[spectre] New book - AI Art: Machine Visions and Warped Dreams (open access)

Gary Hall mail at garyhall.info
Mon Jul 20 13:23:25 CEST 2020

Dear All,

Open Humanities Press is pleased to announce its latest title. Fittingly 
for our times, it discusses a world behind windows and screens in which 
we all become part of a vapour-like global labour force, no matter how 
creative our occupations or ambitions are.

AI Art: Machine Visions and Warped Dreams by Joanna Zylinska

Like all Open Humanities Press books, /AI Art/ is freely available to 

Can computers be creative? Is algorithmic art just a form of Candy 
Crush? Cutting through the smoke and mirrors surrounding computation, 
robotics and artificial intelligence, Joanna Zylinska argues that, to 
understand the promise of AI for the creative fields, we must not 
confine ourselves solely to the realm of aesthetics. Instead, we need to 
address the role and position of the human in the current technical 
setup – including the associated issues of labour, robotisation and, 
last but not least, extinction. Offering a critique of the 
socio-political underpinnings of AI, /AI Art: Machine Visions and Warped 
Dreams/ raises poignant questions about the conditions of art making and 
creativity today.

The book critically examines artworks that use AI, be it in the form of 
visual style transfer, algorithmic experiment or critical commentary. It 
also engages with their predecessors, including robotic art and net art. 
/AI Art/ includes a project from Zylinska’s own art practice titled 
‘View from the Window’, which explores human and nonhuman forms of 
intelligence, perception and action. The book closes with speculation on 
future art – and on art’s future.

About the author

Joanna Zylinska is a writer, lecturer, artist, curator, and – according 
to the ImageNet Roulette’s algorithm – a ‘mediatrix’. She is currently 
Professor of New Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of 
London. The author of a number of books on art, philosophy and 
technology – including /The End of Man: A Feminist Counterapocalypse/ 
(University of Minnesota Press, 2018), /Nonhuman Photography/ (MIT 
Press, 2017) and /Minimal Ethics for the Anthropocene/ (Open Humanities 
Press, 2014) – she is also involved in more experimental and 
collaborative publishing projects, such as /Photomediations/ (2016). Her 
own art practice engages with different kinds of image-based media.

All the best,
Sigi Jöttkandt, David Ottina, Gary Hall (for OHP Press)

Gary Hall
Professor of Media
Director of the Centre for Postdigital Cultures, Faculty of Arts & Humanities, Coventry University:


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