The Machine as Artist as Myth

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Article number25
Issue number1
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 20.02.2019

    Research areas

  • machine, art, art history, myth, modernism, artificial intelligence, artificialism, machine realism
  • Philosophy