Re: [-empyre-] question for Barbara
At 12:23 AM 3/15/2005, you wrote:
I have a question for you, Barbara, if you like.
> "We believe in a future where music will no longer be considered a
> linear composition, but a dynamic structure, and musical composition
> will extend to interaction. We also believe that the divisions of
> composer, performer, and audience will be blurred, by the introduction
> of such media."
I think that there have been many years of experimentation in that
direction already. People are adapting technological processes based on
prior cultural experiments and necessities, and are thus building on those
cultural experiments/traditions. The "introduction of such media" happened
as an effect, not a cause, of such experimentation.
Do you agree?
(As a kind of proof, take the inventions of the phonograph and the
telephone and their relative impacts on the development of sound art across
the span of the 20th century...Why did the telephone have so much less
significance for sound experiments until late in the century? What caused
the "discovery" of the phone as a medium for art as well as communication
in the 1980s work of Mr.Apology, for example, as well as sonic artists since?).
Nonetheless, the extended use of media over time does feed back into the
way that one experiences one's world, producing certain patterns of
perception, expectation and engagement, etc. I just think that, at this
point in time, we can look for changes beyond those of compositional
restructuring. For example, the DIY aesthetic grew out of punk and this has
fed just as much into the blurring of divisions between artist and audience
as what has been enabled by technological interfaces.
What is your feeling about this sort of possible future concerning video,
particularly as experienced in front of a computer at which one 'works' (we
My software participates in DIY culture. When it comes to video and
film, I identify as part of the audience. Therefore, my effort is in
creating active ways of viewing screen images. The act of seeing becomes a
performance, which means that the division between maker and viewer becomes
blurred as an effect of the performativity of the audience (myself or
others using software).
Eventually DIY culture changes the construct called "audience"
entirely. Groupings coalesce with entirely different expectations and ways
of engaging the screen.
I may be over-emphasizing the DIY aspect. It isn't just about different
ways of positioning oneself as a viewer. It is also about escaping what is
over-determined and predictable, probing/constructing labyrinths to get
lost in, etc. The computer is so chimerical... a mimic of other
machines... But, at this point in time, if we happen to still "work in
front of the computer", I do not know how productive a challenge it is to
speculate on how that might change someday. Obviously it will change.
What do you think, Jim? I guess that you raise the question because you
have some insights of your own.
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