Re: [-empyre-] experience Vs commerce

indeed all heads toward entropy, and what i find ironic is that the
digital has the potential for longevity far greater than any physical
thing, assuming the power stays on.


Patrick Lichty wrote:
> > "The variable media paradigm also asks artists to choose the most
> > appropriate strategy for dealing with the inevitable slippage that
> > results from translating to new mediums: storage, emulation,
> > migration, or reinterpretation."
> >
> > maintaining a codebase definitely falls within the realm of migration.
> > if i were in the lucky position of being collected by the gugg, its safe
> > to assume that in the future they would call me first when it became
> > necessary to migrate. if i'm alive, migrate, if i'm dead, emulate.
> Precisely.
> In addition, what is the problem with objects disintegrating or being lost?
> In the long term, everything we know will be annhilated.  Even centuries-old
> oils darken and degrade.  The really quite funny analogy here is the
> collector that wants their digital print to last as long as an oil or
> tempera, which is far longer than many watercolors.  In addition, the Starns
> twins, who have done quite well for themselves are already seeing their work
> disintegrate before their eyes.  Pollock's works are falling apart right and
> left at the moment.  So what if a work disintegrates in a few years.
> I know that two or three of my best known pieces have a limited timespan,
> and the best to them.
> All art is ephemeral.  Everything heads towards entropy.  It's just the
> question of how important is it to us to delay the inevitable.
> I find the preservation argument rather ironic.
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