23rd October 2020

Anna Olszewska (Akademia Górniczo-Hutnicza)

Rembrandt’s entropy debates: abbreviated history of algorithmic image analysis.

In one of his introductions to information aesthetics philosopher – Max Bense has described experiments with Rembrandt studies of sitting women. The aim of the trial was to check intersubjective evaluation of van Rijn’s works against a normalized aesthetic measure meshed in the image’s “rasterentropy”. Bense’s experiments in early 1960’s anticipated attempts in what was about to become a new burgeoning academic field – computer. Debates on the virtues (and vicissitudes) of algorithmic gaze link to general questions on perception, memory, and limits of computing.


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