Forward from Christophe Bruno : Re [-empyre-] Is Modernity our Antiquity: introducing Eric Kluitenberg
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This is a forward from Christophe Bruno. -cm
First, thank you very much for this invitation. To introduce myself
further, and before we might talk about Modernity and Antiquity, let
me start with a few links about my work. On http://iterature.com you
can find pieces based on language as a medium, where I try to grasp
what I think has been renewed by the rise of the Web, like semantic
capitalism in http://www.iterature.com/adwords. My last piece, Human
Browser http://www.iterature.com/human-browser , a wireless Google
Hack, is an adaptation of the very first net.art piece I made in
2001: http://www.iterature.com/epiphanies, inspired by Joyce’s
definition of the Epiphany... Another work using wireless
technologies is http://www.unbehagen.com/wifism . By the way, it’s
not a parody anymore since I recentely built the device (it was
exhibited for the first time in Toulouse and you can see some
pictures here: http://www.unbehagen.com/wifism-for-real ; and if you
visit Paris, I will be very happy to make you try it in my atelier ;-)
Anyway, I’m now working on a new project called “Cosmolalia” on
For now there is an introductory article at http://
Some of my starting points were:
1) the idea that, as we might have reached some new phase of
capitalism, Science has also reached a new phase and has turned into
a marketing tool for this capitalism at the “age of access” (hard
science invading more and more the territory of what we call human).
Cf what I called “taylorisation of speech”.
2) some similarities between our whatever-modern world and
Antiquity, and for instance between the Turing test (separation
between man and machine) and the mythologies related to Prometheus
(separation between man and gods). But there are other ones.
In fact these similarities struck me very recentely. This resurgence
of Antiquity in my life was a surprise to me and because it was so
unexpected I believe there is something here to be explored
further... But all this does not seem to fit exactely with the idea
that Modernity would be our Antiquity. It looks more like a huge
loopback in time....
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