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Defined by failures

“Whatever you now find weird, ugly, uncomfortable and nasty about a new medium will surely become its signature. CD distortion, the jitteriness of digital video, the crap sound of 8-bit – all of these will be cherished and emulated as soon as they can be avoided. It’s the sound of failure: so much modern art is the sound of things going out of control, of a medium pushing to its limits and breaking apart. The distorted guitar sound is the sound of something too loud for the medium supposed to carry it. The blues singer with the cracked voice is the sound of an emotional cry too powerful for the throat that releases it.

Brian Eno


Seeing the strings attached by Austin Kleon

That bit about the strings the signs of the human hand made me think about the way AI blends images together — you can’t see the seams!

The seams are what is so good to me about collage. The seams show the different origins of the material. They tell me that a human made it.

And to a certain extent it’s true for all the art I like: the imperfections…


“Artists; you do know, don’t you, That your mistakes are your style.”
Jerry Saltz

(via Austin Kleon)

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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