Re: [-empyre-] nice

Hello everyone,
I don't know if any discussions is ever representational. But as a life-time lurker (my online life started somewhere around cybermind when was this, 1994? 1996? - not sure) - I have watched listened, and gained so much from internet lists as a 'silent' partner. I think it is very easy to overlook the people who are here, not writing, but always fully participating. And by making claims for representation we tend to do that, and make blunt (often incorrect) assumptions about each other. A conversation is not only the people who open their mouths and rattle the keys. Instead the issue which i find more interesting here is one of voices. The discussion about online presentation for me is about voice and disclosure. Paul may label a voice academic, I might find myself hidden in between it's phrase, lost for words, silent, but not un-represented. All exchanges are influenced by position, location and voice. (Donna Haraway's essay on situated knowledge comes into play for me here) And this exchange cannot be separated out, we cannot discuss nz/ aotearoa digital/ new media practice without navigating our way through this water, and writing and re writing our networks and our philosophies, but as Ian Clothier recently wrote on the ADA list, this is in reality an extended boundary. Aotearoa does not stop or start at the foreshore :) For me, a mutability of practice which negotiates some of these paths, includes my practice as a digital artist, and my writing, but most importantly the thrill of exchange is found in the opportunity to listen to people with very different agendas, experiences, positions and locations,... a difference in kind.

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