[-empyre-] re: relational geographies (christina, gair)

Hi Christina,

to follow up on Clemente Padin's
http://www.eale.hpg.ig.com.br/ppi/001.htm and threads

 the demotic underground impulse towards irony,
 declassification, unruliness, wildness never really goes away.. The
'correct' is perpetually undone...

About the 'correct'.. is it like
binarism... locked in the mechanism of being tossed ( perhaps not so randomly) to land on one of it's sides over and over again.

 May i suggest a thread through the idea of eating ....connecting with
 Clemente's ironic live poem pan/pax: To the social geographies suggested in
 his piece./the uruguayan experience of place within a hypperreal or 'fake'
 commodities flux.

Yes, as you point out about embedded contexts and relational geographies,
the in situ live presentation of Clemente's performance is bridged to the hypperreal poem in PANPAZimagine a collaboration between Clemente and Brazil's Alexandre Venera http://www.eale.hpg.ig.com.br ). And also to our respective, individual geographies, cultural environments where we access and link the on-line work.
The bridging of relational-geographies through digital topography collapses the spatio-temporal distances and distinctions unto a uniform surface-screen. Numerous intricacies and subtleties (contexts) remain unknown, unavailable to this virtual homogeneity. This expanding and permeable on-line geography populated by 9,7% of the world is no doubt also correlated to other numerous and layered geographies.
Geography is about context and it is reasonable to think of contexts as ideological filters. The reinforcement of distinct cultural environments may be favoured by geographical circumstances where space and time remain barriers. In May approximated on-line users in Brazil amounted to 7.74%, compared with 13% in Uruguay, 56.88% in the UK, 54.38% in Ireland, 33%,in Australia, 59.1% in the U.S., 52.79% in Canada, 7.03% in South Africa, and 69% in Iceland, and 2.92 in China (from http://www.nua.ie/surveys/how_many_online/)
A culture survives through its shared and repeated use of codes and tools of communication. A culture can only extrapolate from what is (readily) available or accessible whether provided from an immediate environment or from an electronic one. To get to the food thread, Gombrich suggests "context must be supported by prior expectations based on tradition...some years ago there was a story in the papers to the effect that riots had broken out in an underdeveloped country because of rumours that human flesh was being sold in a store. The rumour was traced to food cans with a grinning boy on the label. Here it was the switch of context that caused the confusion. As a rule the picture of fruit, vegetable or meat on a food container does indicate its contents..."
Are relational geographies potential maps, or perhaps even trajectories for relational works of art...as could be the proposed cityscapes by Gair musing on Guy Debord and derive. I encountered the materiality and physicality of a mail-art piece by Clemente Padin in Central Canada a few years ago. He had been invited to participate in a group show tribute to Joseph Beuys which was co-curated by a French woman and a Chilean artist. In the process of preparing the e-lounge I contacted Clemente hoping he would attend in situ...we resolved in the end to present the on-line paz pan project. The binarism of 'the correct' not landing on its 'correct' side this time. To which Clemente explains "Here there are no institutions, neither public neither private, that help to the art neither to promote to the artists in the exterior. Except if the artist allied with the official art and to the Ministries of Culture and Art. It is not my case."


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