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Jon Ippolito and Joline Blais, “At the Edge of Art”

by Stewart Brand on December 17th, 02007

Jon Ippolito Joline Blais

Artibodies

Art, like the antibodies in our immune system, creates alien forces in service of the whole. It anticipates threats and models them. It is a diversity agent.

Two forms of that process were explained and shown by Ippolito and Blais: perversion, and execution.

One example of the perverse is the software called “Shredder” that takes any Web page and turns it inside out, making obvious what is hidden (the code) and small what is large (the surface images). You can try it here – give it a web page URL…

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