Unveiling Emptiness: A Critical Review of “Infinite Conversation”

In the realm of AI-generated content, Giacomo Miceli’s “Infinite Conversation” stands as a perplexing creation. Promising a never-ending dialogue between Werner Herzog and Slavoj Žižek, this online work lures users into a mesmerizing abyss.

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The Future of Art in the Age of AI

Art and technology have always had a symbiotic relationship. From the first cave paintings to modern digital art, technology has enabled artists to create and showcase their work in new and innovative ways. Today, the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning is poised to revolutionize the art world in ways that are beyond any predictive trajectories or technological trends.

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ChatGPT – Not a Digital Soul

With ChatGPT 4 all over the news, I thought it should be fun to talk to ChatGPT and to find out if the bot could be prompted to write content for DIGITALSOULS.COM. While chatting with ChatGPT, we also asked the image generator offered by Canva to generate a few pictures that depict the ancient Greek philosopher Plato conversing with ChatGPT in a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles. Here’s a gallery with the images and the transcript of our first conversation:

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generation/mutation 1.2

After its launch on DIGITALSOULS.COM in 1998, interest in generation/mutation grew week by week. A steady stream of new contributions arrived almost daily. These early, human made contributions are presented here in generation/mutation 1.2

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generation/mutation 1.1

Before crowdsourcing – outsourcing creative work online

The original version of generation/mutation was launched on DIGITALSOULS.COM in March of 1998 with a simple call to artists.

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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.

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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:

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Accidental Street Photography: Google Street View Scavengers

The launch of Google Street View services in 2007 was followed almost immediately by the emergence of its very own art genre: Street View Art. In 2011, just a few years after the launch of GSV, Pete Brook of Wired hailed the emergence of the new genre with exuberant excitement, announcing that

The Street View car is like the ultimate street photographer, a robo Cartier-Bresson methodically scouring the streets and documenting what it sees — Pete Brook, Wired

While Brook’s article offers a great selection of early Street View art, the comparison between a digital mapping machine and a hybrid mashup of RoboCop, a Hollywood created SciFi robotic police officer, and Henri Cartier-Bresson, the flesh and blood pioneer of street photography in the twentieth century, may seem hyperbolic and somewhat besides the point when it comes to the impact of Google’s Street View images on the arts and popular culture.

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Was this post written by a machine?

The question is not as far fetched as you might think. And — even though this will not settle the matter — let me give you my answer right away: No, this post was not written by a machine. It was written by a real person, a human writer, me. I wrote it. But consider … Read more

Free Books About Pandemic & Contagion from Duke University Press

Contagious - cultures, carriers, and the outbreak narrative

From Duke University Press comes free books on pandemics and contagion. They write:

“Amid the worldwide spread of COVID-19, it’s a challenging time, and our thoughts are with those affected by this disease. In support and solidarity, we are providing free access to the following books and journal articles to help build knowledge and understanding of how we navigate the spread of communicable diseases.”

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