Digital Aesthetics

Notes on the Digital Aesthetics Elective at the RCA

Reading

Friday, Febuary 1st 2019

All of these peo­ple are mak­ing work about ana­logue film — dig­i­tal im­ages work en­tirely dif­fer­ently:

Quantum Efficiency in a CMSO sensor How a sin­gle pixel turns pho­tons into an elec­tri­cal sig­nal. Source

Bayering Multiple pix­els, with RGB-coloured fil­ters are needed to cap­ture colour im­ages. Source

Cameras (especially phones) ap­ply all kinds of dig­i­tal op­ti­mi­sa­tions to im­ages: Simple things like bring­ing up the sat­u­ra­tion, in­creas­ing the con­trast, but also more ad­vanced op­er­a­tions like smoot­ing out skin, mor­ph­ing body­parts to make them look more attractive”.

When im­ages are shared on­line, there’s ad­di­tional processes like scal­ing and com­pres­sion. Any screen you look at a pho­to­graph on is do­ing its own, in­ter­anl op­ti­mi­sa­tions to it.

All of this is to say, dig­i­tal im­ages have a lim­ited link with re­al­ity (certainly not the chem­i­cal in­dex that ana­logue ma­te­r­ial rep­re­sents).

Let’s make a dig­i­tal film that ex­plores some of the in­her­ent char­ac­ter­is­tics of dig­i­tal im­ages (in the same way the struc­tural­ists made films abotu ana­logue film-mak­ing).

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Friday, Febuary 8th

Let’s step away from this stuff for a sec­ond.

Predictive text po­ems

Tap the first one 20 times.

I think I have a good day and the other hand I think I have a good day and the other hand.

Left, Middle, Right

I have to say it but I think it’s a good day at the mo­ment is that you have a good time to be the first half and we have to say it but it is not just a good time.

John Berger’, then left

John Berger said that the first half and we have to say it but I think it’s a good day and the other hand I think I have a good day and the other hand I think I have a good day and the other hand I think I have a good day and the other hand I think I have a good day and the other hand I think I have a good day

Only mid­dle sug­ges­tion:

Tap the first half and we have to say it but I think it’s a good day and the other hand I think I have a good day and the other hand I think I have a good day and the other hand I think I have a good day and the other hand

Only right sug­ges­tion:

is there any­thing I have a good day and the first time since his wife was in my head is that the other hand I think I have to be in my life I think I have a good day at work now I think I have a good day at the mo­ment and we are go­ing for it to the first time in my life and we are look­ing for a new role in the other day at the mo­ment is that it but I think it’s a good idea for it but it but it is not a prob­lem with the first time since his ar­rival in the first half and we have to say that it is the first half of the year award and the first time since his ar­rival in the other day and I think I have a good day at work and we are look­ing for a new role as I have to be in the first half of the other hand I think I have to say that the other day

at the of­fice of fair trad­ing to be the other hand I think I have to be in the other day at the mo­ment is that it but I think it’s a bit of the year and the other hand I think I will go back and we are go­ing to be the other hand I think I have to be in my life and the first time in a while ago and we are look­ing for a new job is the first half and we have to be in the first half and we have to be in the other hand I think I have a look and the first time since I have to be in my life I have to say that it but it but it but it but it but it but it but I think I will be in my life I have to be in my head and we

A’, then only left sug­ges­tion

And I think I have a good day and the other hand I think I have a good day and the other hand I think I have a good day and the other hand I think I have a good day and the other hand I think I have a good day and the other hand I think I have a good day and the other hand I

Ways of sub­vert­ing ma­chines/​sys­tems:

All of these tend to go back to the hu­man cre­ator: Look at was this ge­nius artist made this ma­chine do. Sunspring is (maybe) more of an equal col­lab­o­ra­tion. Obvious Art made the Sotheby’s paint­ing.

Friday, Febuary 22

This week: Time and the dig­i­tal.

Recursive in­sta­gram story

Friday, March 1

Otto Ford Otto Ford Source