A logic of communication is stored in material artefacts and its expression and distributed embodiment in culture evolves over time.
The art of Leonardo Vargas invokes the ghost of Francis Bacon's disturbing vision but arguably finds itself arriving in an altogether different aesthetic solution to a representation of human identity and the psychological dissonance of individuation.
Where does art stop and the person begin? Is the frame of the canvas the boundary? Is the wall, the room, the building the boundary? Is the audience the definitive edge and boundary condition between the artefact and the meaning or interpretation?
Information encoding for message transmission is a function expressed in (and as) visual culture and which evolves over time.
In this painting of the "human Barbie doll", Swiss artist Stefania Pinsone reflects the self-conscious self-replication of culture, self and art itself. The painting is titled "Valeria Lukyanova (white noise)".
An epigenetic self-replication of the spiritual void, manifest as cultural entities in the contemporary Chinese art of Mi Qiaoming.
Art is that through which we recreate ourselves.
It is a gargantuan investment and leap of faith to assert, predict or seek to influence technological trajectories over a time scale of centuries.
Investment in inscribed permanence and attachment to continuing body or concept and symbol is the very thing which emphasises and reminds us of the ultimate and inevitable transience-into-disassembly-and-nonexistence of this vessel and mind.
Does the method encoded within the representational cultural artefacts of an era indicate a way in which that broader cultural moment can be interpreted or understood ?
Is AI-generated art an omen of things to come ? Are we writing ourselves out of our own story ?
We all find ourselves immersed in a phenomenal soup of information, symbols, narratives and languages of varying diversity, sophistication and complexity...