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MAY 2024
Special Issue |AI

We are very pleased to announce the publication of the a Special Issue  of MASCULAR Magazine: AI.

The arrival of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is unquestionably going to impact many aspects of our lives. From the big tech companies to governments and pundits, we are being told that AI is going to “change everything”. For some, this is the most exciting development since the internet. For others, all these promises bring probing questions. It doesn’t help that the motives of the AI development community are at best questionable and at worst, nefarious. 

 

Like any new technology, AI can be used the pursuit of positive as well as negative objectives – it depends on the user. And as is the case with many new developments, we are well advised to create a framework for the positive application of new technology within our society. This applies to the creative arts as well. 

 

MASCULAR Magazine is proud to provide a platform for a discussion on how best to respond to the advent of AI within the arts. What are the opportunities and what are the risks? How is the creation, representation and dissemination of art likely to change in the future. Is it really a risk, and if so, to whom? Will AI be a great equaliser and bring the ability to create artwork to new audience who, heretofore, felt unable to communicate artistically. Does AI give us the opportunity to explore exciting new ideas and present new visions that are beyond what we have seen before? 

 

This Special Issue of MASCULAR Magazine has brought together a broad range of voices and expressions of creativity around the advent of AI in art. The contributions in this issue will hopefully make people take stock of what is at hand and what is at risk. 

MASCULAR Magazine is fortunate and honoured to be able to showcase this fascinating and beautiful collection of works. In this issue, you will see things that may resonate with you or that may challenge you, but in any case, they will certainly engage you.

 

DOWNLOAD THE AI SPECIAL ISSUE HERE
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FEBRUARY 2024
Issue No. 39 |BLUE

We are very pleased to announce the publication of issue No. 39 of MASCULAR Magazine: BLUE.

Perhaps the most noble of the spectrum, the colour Blue can be powerful or subtle, calming or cold. Through the ages, it has been given many names. From clear to deep, navy or sapphire, cerulean, indigo and aqua – all are different kinds of blue showing the enormous range of mood and feel this colour can evoke. In painting, it was the most expensive of pigments. Perhaps it is its ethereal qualities that make it so powerful – while the sky is often blue, and ours planet is a little blue ball, we can’t actually reach out and experience that kind of blue. Apparently, blue symbolises security, trust and loyalty – the men in blue? Dark blue is associated with knowledge, power and integrity – the blue suit?

The world blue finds its origin in old Germanic languages meaning shimmering and lustrous. With a wavelength of between 450 and 495 nanometres, all the definitions and technicalities fall short of the amazing thing that is blue. From blue eyes to blue bruises, from blue jeans to blue ink – it’s part and parcel of how we experience and interact with the world. But it is all that it seems? Had a hint of red or yellow and it totally loses its cool. There’s no blue food. For all the strength and dignity that it represents, blue also seems to have a fragility about it. When you skin turns blue, that’s not a good thing. Is blue over used? Let's see what our amazing contributors have to say about BLUE.

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MASCULAR Magazine is fortunate and honoured to be able to showcase this fascinating and beautiful collection of works. In this issue, you will see things that may resonate with you or that may challenge you, but in any case, they will certainly engage you.

 

DOWNLOAD THE BLUE ISSUE HERE

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