Errors in Things and “The Friendly Medium” - Daniel Rourke

Daniel Rourke is a writer and researcher based in London. His work explores the forgotten territories of text and writing, through experiments with alternate art history, post-humanist philosophy, digital noise and fictional science. Daniel is currently undertaking a Practice-Based PhD in Art and Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London. Find him on the web at MachineMachine.Net

In this discussion he talks about what is it about a particular media that makes it successful? Drawing a mini history from printing-press smudges to digital compression artefacts this lecture considers the value of error, chance and adaptation in contemporary media. Biological evolution unfolds through error, noise and mistake. Perhaps if we want to maximise the potential of media, of digital text and compressed file formats, we first need to determine their inherent redundancy. Or, more profoundly, to devise ways to maximise or even increase that redundancy.

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