Abstract

ABSTRACT:

With artificial intelligence making inroads into the arts, a critique of aesthetic AI still needs to be written. To this end, this article argues that first, one must do away with the "Promethean anxiety" that assesses machine-created works by the standards of human-made ones, and second, one must turn to the technical substrate of such works for criteria of aesthetic critique. The article takes digital literature as an example and suggests a distinction between the "sequential paradigm" of linear algorithms and the "connectionist paradigm" of neural networks. Such media-specificity finds its aesthetic correlate in the medium-specificity of text and image.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6520
Print ISSN
1063-1801
Pages
pp. 203-231
Launched on MUSE
2022-04-28
Open Access
No
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