Causality, poetics, and grammatology: the role of computation in machine seeing

Emsley, Iain (2021) Causality, poetics, and grammatology: the role of computation in machine seeing. AI and Society, 36. pp. 1225-1231. ISSN 0951-5666

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Digitised collections and born digital items, such as photos or video, exist beyond the scale of human viewing. New methods are required to read, understand and work with the data, resulting in computation becoming increasingly central to both creation of a cultural reality and as the interpretative tool and practice. If artists’ look, then how might a machine see as a critical tool? Developing work on computational culture and the Next Rembrandt project as unstable digital object, this paper considers how the medium affects computational critical practice. Drawing on Heidegger’s view of causality and Derrida’s grammatology, this paper explores how the medium acts a locus between the human and machine readings and the remediations that occur within the reading. This is developed as through a reading of how the interface translates the signs and symbols and how this affects the reading. By reconsidering the critical assemblage and using it to think with, the human and the machine are seen as critical partners. Attending to the materialities of the reading through a playful approach that decentres potential meaning encourages us to glimpse beneath the surface and gestures towards a critical practice as understanding both computation and its materiality.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Arts and Humanities > Media and Film
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Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2020 07:15
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2022 09:45

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