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When making becomes divination: Uncertainty and contingency in computational glitch-events

Marenko, Betti (2015) When making becomes divination: Uncertainty and contingency in computational glitch-events. Design Studies. ISSN 0142-694X

Type of Research: Article
Creators: Marenko, Betti

This article investigates those aspects of computation that concern uncertainty, contingency and indeterminacy. Starting from a critique of current dominant models of computation, and drawing on the philosophical notions of the virtual and the event, uncertainty, contingency and indeterminacy are proposed as virtualities that express the ongoing differentiation of digital matter. On these grounds, the glitch is reframed as an event capable of revealing the potential of the digital in processes of computational making. Ideas concerning the incomputable and non-human intelligence of the algorithm underpin this argument. Finally, it is proposed that intuitive and uncognitive modes of apprehending digital making operate as forms of divination that capture the unprogrammed unfolding of matter.

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Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: philosophy of design; computational models; digital design; design processes;uncertainty
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Elsevier (Cell Press)
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Date: September 2015
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2015 12:37
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2020 19:46
Item ID: 8663
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/8663

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