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FEATURES brings together articles and essays that explore art history, contemporary culture and global developments in politics and technology.
Features Posted on 17.06.19Art, the Anthropocene, and the grim, dark future of Warhammer 40K
Gaming offers an imaginative space in which new worlds may be conceived or old worlds replicated. In light of the Christchurch shooting, many are examining video games and related subcultures to understand how the alt-right appropriates specific imagery, breeding ideology online. Tom Jeffreys, instead, looks at how contemporary artists re-appropriate this same material, specifically from Warhammer 40K, in order to potentialise freer, queerer futures.Read more
Features Posted on 25.01.19Creative AIs and Law: Future Models
With the field of AI developing by leaps and bounds, what legal rights are granted to autonomous non-human beings? In her new series, Giulia Trojano considers the present and future legality of AI. Her investigation began by examining content produced by creative AIs in light of existing and potential copyright protection in Part 1. Now, in Part 2, Trojano questions associations between authorship and personhood, by posing the hypothetical situation of a runway collaboration between creative AIs.Read more
Features Posted on 30.11.18Creative AIs and Law: Copyright Protection
With the field of AI developing by leaps and bounds, what legal rights are granted to autonomous non-human beings? In her new series, Giulia Trojano considers the present and future legality of AI. Her investigation begins by examining content produced by creative AIs in light of existing and potential copyright protection.Read more
Features Posted on 28.09.18The Question of Human Genetic Engineering: The Future
The field of human genetic engineering is on the brink of changing the world. But how did it get to this point, and what does the future hold? This week we are publishing the final part of the series, which considers new developments in genetic engineering in relation to ethics and bio-capitalism. Chatterjee's central question is not how this new biotechnology will be used, but how will it be regulated? With private companies and biohackers alike pushing for deregulation, albeit on different grounds, Chatterjee's urgent calls for governmental regulation of genetic engineering suggest that the fight for the future is already here.Read more
Features Posted on 14.09.18Conversations on Art and Science: Part 4, Finding a Home
When creative practitioners – and that includes artists, writers, scientists, academics etc – start to produce work that challenges existing disciplinary frameworks, certain questions always arise: where should this new work go? What should we call it? Who will offer it a home?Read more
Features Posted on 24.08.18Conversations on Art and Science: Part 3, Transforming Research into Art
As contemporary artists increasingly engage with science and technology as sites of knowledge and power, sources of funding, or productive collaborators, artist Crystal Bennes and writer Tom Jeffreys discuss some of the key ideas, challenges, and possibilities in a series of conversations. Part 3 explores the concept of research and its relationship with art.Read more