This is a sort of non-essay, capturing of thoughts, I had one night, after having the question “What's your definition of art, though?” posed at me by Netwurker Mez, on Twitter. It was asked in response to my posting something about wanting to believe art mattered. I'm not sure if these notes get anywhere near that, but in writing them, I got nearer to remembering why art can be interesting, and worth sharing.
Trying to find your way through the myriad ‘performance spaces’ of the web continues to challenge and excite me. It’s interesting, using social media spaces like FaceBook and Twitter and blogging, to develop different aspects of personality or practice. Even in my most trivial moments I’m aware of how the web is used and what the demands and prejudices of it are. Or, more precisely, let me qualify that statement: I’m still learning what those demands and prejudices are.
Anthony Gormleys' latest project One & Other, which is taking place on the Fourth Plinth (why do I insist on the caps?) at Trafalgar Square in London, is all at once: incredibly simple and very complex. Is it even, in fact, art? If we decide that it is art, then what kind of art is it?
When I first became interested and aware of digital art and Net art etcetera, (etcetera being not just shorthand for everything else, but a sign that I can't recall all the various monikers that have been used to describe them) I was working as a Technical Communicator for Marconi. I was writing the manuals for the electronic bits and pieces that fitted into neat boxes and were installed to make the Internet. I used to say that we should be more involved with every aspect of understanding the Internet, because we WERE the Internet!
More rough notes from Ars Electronica.
Paul keller (ars)
Existing rights holders don't use their rights that they have because they await a time when someone will turn up to pay them a fortune for those rights. Knowledge land project. An attempt to digitise all the media.. copyrights in the netherlands do not allow for granting rights yet.
150 euros to digitise and put on line but theyar don't have the rights to do so yet. Youtube takes the stuff that people have no outlet for. There are many pages of the web that tries to creat these online archives
In trying to write an essay on some aspect of media arts, it's difficult sometimes to find your way through the malaise of information coming at you when you free type and try to capture as many ideas as possible in one session, that's the whole idea sometimes of just getting stuck in and finding out where the sentences lead you.
This is just a brief essay that I've quickly scanned through whilst checking out Google findings for art criticism. Will have a proper read and reflect on this later, but it's shockingly late now and despite a late start on the whole day, i'm feeling weary. The essay is a few years old but ties in with various books just brought on Amazon. Bloody books, bloody easy pay methods. Bloody internet!
I was recently at an unworkshop at the Institute Of Creative Technology, DeMontfort Uni (I'm also dong my phd there, part time). Amongst the attendees were Martin Reiser, Jess Laccetti and others, including Prof Sue Thomas, mine and Jess's supervisor. We were trying to tackle the subject of transliteracy (the ability to think and work across multiple platforms, from orality to new media objects).
Sometimes, when you've been really close to a problem for some time, and you've focussed in on finding your way towards a solution, you end up right there deep in the thick of it. Your theoretical analysis can often be made of only those texts that directly relate to the issues at hand.
The Revolution of Everyday Life - Raoul Vaneigem. For me, this book is the accompaniment to The Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord. I’m often calling into action the ideas of Situationism and political writings to draw some conclusions about what I’m exploring in media (mediated?) arts. Why do I attempt to do this? I’m not sure. I have no fixed agenda in this regard. I merely find that it is both an interesting framework to hang some of the ideas upon, and allows me space to explore some of those ideas for myself. To see how much I’ve understood. Partially, as I think on it more, it may be because so many of the ideas within political stances, have some kind of direct reflection in the media arts.
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