[Link] Art, AI & Crypto

To Learn: What is an NTF?

Seth Goldstein takes photos of the sunset every day and then train an AI model to turn it into a 30-second MP4 video, & puts it up for sale.  If anyone can copy a video, how dose he make his work unique? He turns it into a NFT (a Non-Fungible Token).


[Link] Never too late

Alison Barnes, writing in the Guardian, about joining art class:

When you leave work you’re usually an expert in whatever you did. Then you start something new and everyone is younger than you, they know more than you do, they’re probably better at risk-taking, I think they’re better educated. It’s easy to feel intimidated. But remember you have skills that you’ll be able to build on.

The Power of Patience: the value of deceleration & immersive attention [Article]

Professor of history of art & architecture, Jennifer L Roberts describes the experience that her students go through when required to write an intensive research paper based on a single work of art of their own choosing.

Before doing any research in books or online, the student would first be expected to go to the Museum of Fine Arts, where it hangs, and spend three full hours looking at the painting, noting down his or her evolving observations as well as the questions and speculations that arise from those observations. The time span is explicitly designed to seem excessive. 

Father Philanthrophy [Video/ Article]

The incredible story of an artist / forger, Mark Landis, whose work fooled the most astute of art critics for over 30 years. He’d dress up as an Jesuit priest, & donate his work to institutions & art museums. He’s never got any money for the trouble he took, & has never been charged with any crime.  Also begs the question, what do those art critics actually critic?

What determines life span? [art/article]

Photographer / blogger Yunfan Tan chronicles the lifespan of plants of all sizes, & this article, referring to it, claims that Life is short for small creatures, longer in big ones. Not true, say the biologists who have commented on this blog post, & caution us against mistaking art for research. Interesting pictures, nonetheless.