Tools of Distorted Creativity

  • Cornelia Sollfrank (Contributor)

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesFestival/Exhibition

    Description generator (software/exhibition)

    The generator is an easy-to-use, multi-layered tool for making artistic images with networked material. By typing in “artist name,” “work title” and specifying width (400–1000 pixels), composition (2–8 images) and file extension (gif, jpeg, or png), anyone can create an infinite number of images by clicking on an icon. Cornelia Sollfrank conceived the general concept of the generator, but others did the programming. The material found on the web is not by Sollfrank either. Although the user specifies the parameters, the machine effectuates the actual creation of the images. With this distributed form, the work questions notions of authorship (who is the artist?), copyright (is it legal to use the material?), and creativity (who creates and how?). It develops further the machine aesthetics Andy Warhol introduced by engaging with the complexities of image making in the age of the Internet as a radically new condition for art. This development results from staging an ambiguous encounter between the artistic possibilities and legal restrictions that this condition presents.
    Period29 Jan 20134 Feb 2013
    Event typeExhibition
    LocationBerlin, GermanyShow on map