Picture: © Rosa Menkman
All images – and this also applies to the computer-generated digital image – are designed artifacts. The digital image poses special challenges to the entities involved – technology, science, art – and enables unexpected applications. These areas are connected in various ways: on a reflexive level in the field of artistic research, as a creative shaping of digital data in pixels and graphics, or as aesthetics of machine algorithms in novel works of art. Central to all is the creative impulse for dealing with the digital.
At the fifth conference of the priority program “The Digital Image”, which will take place in Marburg and online from July 7 to 9, 2022, we would like to devote ourselves to this aspect in detail and map various positions, illuminate approaches, and address problems. What is the relationship between the two cultural variables of art and science in the digital? What role do visualizations of abstract program codes play and what do we learn from looking into the black box AI? What are the historical implications of the genesis of the digital in the mathematical sciences, starting with the founders of computer science Alan Turing and John von Neumann? How do artists use specific properties and attributes of the digital image and how do they expand the creative possibilities or even the concept of art?
Are algorithms to be considered only as a tool for art, or are new kinds of cultural aesthetics emerging? Does the digital image change creative production, or should it rather be seen as a communication tool for artists?
The conference will provide an opportunity to look at exemplary phenomena and to compile descriptions, analyses and theses. The aim is to identify intersections from different disciplines and at the same time to reflect current research discourses from a new point of view. Details on the transdisciplinary projects of the first funding period can be found on our homepage: https://www.digitalesbild.gwi.uni-muenchen.de/das-digitale-bild/ .
Thursday, July 7th 2022:
1 pm: Alexander Galloway, “Digital Images Without Computers”
2 pm: Rosa Menkman, “Untangling resolution”