformation’.

Artist, Jared Vaughan Davis, often deals with topics ranging from epistemology, mythology, ancient and modern cosmology, and the science of ‘belief’. He shows some of his latest work in Deconstruction.

Brett Reif is influenced by Arte Povera and specializes in non-traditional media wall work, sculpture and installation. His use of common household materials, surfaces and objects along with raw, natural objects to create drawings, paintings, reliefs, sculptures and installations, nurtures home materials to embody our stress, conflict, hope and fear. He discusses his ideas and work in Transforming common materials.

Todd McLellan is a photographer and fixer from Canada. He was formally educated in photography at the Alberta University of the Arts but gained the bulk of his knowledge working in the field. He works both in the commercial photography/motion world as well as developing his personal work. His most recent photo series Things Come Apart is a teardown of our everyday objects.

Cecelia Chapman is a Massachusetts based artist, born in San Francisco. Her work revolves around video, essay, storytelling, and works on paper and merges the documentary and experimental. Club Paradise: don’t be a tourist…vacation culture, capitalism, consciousness 2017-2019 examines vacation culture photographed and filmed on Cape Cod.

There are articles by Elizabeth Gruner: Why the ancient promise of alchemy is fulfilled in reading ; Hannah Hoag & Jack Marley: Climate crisis – here’s what the experts recommend we do ; Duncan Brown & Edo Berger: Cosmic alchemy: Colliding neutron stars show us how the universe creates gold ; Frank Wilczek: Why physics needs art to help picture the universe ; and Dirk Messner: The digital revolution could unlock a green transformation of the global economy.

Plus, a feature on the exhibition, UMWELT, at BioBAT Art Space, which includes the work of Meredith Tromble, Patricia Olynyk, and Christine Davis.

Disturbances

Disturbances explores such subjects as artistic responses to psychological trauma and contemporary readings of anxiety, dynamic interplay of complex systems in nature, interactions between vision and sound, the flow of liquids, and brain patterns of consciousness.

Daniel Hill is a painter, sound artist, curator, educator, and writer whose work explores the relationship between visual art, sound, and science. His paintings employ a rules based system in which the notion of embodied cognition is an inquiry as well as the balance between the aesthetic and conceptual. He discusses his work in Interlocking Systems of Making.

Esther Rolinson is a British visual artist who explores the use of new media technology as well as long-established artistic languages such as drawing and sculpture. Her interest in bringing consciousness to our sensations led her to work with light. She discusses her work in Ten Thousand Thoughts.

Harold Offeh is an artist working in a range of media including performance, video, photography, learning and social arts practice. He often employs humour as a means to confront the viewer with historical narratives and contemporary culture and is interested in the space created by the inhabiting or embodying of history. He discusses his ideas and work in Mindfully Dizzy.

Leah Clements’s practice is concerned with the relationship between the psychological, emotional, and physical, often through personal accounts of unusual or hard-to-articulate experiences. Her work also focuses on sickness / cripness / disability in art, in critical and practical ways. She discusses her work in To Not Follow Under.

Artist William Holton’s work is an exploration of complex systems in nature, and the dynamic interplay of structure and contingency that makes up the universe. Using compressed air to create and move small currents of paint, he yields control to my materials so that these basic units become force fields, drawing energy within themselves like a vortex and radiating it outward. He discusses his work in Exploring Complex Systems in Nature.

Sarah Howe is a UK based artist whose installations situate still and moving image within sculptural space. Her work stands in the crossing between a material and psychological landscape, in a reach to illustrate heightened inner states. Her installation Consider Falling is rooted in research into derealisation (the condition of feeling that reality is unreal) and depersonalisation (a feeling of detachment from oneself, or that oneself is unreal) collectively referred to as DPD.

Plus, there are article by Martin Archer: We’ve discovered the world’s largest drum – and it’s in space ; James Sprittles: We may just have solved the great mystery of why drops splash ; Davinia Fernández-Espejo: How we identified brain patterns of consciousness ; and Giuliana Mazzoni: Our obsession with taking photos is changing how we remember the past.

 

 

Altered States

Altered States explores such subjects as the science and experience of psychedelics, altered and augmented states of consciousness, neuroscience and the clinical use of psychedelics, machine language, literary illustration and digital 3D representations of artworks.

Marta Kaczmarczyk is an expert in persuasive science and technology. She is interested in demystifying the psychedelic experience and creating a scientific framework that would be more accessible to the Western mind and more relevant than the shamanic or new age framework which is popular in the psychedelic community. She is a co-founder and a coordinator of the Psychedelic Society of the Netherlands; a non-profit organization focused on advocating a safe use of psychedelic substances. She discusses her work in Demystifying the psychedelic experience.

Steve Sangapore is a contemporary oil painter based in Boston, MA. Using vastly different stylistic approaches with various series’, his work can be described as an amalgamation of realism, surrealism and abstraction with thematic focuses on the human condition. In Superposition he shows his recent series of artworks.

Dr Peter Sjöstedt-H is an Anglo-Scandinavian philosopher of mind who specializes in the thought of Whitehead and Nietzsche, and in fields pertaining to panpsychism and altered states of sentience. He discusses his ideas and work in Philosophy and Psychedelics.

Fine artist Luciana Haill works with brainwaves (EEG signal) exploring consciousness & expressing the results through digital media, performance, sound & drawings. Her artworks focus on sleep, more specifically the discrete states of Lucid Dreaming (awareness within a dream & the ability to take control) & ‘Hypnagogia’ – a more commonly experienced state at the onset of sleep & day-dreaming. She investigates the neural correlates & reveals these to the audience as changes in textured soundscapes & data visualisations. In, Ecstasis, she discusses her latest work.

Joshua Burraway is a medical anthropologist working at the intersection between social and political theory, cultural phenomenology, addiction medicine, and psychiatry. He is interested in how historical and structural forces shape different modes of subjectivity, in particular with regards to altered states of consciousness induced by psychoactive chemicals among homeless substance-users. He discusses his work in Becoming somebody else.

Paul Broks is an English neuropsychologist and science writer. Trained as a clinical psychologist at Oxford University, he is a specialist in clinical neuropsychology and is the author of The Darker the Night, the Brighter the Stars. Garry Kennard is a painter, writer and founding director of Art and Mind. A fascination with how the brain reacts to works of art has lead Kennard to research, write and lecture on these topics. In their correspondence, On ‘The Darker the Night, the Brighter the Stars, Paul Broks discusses the production of this book with Garry Kennard, its illustrator.

Dr. Sheena Calvert is a philosopher/artist/designer and educator, working at both University of the Arts, London and the Royal College of Art. She is particularly concerned with exploring the implications of emergent language-based technologies, including developments in ‘natural’ language technologies, which potentially impact on the future of human language. She discusses this in Language: The Non-Trivial Machine.

Sidney Perkowitz, Candler Professor of Physics Emeritus at Emory University, writes about science and art, and other popular topics in science. He discusses recent developments in the reproduction of artworks in Altered States: 2D digital displays become 3D reality – Digital Technology Lets You Touch Great Art.

Plus, there are articles by Elizabeth Tunbridge: How the power of art can help scientists like me understand the experience of schizophrenia ; Robert Pepperell: How a trippy 1980s video effect might help to explain consciousness ; and Christian Jarrett: Ketamine trips are uncannily like near-death experiences.

 

AI and Creativity

What is certain is that we are witnessing the appearance of an intelligence with the potential of unlimited creativity. We don’t have to go to Mars to seek new intelligences, they are developing right next to us. And – extraordinary to contemplate – we are beginning to merge with them.

Arthur I Miller: On The Artist in the Machine (Interalia Magazine – September 2019)

 

AI and Creativity explores ideas and work on the cutting edge of art and artificial intelligence, robotics, artificial neural networks, and computer-created art.

 

Professor Arthur I Miller is an authority on creativity, in both the arts and sciences. In his latest book, The Artist in the Machine: The World of AI-Powered Creativity, he introduces us to AI-powered computers that are creating art, literature, and music that may well surpass the creations of humans. In this exclusive interview he discusses ideas and work that forms the subject of his book and celebrates the creative possibilities of artificial intelligence in art, music, and literature.

Anna Ridler is an artist and researcher who works with information and data. She was a 2018 EMAP fellow and was listed by Artnet as one of nine “pioneering artists” exploring AI’s creative potential. Georgia Ward Dyer studied Philosophy at the University of Cambridge before developing an art practice which focuses on creating conversations about abstract, complex ideas by making them tangible through process-led, multivalent works. In Fairy Tales and Machine Learning: Retelling, Reflecting, Repeating, Recreating they explore their own versions of classic tales which are mediated through different machine learning tools; from image captioning to speech-to-text conversion.

Simon Colton is a British computer scientist, currently working as Professor of Computational Creativity in the Game AI Research Group at Queen Mary University of London, UK and in the Sensilab at Monash University, Australia. In From Computational Creativity to Creative AI and Back Again he compares and contrasts the AI research field of Computational Creativity and the Creative AI technological movement, both of which are contributing to progress in the arts.

Sofia Crespo’s work consists of different projects working with artificial intelligence, computed image recognition, and neural networks. Her project, Neural Zoo, explores how creativity combines known elements in a specific way in order to create something entirely new. In the process of generating new creatures, that don’t exist yet, she offers a perspective on how similar human creativity works. The creator, in this case, would be the algorithm itself, but with a human artist as its muse.

Ahmed Elgammal is Professor at the Department of Computer Science, Rutgers University. Director of the Art & AI Lab. Executive Council Faculty at the Center for Cognitive Science at Rutgers University. His research focusses on Computer Vision, Visual Learning, Data Science in Digital Humanities, and Human motion analysis. In Meet AICAN, a machine that operates as an autonomous artist, he discusses his research on Art & AI.

Gene Kogan is an artist, programmer and leading educator in the field of creative AI – who is developing the world’s first decentralized autonomous artist. He is a collaborator within numerous open-source software projects, and gives workshops and lectures on topics at the intersection of code and art. He discusses his work in Art and Generative Systems.

Ernest Edmonds’ art is in the constructivist tradition and he is a pioneer in the use of computers and computational ideas. His art explores algorithms used to relation to colour, time, communication and interaction. He first used computers in his practice in 1968, first showed an interactive artwork with Stroud Cornock in 1970 and first showed a generative time-based computer work in London in 1985. He discusses his ideas and work in On Computational Art.

Taney Roniger is a visual artist and writer based in New York. Her work has been shown in a number of venues in the States and abroad. Since 2012 she has been a contributing writer at The Brooklyn Rail, for which she served as Guest Editor in December 2017. She discusses her ideas in In Praise of Form: Towards a New Post-Humanist Art.

Kit Yates is a Senior Lecturer in mathematical biology at the University of Bath. His job consists of taking real-world phenomena and uncovering the mathematical truths that lie behind them. He extracts the common patterns that underlie these processes and communicates them. His latest book is called The Maths of Life and Death.

Plus, there are articles by Rui Penha & Miguel Carvalhais: If machines want to make art, will humans understand it? ; Hakwan Lau: Is consciousness a battle between your beliefs and perceptions? ; and Melissa Avdeeff: AI’s first pop album ushers in a new musical era.

And, a feature on Ai-Da, the world’s first ultra-realistic AI robot artist.