Matthew Plummer-Fernandez launches art blogging bot

Digital artist Matthew Plummer-Fernandez, who is a Research Fellow in the Interaction Research Studio at Goldsmiths, has created a tumblr bot that generates descriptions of abstract art. The project is called “Novice Art Blogger” and it is based on Deep Learning algorithms developed by scientists at the University of Toronto. You can read a description of the project on Matthew’s website. You can also follow the art blogging bot on Twitter!

Matthew’s idea has attracted attention from the press. In an interview for Dazed Magazine, he says: I think there is a value in having a machine describe art without the burden of prior art knowledge, art history, trends, and favouritism. It makes us reflect on whether art should be able to stand on its own and elicit unaffected experiences of art, or whether to read art we need that cultural context and formative background, or a mix of both”. The Novice Art Blogger has also been mentioned by Fast CoDesign, DailyDot, Pacific Standard magazine, Blouin Artinfo, Good magazine, etc.

 

 

Ruby Hoette to speak at British fashion education roundtable

MA Fashion course leader Ruby Hoette will be one of the speakers at a roundtable on British fashion education organised by the British Fashion Council. The event will take place on 19 February, starting 7 pm, as part of the Council’s International Fashion Showcase during London Fashion Week.

Other speakers include Frances Corner OBE, Jane Rapley OBE, Andrew Groves and Elinor Renfrew.

#fashchat with Ruby Hoette and Sian Prime

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Do you have a question related to fashion? Whether it’s about the fashion industry, job prospects, sustainability or our MA in Fashion (or whatever else you may have in mind), creative and cultural entrepreneur Sian Prime and Ruby Hoette, the convenor of our fashion programme, will try to provide answers in a live chat on Twitter on Monday, February 17th. You can tweet your questions @GoldsmithsUOL either now or on the day of the chat, using the tag #fashchat. Alternatively, if your question doesn’t fit in 140 characters, you can also email it to communications@gold.ac.uk.