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

"digital art is about the
dancing of networks ... the music of networks ..."


many many thanks



> De : Andrew Murphie <>
> Répondre à : soft_skinned_space <>
> Date : Wed, 12 Nov 2003 18:03:39 +1100
> À : soft_skinned_space <>
> Objet : 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 ...
> best , a
> --
> "I thought I had reached port; but I seemed to be cast
> back again into the open sea" (Deleuze and Guattari, after Leibniz)
> Dr Andrew Murphie - Senior Lecturer
> School of Media and Communications, University of New South Wales,
> Sydney, Australia, 2052
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