[-empyre-] swarming: forward from Cecilia Parsberg

Från: Cecilia Parsberg <ceciliaparsberg@this.is>
Datum: 12 december 2006  21.58.43 GMT+01:00
Till: empyre@lists.cofa.unsw.edu.au
Ämne: swarming art
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Hi all
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/ 2006-05-30-parsberg-en.html)

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 work...

about swarming:
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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Cecilia Parsberg


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