Re: [-empyre-] Re: Whispering in the Dark
Could you clarify your ideas on the "commodifation of discourse"? I'm
unclear as to how and where this is occurring. Is it the concentration
of discourse within the university/conference system? MIT Press?
Siggraph? The abstraction of "place" into decentered space and time?...
(but that's a more generic quality of Modernity isn't it?) There are
certainly approaches to using electronic and computationally-based
media that suggest the possibility of a reconstruction of space and
time into a meaningful articulation of place. It's not the global
network, or the telematic embrace, but perhaps new approaches to
performance and presentation that allow the artwork to respond more
directly to its place.
I wonder also if there's a critique per se here of the notion of
interactivity itself? It seems to have been effectively appropriated
by the world of management science and is couched more in terms of
control, efficiency and ease-of-use for the "user". Artists are not
users, but rather makers.... what is the nature of the things made?
Use-value?... or something else?
On 3-Nov-05, at 10:17 AM, christina ulke wrote:
thanks Christina for welcoming us to -empyre-.
I guess we don't really see ourselves as a "new media" publication
though with our initial statement we wanted to connect to some of "new
media"s inherent issues. One issue being something that has been on
our mind as well - the commodifation of discourse. As a project that
rode alongside the globalization movement whose waves have been
slowing down we find ourselves needing to fill the vacuum with new
possibilities to build a radical cultural movement. Recently we have
been invited by major art institutions to present our work - one
question that comes to mind is can there be a positive side to
commodifying discursive work? How do we maintain meaningful discourse
while operating in a vacuum? To quote Brian Holmes from his interview
in our most recent issue, "I think that intellectual critique has to
be embodied. Which doesn't mean there isn't a tremendous need for a
better analysis of the way society is changing! Or for a better
philosophy of how to reorient life on this earth. You just always have
to find a way to make the ideas tangible, and effective." -
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