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March Edition of the WEDGWOOD MUSE
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This month we're talking about the ways we use technology to create art, a fun story of ordinary people who curated and amassed their visual art collection, and the continued relevance of short film in culture. 

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Google’s Artificial Brain Is Pumping Out Trippy—And Pricey—Art

 
 

By: Cade Metz

ON FRIDAY EVENING, inside an old-movie-house-cum-art-gallery at the heart of San Francisco’s Mission district, Google graphics guru Blaise Agüera y Arcas delivered a speech to an audience of about eight hundred geek hipsters.

He spoke alongside a series of images projected onto the wall that once held a movie screen, and at one point, he showed off a nearly 500-year-old double portrait by German Renaissance painter Hans HolbeinThe portrait includes a strangely distorted image of a human skull, and as Agüera y Arcas explained, it’s unlikely that Holbein painted this by hand. He almost certainly used mirrors or lenses to project the image of a skull onto a canvas before tracing its outline. “He was using state-of-the-art technologies,” Agüera y Arcas told his audience.

Neural networks are not only driving the Google search engine but spitting out art for which some people will pay serious money.

His point was that we’ve been using technology to create art for centuries—that the present isn’t all that different from the past. 



See full story at Wired

How a Working-Class Couple Amassed a Priceless Art Collection


By: Jed Lipinski
 

Herb Vogel never earned more than $23,000 a year. Born and raised in Harlem, Vogel worked for the post office in Manhattan. He spent nearly 50 years living in a 450-square-foot one-bedroom apartment with his wife, Dorothy, a reference librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library. They lived frugally. They didn’t travel. They ate TV dinners. Aside from a menagerie of pets, Herb and Dorothy had just one indulgence: art. But their passion for collecting turned them into unlikely celebrities, working-class heroes in a world of Manhattan elites.
 

See full story in on mentalfloss.com

Why Short Films Are Still Thriving

 
By: Katharine Schwab

 

It’s night. The city lights twinkle. A man and woman stand in the middle of an empty road. They’re awkward, but adorably so. He’s about to kiss her until—

“CUT! I don’t like this.” A man explodes out of his stomach—the kisser is revealed to be a puppet, controlled by someone else, who isn’t happy about how the first-kiss scene is proceeding. Another “puppeteer” erupts out of the woman’s body and retorts, “Get back in your people puppet; this is amazing!”

“It’s clichéd, I’ve seen it before!” says the first man, unimpressed.

 

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