These are some thoughts I’ve gathered over the past few years on how to deconstruct and reconstruct reality. This is intended as a philosphical grounding to inform creative practice, written mainly for a current project with Edie Jo Murray. …


originally published 2017

Turing:

I hereby open this seminar on the extinction of humans. …


originally published 2017

Composition in Line by Piet Mondrian, 1917 [public domain image]

In 1917, Piet Mondrian and colleagues launched the journal De Stijl, to document and promote their increasingly abstract art, design and architecture. They believed in a quasi-religious philosophy which held that humanity progresses from physical or natural…


A short story.

Image courtesy Chanel van Eeden

It is said the Italians invented pizza, but this dish was carried to such absurd depths in America that it was (perhaps inevitably) elevated to cosmological status.

It was in the American state of Texas — itself flat as a plain cheese pizza — that a beautiful…


How we make meaning over time, space and multiple perspectives.

This is the fourth and last in a series of articles about information (here is the previous article). …


A computational view of information as an active entity.

This is the third in a series of articles about information (here are the first and second). …


Why this is not a war, and why we should take a systems perspective.

I’ve been teaching systems thinking to postgraduate design students, and one key reference has been on my mind during the pandemic: Dancing with Systems by Donella Meadows. She was a renowned biophysicist, best known for the…


How we make meaning from patterns that perpetuate.

This is the second of a series of articles about information (here is the first one). …


This is the first of a series of articles about information. I am collecting all my notes from years of teaching into these informal articles, and updating them as new information comes in and as my views change.

I have a love-hate relationship with technology. I make no secret of…


This article uses a conversational model grounded in cybernetics to frame a critical discussion about machine learning, by dissecting the terms ‘machine’ and ‘learning’ through conversations with artists using the technology. Their creative and critical perspectives on practice, combined with relevant insights from theory, raise questions about the limits of…

Kevin Walker

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