Re: [-empyre-] Re:oh my god

Great discussion...

1. any code or language is a way of corralling forces (i.e. electrical forces, variations in voltage for example as zeroes and ones, ingredients in a recipe for making cakes, etc) ...for me, language is one way and one way only of gathering forces, a bit like gathering forces into packets to distribute them efficiently across the internet. The mistake, in my view at least, is perhaps to think the gathering comes before the forces, or that any gathering is a matter of language or code... .. also, for me, all this means that language is far from abstract ... its gathering of forces is on every occasion specific and with specific direction and force

2. languages, codes or algorithms are not the only ways to corral forces ... there are techniques which are not codes strictly speaking - or never only codes ... there is, as Ian mentioned, choreography...there is colour and other forms of intensity that seem very difficult to incorporate into codes, etc .. For me, art is firstly about this intensity rather than firstly a communication through codes .... - even when explicitly engaging with codes and languages art (more than for example, the social sciences) deals with the forces involved in acts of coding - or to put this differently art seems to foreground the intensities that codes and algorithms are attempting to grapple with or simply express ... art defined as intensity includes digital art, which deals with digital, networked intensities .... but the temptation is to think that digital art is completely contained within code and algorithm, and even just 'about' code ... this would be like saying that dancing is only about choreography or that music is about the score ...

3. this corralling of forces is not only human of course

4. if you see why language. code and algorithms are not the only participants in networks of forces - then voids, etc become very important precisely in terms of intensities - language, as a coralling of forces has its voids but so do other nexes of forces. All this means that structure is as much about intensity as code or algorithm.

5. networks make this more obvious and they don't just make 'communication' possible - they further intensify intensities. Networks look all the more coded, overcoded, complexly coded, and indeed as interactions of codes and algorithms they are, but it would be a mistake to overlook that in networks which is not coded - the voids certainly but also other forms of intensity ... digital art is a powerful and intense expression of networking precisely when networks are not only taken as code or algorithm,.. digital art is about the dancing of networks ... the music of networks ...

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