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Algorithms in the Age of Art

Digital poetry is stored, bored in clouds.
Love songs are cooled down to 18°C.
Paintings retire in museums.

811Artists are free and struggle for freedom. With society they negotiate critical and conformist art. In authoritarian regimes creativity, curiosity and courage is reduced to silence.

812 Markets of multi digit dollar sales. Networks promote global recognition. Agents generate the buzz for investors. Galleries hold the keys to big bucks. Collectors merge artistic image with wealth and power.

813Sponsors exploit the noble gloss of art. Platforms produce the image of pluralism for their PR. With artistic creativity feudal patrons brush up risky tech. Artists breath life into cold machines.

814Code complements artists. Autonomous agents are the toys of artistic teams. Intuitive robots support the new contemporary. Block-chain recreates the aura of the original. VR and AI allow innovative formats of surprising art.

815Contemporary art will be replaced. Genius programmers, critical hackers and subversive whistle-blowers are the new artists. Cosmic soundtracks and digital voodoo animations have resigned. Intuitive algorithms substitute artists. Coders are the radical avant-garde.

816Corporate narratives take over. Marketing cultivates myths of creativity. Return on investment turns artists into entertaining finger puppets. Contemporary art is how to become number one.

817We may not call it art anymore. Swarms of self-learning machines produce unique metaphors. Autonomous agents supply unpredictable emotions. Quantum codes deliver innovative contradictions.

Leave the elite loftiness of the eternal.
Listen to the un-computable.
Refrain from

About this poem

Cue card poetry is an experiment to make relevant technology accessible by artistic intervention.

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Written on April 06, 2021

Submitted by bob.kastner on July 12, 2021

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Robert Th. Kastner

Bob Kastner has a background in biology and the science of science. A senior consultant in communication, he works for governments, corporate business, the World Bank and the EU Commission. He is founder and manager of Candeed Cue, a Vienna, Austria based company specializing in art & technology communication. more…

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