Why Aren't We Reading Turing?

Why Aren't We Reading Turing?


By robert jackson.

What if Turing's centenary was not just a way of recapitulating or celebrating the discoveries of his legacy, but a rare chance for unearthing some surprises within Turing's own constructions which reveal new ways of approaching the agency of computation? Robert Jackson reflects on how the humanities and the arts could reclaim the unpredictable elements of Turing's legacy which other fields seemingly ignore.


Robert Jackson, is currently studying an MPhil/PhD at the University of Plymouth, in the research group KURATOR/Arts and Social Technologies, Faculty of Arts and Media (formally Faculty of Technology). His thesis focuses on Algorithmic Artworks, Art Formalism and Speculative Realist Ontologies, looking at digital artworks which operate as configurable units rather than networked systems, and attain independent autonomy themselves which are capable of aesthetics, rather than any supposed primary function as communicative, rational tools.