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     What links cats and Artificial intelligence is not only our perception of them as highly cerebral, with slight or total lack of empathy, but also their proximity to unpredictable outcomes. Yes, we know that if we input such and such into an algorithm it will give such and such back, but the result, programmed but not fixed seems to be unpredictable, and creative. Similarly, cats also touch on this uncertainty.

via @rartcattos on instagram

     Paidia, from the greek « paidia » is a way of describing a sporatic and intuitive way of engaging in play, ungoverned by rules unlike its opposite « ludus ». Seemingly ungoverned by rules, just like A.I., cats allow us to, through their silly unpredictable actions, engage in a sort of « 3rd party » paidia, intuitive play. In this projection of « quirky » playfulness unto the likes of cats and A.I. we distance them from their actual and natural attributes.

Beastly/Tierisch
Beastly/Tierisch
$45.00

  What autonomy has the beast? Beastly/Tierisch engages us in this very question as it seeks to evaluate the role of animals as « autonomous creative entities » uncontrolled by humans and their creations, namely the internet.

picture of Bro (right) next to cat (left) in Beastly/Tierisch
Dear Imaginary Audience
Dear Imaginary Audience
$33.00

We are all familiar with the popularity and sheer volume of cat content on the internet. So why is there so much? Since the 1990s Eva and Franco Mattes have explored the structures and systems that define our social behaviors.

half cat, taxidermy by Eva and Franco Mattes via 0100101110101101.org
 
ceiling cat, taxidermy by Eva and Franco Mattes via Dear Imaginary Audience,
 
Atlas of Anomalous AI
Atlas of Anomalous AI
$45.00

Numerous writers, philosophers, and curators provide a nuanced analysis of Artificial intelligence and its cyclical and parallel relationship to its creators; the humans who built it. Intentionally encouraging reflection on the idea of a purely « cerebral » and computational « entity », Atlas of Analomous A.I. discusses the humanity in A.I..

Automated Photography
Automated Photography
$35.00

As the use of Artificial intelligence in the production of photography becomes intertwined, we see more creators rely on the strange and intriguing possibilities of generative tools in their own photographic practices. Accompanying the exhibition of the Masters in Photography from ECAL, Automated Photography exhibits and discusses the current methods and tools being explored within A.I.

Artificial Music
Artificial Music
$20.00

A look at how generative tools are being employed and experimented with in the use of sound and music production. In part, Artificial Music asks what happens when programing sounds, do artificially generated outcomes that surpass what a human can create?

« ambient music by robots for babies | hyper-realistic, iteration 200 » Artificial Music
Machines And Robots - Edition Digital Culture 5
Machines And Robots - Edition Digital Culture 5
$35.00

Machines and Robots gives a rather complete overview into the potential of digital cultures for the fine arts. Captivating us in ever more all encompassing ways, the role of Artificial Intelligence and digital tools in art and design is playfully explored in Machines and Robots.

(left image) « The British film "Ex Machina" by Alex Garland from 2015 deals with questions of the relevance of distinguishing between man and machine. »  page 117, (right image) « Chico MacMurtrie's "Skeletal Reflections" from 2000 is a three-dimensional, anthropomorphic, and interactive sculpture which imitates human movements »  page 134 Machines and Robots 
« Film still from the final scenes of Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner" from 1982. The dying replicant Roy Batty during his famous "tears in the rain" monologue, where he reflects on the meaning of life  »
page 125 Machines and Robots
 
Figures
Figures
$52.00

Lucas Blalock, while unreliant on Artificial intelligence, uses the same principles. Using chance mathematical arrangements and figures of his own making, Blalock creates imagery that becomes more than the sum of its inputs.

Come and quell your curiosities on these two playful, possibly un-trustworthy, and captivating entities.

memes via @rartcattos on instagram
 
Editor: Anaïs Pyrczak
“Man, Play and Games.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, February 22, 2022. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man,_Play_and_Games.

“Paidia.” Wiktionary. Accessed July 16, 2022. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Paidia.

Patrick, Sylvian. “Why Cats Rule the Internet?” Medium. The Jedi PhD, March 4, 2020. https://medium.com/the-jedi-phd/why-cats-rule-the-internet-93592ebd25a3.


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