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The Machine as Artist as Myth

Institute of Philosophy and Sciences of Art (IPK), Leuphana University, 21335 L√ľneburg, Germany
Received: 4 January 2019 / Revised: 11 February 2019 / Accepted: 14 February 2019 / Published: 20 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Machine as Artist (for the 21st Century))
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Abstract

The essay proposes an art–historical contextualisation of the notion of the “machine as artist”. It argues that the art–theoretical tropes raised by current speculations on artworks created by autonomous technical systems have been inherent to debates on modern and postmodern art throughout the 20th century. Moreover, the author suggests that the notion of the machine derives from a mythological narrative in which humans and technical systems are rigidly figured as both proximate and antagonistic. The essay develops a critical perspective onto this ideological formation and elucidates its critique in a discussion of a recent series of artworks and a text by US American artist Trevor Paglen. View Full-Text
Keywords: machine; art; art history; myth; modernism; artificial intelligence; artificialism; machine realism machine; art; art history; myth; modernism; artificial intelligence; artificialism; machine realism
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Broeckmann, A. The Machine as Artist as Myth. Arts 2019, 8, 25.

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