Accessibility creates value.

Public art, free entry and regeneration projects require hefty investments.

But these investments are heavily rewarded. They render a society more appealing — they bring tourism, instigate redevelopment, raise awareness and encourage integration.

One of the campaigns for the new Tate Modern proclaims: ‘Art can be anything… It’s not the object that makes the art it’s the idea’.

Taking the notion of art from object/ commercial to thought/ enlightening facilitates its accessibility. The concept of scarcity is integral to value but this need not impede visibility. …

In 1996, Deep Blue, a chess-playing computer developed by IBM, was the first machine to win a chess match against the world champion Garry Kasparov. Since then, artificial intelligence has gone down a rapid development trajectory, now even questioning the divide between technology and creativity.

Machines can now make art ‘like humans’.

Pushing past the notion of the machine as the extension of the artist, Harold Cohen, former artist and professor at the University of California San Diego, designed Aaron, an art-creating program that can paint still life and portraits of human figures without photos or other human input as reference. …

It is undeniable that this generation is experiencing a period of drastic change and facing the resulting societal tensions. What is the role of art and artists within this?

If an artistic movement can be taken as constituting a campaign, undertaken to advance and appropriate this change, it becomes clear that a new movement must take centre stage. …


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