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Ami Clarke: Author of the Blank Swan

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.

Paperback: 86 pages
Publisher: Banner Repeater 2016
Printed: 2016 in the United Kingdom.

ISBN 978-0-9929176-3-0

Dimensions: 12 x 0.9 x 17 cm

Edition: 1st edition paperback of 200 copies

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