generation/mutation 1.1

The original version of generation/mutation was launched on DIGITALSOULS.COM in March of 1998 with a simple call to artists. The call consisted of a few hand-coded HTML pages: a project description, a downloadable 41 Kb JPEG image file, and three instructions. Participating artists were asked to download the project’s seed image alter the image any … Read more

Readymade Daily

Studio of Marcel Duchamp

You have to approach the thing with an indifference, as if you had no aesthetic emotion. – Marcel Duchamp Marcel Duchamp’s invention of the readymade changed the course of twentieth century art. Investigating the question of whether it is possible to make a work that is not a work of art led him to select … Read more

Hiding in Plain Sight: Liu Bolin and the Art of Disappearance

Liu Bolin’s work continues to amaze audiences around the world. His site specific installations often play on the theme of hiding in plain sight. Bolin is a master at making himself disappear in public places and situations. He makes himself invisible by painting himself, his face and clothes, to match the background behind him. With … Read more

Here come the machines – AI takes control of fighter jets

Behind last year’s buzz following the release of the text generator GPT-3 , there was another machine learning headline that gave cause for pause: AI controlled fighter jets had defeated a human piloted fighter jet 5-0 in a Darpa simulation. Looks like today’s fighter pilots may be going the way of the shining medieval knight … Read more

The Kissing Project

The kiss is a symbol of love and intimacy. Many artists have produced iconic works about it. From Gustav Klimt’s masterpiece “The Kiss” (1907) to Warhol’s experimental 50 minutes silent film “Kiss” (1963), artists have taken up the gesture of the kiss as subject matter. A black & white photograph taken in the 1950’s by … Read more

Newsletter Archive

Curious about our Digital Souls newsletter but not sure if you want to subscribe? Why not take a look at previous issues? We have added a Digital Souls News Archive, which shows the most recent issues of our newsletter.  New emails go out about once a week or less and you can always unsubscribe. Here’s … Read more

Playing with Google: Street View Performance and Installation Artists

In a recent post, I drew a distinction between two groups of artists that use Google Street View as part of their creative work: 1) Scavengers who treat the mapping service as a colossal mechanized digital photographer and 2) Performance and Installation artists who aim to have their work recorded by a passing Street View … Read more