[-empyre-] swarming: forward from Cecilia Parsberg
Från: Cecilia Parsberg <email@example.com>
Datum: 12 december 2006 21.58.43 GMT+01:00
Ämne: swarming art
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I am invited to join Empyre. To present my photodocumentation and
essay at www.eurozine.com
(Read the full essay at: http://www.eurozine.com/articles/
Here I have recorded the result of the "swarming" (se below) around
the Israeli wall. The international swarming.
How come people travel to the wall and paint on it? They paint
windows , holes, texts, modernistic paintings. The imagery on the
Israeli wall differ from 70:ies barricade-political images or
traditional street-graffiti. It is an international multitude, a
writing carpet. (see the full documentation on www.this.is/TheWall
and click on The international art on the wall)
Do you , in Empyre, think that art today plays a role in the
politics, or affect politics?
"One hundred policemen cannot attain what beauty is able to bring
about in a violent person."
said Edi Rama, Minister of Culture, Albania
What is politics? For me politics is what the everyday life looks
like for a citizen.
Here on the Israeli wall, people come and they make fiction, in the
gap between the reality of a law (the Israeli wall /constrainment)
and the reality of the international law: the International court
of Justice has declared the Israeli wall be in breach of
International standards. (9th of July 2004)
This gap is an anomie, a non place, This space exist because of a
situation where citizen's human rights does not meet a law that
reflects or meet these rights. "To show law in its non-relation to
life and life in its non-relation to law means to open a space
between them for human action, which once claimed for itself the
name of 'politics'", Giorgio Agamben writes in his book State of
Exception. Is it in this sphere that these artists are active?
The art work can not be separated from the action to make the art
A swarm is not merely the analog of an organism, it is indeed an
organism, in every important and scientific sense of the word.
A swarm is made up of effectively autonomous members.
Like a cell or a person, it behaves as a unitary whole, maintaining
its identity in space, resisting dissolution; neither a thing nor a
concept, but a continual flux or process.
A swarm is an organism whose existence in both time and space
outreaches the individual member. The individual has no awareness
of the swarm as a whole.
As Stephen Johnson writes in Emergence, "Local turns out to be the
key term in understanding the power of swarm logic. We see
emergent behavior in systems like ant colonies when the individual
agents in the system pay attention to their immediate neighbors
rather than wait for orders from above. They think locally and act
locally, but their collective action produces global behavior."
Swarm Intelligence-based techniques can be used in a number of
applications. The U.S. military is investigating swarm techniques
for controlling unmanned vehicles. NASA is investigating the use of
swarm technology for planetary mapping.
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