Gordon Monro

Country

AUS

Affliliation

Monash University, Australia

Biography

Gordon Monro is a digital media artist who works across several media.  He has created digital prints, abstract videos and computer-based installations and composed musical works, both computer-generated and for acoustic instruments. Gordon describes himself as a generative artist: much of his practice consists of writing computer programs that generate part or all of an artwork.  He has a scientific background and much of his work relates in some way to mathematical or scientific concepts.

Gordon's works have been exhibited or performed in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Asia and the Americas, and broadcast nationally in Australia. He is currently undertaking a PhD in the Faculty of Art and Design at Monash University in Melbourne, working in generative art.

Paper

The  Image in the Age of Computer Agency

Abstract

Walter Benjamin identified the loss of the 'aura' associated with the uniqueness of an artwork that occurred when distribution of mechanical reproductions became prevalent.  In this paper I discuss the loss of another aura, that of the authorial agency of the artist, brought about by handing over part of the creative work to a computer program.  Here I am not concerned with collages, appropriation and the like, which can be seen as distributed authorship, but with the situation where part of the authorship can reasonably be assigned to a computational process that makes autonomous aesthetic judgements.  Examples are discussed in areas ranging from everyday experience with digital media and technology to experiments on the frontiers of art.

Date

Thursday 29 September

Session

11:00am - 12.30pm

Speaking

11:50am

Email

gordon@gommog.com

Website

www.gommog.com
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