[-empyre-] discussion statement

In Media Art, the interest to immerse the audience in nomadic and visceral
hybrid environments with access to both real and virtual characters is of
great interest. Historically this interest has evolved from the coding of
the represented body, as well as the desire to transform and radicalise the
stage and explore the spaces of mixed realities by using new technologies.
With references from performance art, video art and new media the
representation of the human body, the roles of the audience and the design
of the stage have been transformed over the last three decades by analog,
digital and mediated technologies. In the seventies, the mediums of analog
video and sound were often used to de-code various political and dualistic
performance works/body actions. By the mid 80s, artists questioned the
pluralistic levels of post-modern coded information and played with the
seductive role of digital manipulation. While the focus in new media
environments from the nineties, was to incorporate multiple choice, virtual
characters and object-oriented interfaces as well as create new roles for
the audience and the performers.
Currently I think the future of media art lies in the fact that our
perceptions of time, space, object, body and the represented character, can
be more influenced by the discoveries and ethics of science, than by
advances in technology itself. How will Media Art be effected by these
influences? How might explorations into natural and cognitive sciences
serve to further shift our definitions of Media art and body, as well as
our representations, audience roles and interactive responses?

Jill Scott

Prof. Dr. Jill Scott
Media Artist
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Prof.Dr Jill Scott
Forschung & Entwicklung
Research & Development
Institute of Cultural Studies
Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Zürich
School of Art and Design Zurich
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