Re: [-empyre-] Re: empyre Digest, Vol 8, Issue 15

Hello Michelle (T) and all:

Recently I read ­in Cluster Magazine, an issue on interaction design -- that
there are  12 computer chips for every person on the planet and many are
connected through the internet.  The issue went on to quote Lev Manovich as
saying that computation, telecommunication and interface would soon ³be
incorporated into a variety of objects and space²  AND that ³one day every
surface may potentially function as a screen connected to networks.²

One of the wonderful things to me about your Telematic Dinner Party and
Picnics is how the screen and keyboard are used minimally, or not at all.  I
wonder if you could write about this?

-- Helen

on 7/19/05 5:45 PM, at wrote:

> Hi Hellen
> And if I might add to that. I am also interested in what are the
> effects/affects of entering into and participating in a social ritual of a
> networked connection and also the preparation ritual of building objects,
> making food, etc. At a profound level, it is almost impossible to
> communicate one's personal responses when you are in the middle of what is
> happening. Imprints and traces from the experience resurface at
> unpredictable moments. Stories are passed on to others, themselves a form
> of documentation. I remember reading an interview with Allan Kaprow who
> talked the inadequacy of film or photography for capturing what actually
> goes on during a performance, and put more value on gossip as documention.
> Personal storytelling vs the mechanical eye of the camera.
> By staging these events in public locations, we hope to provoke a social
> reimagination of what is a networked space, both for those people directly
> involved, as well as accidental encounters by strangers.
> The resonances of making or witnessing an object perform inappropriately,
> participating in a strange ritual, or having an insignificant space like a
> patch of grass transformed into a data portal to another location, are
> still yet to be known.
> This is the itch that needs to be scratched and gets me out of bed in the
> morning.
> best
> Michelle Teran
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>> Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2005 11:45:47 -0400
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>> Hello all:
>> Reading Michelle Teran¹s post, I began to think about value ? and how in
> much of the work we have seen on the networked_performance blog value is
> created during interactions between people.
>> There's a history here. Remember Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz and
> ³Hole in Space²? One of the classic art-telecommunication projects of
> all
>> time, it took place over a period of three evenings in  November 1980.
>> On the first evening, unsuspecting pedestrians walking past the Lincoln
> Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, came face-to-face with
> life-sized television images of unsuspecting pedestrians walking past
> "The
>> Broadway" department store in Century City, Los Angeles. And visa versa.
> There were no explanations.   3000 miles apart, they could see one
> another;
>> they could hear and they could speak with one another.
>> The second evening saw growing numbers of people populating the streets
> as
>> word-of-mouth and long distance telephone calls spread the word; on the
> third ­as a result of television coverage the previous evening - there
> was
>> a
>> mass migration of families and trans-continental loved ones to the two
> locations, where they ² utilized the link ­ or frame -- provided by
> Galloway
>> and Rabinovitz, and gave it its content, and its meaning.² Many of those
> present had not seen each other in 20 years.
>> (
>> This shift from artist as creator of content to artist as creator of a
> space
>> in which others (the public, friends and acquaintances)  produce content
> and
>> meaning, is profound. Something quietly, beautifully revolutionary is going
>> on -- more visible now than ever before (I don¹t know that for sure, but
> I¹ll say it anyway) and visible certainly in works like those Michelle
> Teran
>> and Jeff Mann are creating.
>> -- Helen
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