The Fine Art
I.C.E. Summer School
July 5, 2013
A society grows great when old
men plant trees whose shade they
know they shall never sit in.
Carolus Linnaeus, 1732
1 , 9 0 0 , 0 0 0
(number of identified species as of 2010)
avant la lettre
Digital Universe Study, 2012
The global data supply reached 2.8
zettabytes, or 2.8 trillion GB in 2012.
Just 0.5% of this is used for analysis.
“If you asked me to describe the rising
philosophy of the day, I’d say it is data-ism.”
We now have the ability to gather huge amounts of data.
This ability seems to carry with it certain cultural assumptions:
that everything that can be measured should be measured;
that data is a transparent and reliable lens that allows us to filter out
emotionalism and ideology; that data will help us do remarkable things.
David Brooks / The Philosophy of Data
Technology is the most powerful
force on the planet. In fact,
humanity is a tool itself, and,
like all living things, technology
evolves, demonstrating certain
unconscious “urges” and “wants”
in the process.
Technology cannot be held back.
But we can try to optimize its
benefits for human culture, even
while potentially trying to limit
the amount of technology in our
own lives. kevin kelly
Sergey Semonov - multi-stichted ultra-high resolution aerial panorama of Central Park and environs
"The most interesting aspect for me, composing exclusively with
patterns, is that there is not one organizational procedure more
advantageous than another, perhaps because no one pattern ever
takes precedence over the others. The compositional concentration
is solely on which pattern should be reiterated and for how long."
Morton Feldman / Why Patterns?
4535 Time magazine covers, 1923-2008 - Lev Manovich and Jeremy Douglass / Software Studies Initiative (softwarestudies.com) / 2009-2010
Lev Manovich et al - Mapping Time: 4535 Time magazine covers, 1923-2009