Stories

2084

“Thank you for coming to speak to us today.” “Of course; we came right away, you said it was urgent.” “Quite right. I’ll get straight to it. Jemima has been coming here for close to a year now, and we have captured some very concerning data.” “What do you mean?” “Well, our AI emotion detection software has noted some serious […]
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The Revelation in Art and Technology

“There was a time when it was not technology alone that bore the name technē… Once there was a time when the bringing-forth of the true into the beautiful was called technē. And the poiesis of the fine arts also was called technē… [t]he arts were not derived from the artistic. Art works were not enjoyed aesthetically. Art was not […]
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The replica

Until the development of the first technologies, humanity’s encounters with the replica were restricted to the organic. Even then, true replicas they were not. A blade of grass, growing next to a thousand others of the same kind that share some key characteristics (but are never identical) have what Wittgenstein would refer to as family resemblance. Choose any acorn and […]
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Closed for maintenance

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The puzzle of digital art

Let me ask a vexing question, that appears to have a simple answer: why has digital art struggled to flourish until now? One problem has always been uniqueness: the copying of a JPEG or Bitmap could never be prevented, for what is being copied is the actual thing itself. Digital copies are not prints; they are literal copies of the […]
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Where Oceans Burn: visualiser

Alchemivision were recently commissioned to produce a visualiser for the metalcore band Where Oceans Burn, a four-piece ensemble based in Manchester, England. The piece we created was the lead asset in a campaign showcasing the lead single ‘Phoenix’ on the band’s ‘Singles compilation’ EP, released in November 2020. It received over 10,000 views in less than 12 hours. Label: Dreambound […]
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Café Mushroom

They sit in the supermarket café, the old ones. In the window seat with its vista over tangled dripping trolley wire and a queue of mechanically escaping traffic. The rain does not reach the window, protected by a refuge of 70s orange brick; a dry haven. They sit in matching raincoats faded grey, each slowly consuming the now-cold budget fare, […]
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