[-empyre-] living traces of past practices

Date: Sat, 01 May 2004 20:01:33 -0700
From: Christina McPhee <christina112@earthlink.net>

How is the live memory trace of early experimental video practice important? Might the cybernetic 'play' of "liken" a feedback revival of seventies visions of art as a transforming social practice?

Hello all.

I was wondering if the criticalartware team could address the idea of experimental archives. While visiting the fluid landscape of Liken, some associations came to mind that suggested the fantastical rather than the encyclopedic (or the encyclopedic as fantastical). For example, Gulliver's giant body and the Lilliputan architecture necessary to contain him or Don Quixote attacking those giant windmills. Could the Liken project be read in terms of its fabulous (fable-like) aspiration? In other words, to what extent is Liken a performance (i.e., creating an archivable present) and to what extent is it a mapped archive of the past?

FYI, for the majority of those who will not be familiar with my work, I am a media artist involved in creation of experimental software for interactive video that, in a couple of instances, explicitly references specific cinematic works of the 1970s. My most recent work-in-progress involves collaborative annotation of online streaming video (The Interrupting Annotator), and the problematics of my project raises similar questions for me as those I am posing for the criticalartware team.


Barbara Lattanzi

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