Through the publication of her 'writing' - word for
word, but notably, not as a copy - Chapter 4 of former options trader
and writer on the philosophy of contingency and technologies of
derivative pricing; Elie Ayache’s influential book The Blank Swan: The
End of Probability, artist Ami Clarke gets to the heart of the claims
made in Ayache's book, directly engaging with the contingency of
writing, as equivalent to pricing in the derivatives markets.
During an ICA London Technology Now series talk they
explored how Jorge Louis Borges' story of Pierre Menard; Author of the
Quixote, central to Ayache’s philosophy, differs from previous ideas of
copying and appropriation, to repeat the contingency of the text.
Ayache’s Blank Swan is a book about writing, pricing
and contingent claims. As part of this discussion he will expand on his
understanding of the writing process and the pricing process, as two
special kinds of processes that do not take place in time or in
probability, like traditional stochastic processes. By thinking through
the derivative markets with regards to what technology is available to
get inside the process of history—to do something that is at once more
active than to passively watch history unfold, and altogether different
from the conceptual activity consisting in predicting and outguessing
history—he claims prediction is not the only room history leaves us.
Title: Ami Clarke, Author of the BLANK Swan. 2016.