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Verzonden: zondag 5 maart 2006 18:08
Onderwerp: Re: [-empyre-] Modern Antiques
Just to say that I have not judge of any art work in my argumentation.
Christophe asked me why "à peu près d'accord" so I have answered.
I have not told of the singular quality of art works, that is
important otherwise, but I have told of antiquity and
modernity both in the real materialist historical vision and
in a personal conceptual idea of it.
I apologize if Dirk or Christina could understand that I was
searching any discriminant qualities to appreciate or not
appreciate the thematic debate from their idea or their own Art works.
I apologize too if any one could be hurt coming from the
difference between a lot of several critical ideas and choice
- even career. I was not judging anyone.
More: it would be contradictory with my personal criticism of
I am not reductionist in matter of modernity but all the
contrary : I think that their is no more value attached to
modernity nowadays.. Or a new paradigm or pact of change
after 2 millenaries, but I do not hold a new
Sincerely hope that any of my notes could be useful but
knowing that overpass them with more explanations would not
be positive in the actual moment of the debate.
All my best
On 5/03/06 16:08, "Christophe Bruno"
<firstname.lastname@example.org> probably wrote:
> and by the way: double irony (or double hack) cancels !!! so it's
> normal nobody sees the irony ;-)
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> gh replies:
> As I said, the most important trend in "Modernism" is performance.
> Especially mediated performance. Christophe's piece the
> is that type of performance. I don't think that irony plays a major
> role in the piece. Although the notion of a person functioning or
> being directed by web information is amusing, I think that
> of surprise and disjunction is more important. I also liked
> Christophe's piece about the European elections. It's
> he was able to point out the dissaffection of the voters. That's a
> much larger issue. How we as artist explore this new
> and how we see the world and/or transform it is rather
> also hopeful, sincere, curious and a bit comic. Both
> and Jacques Tati look at human/machine interface. Yes it's
> it's also humanizing. I also love what Christina Mcphee does. She
> uses digital tools and scientific data to get to a deeply human
> emotion. She does performances on the earthquake fault lines. She's
> doing an investigative work on a California village that's
> by a landslide. If we follow what the philosophers say; all digital
> media is alienating. Both Christina and Christophe use
those tools to humanize.
> On Mar 5, 2006, at 8:48 AM, Christophe Bruno wrote:
>> I¹d like to react to both G.H. and Millie¹s posts. I agree
>> when he says we should focus on art instead of philosophy.
>> have a comment to that:
>> As a French Bourgeois Postmodern artist :-( I consider
>> concepts as furniture in my house, I can repaint them or
>> as I whish. Indeed, as there has been a transition from market
>> capitalism to network capitalism, from manufactured objects to
>> delocalized conceptual commodities, we now have to consider the
>> inverse trend: going back to older media, plain objects,
>> furniture... but, hopefully, without dropping what we
learned from net.art.
>> This was the original intuition by Blank & Jeron or by Valery
>> Grancher when he made his first webpainting in 1998 (he refers to
>> Picabia, Jasper Johns etc.), or Miltos Manetas with his
>> I¹m very much influenced by this ironical idea of the ³retour des
>> choses² as we would say in french. What is the most stupid
>> can do when you are a net.artist: the answer is: painting
>> on a canvas. What was the most stupid thing I could do, with my
>> epiphanies: replacing the computer with a human being.
>> I think this provides interesting conceptual loops at the age of
>> 0) Human beings speak
>> 1) Google hacks all the speeches of mankind
>> 2) I hack Google in return
>> 3) From this double hack, a human being speaks (the human browser)
>> and we are back to 0), but we made a very big loop ;-)
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>> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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>> Subject: [-empyre-] Modern Antiques
>> So we¹re supposed to riff off whether Modernism is our
>> need to figure out which Modernism we are talking about and from
>> whose view point?
>> As an American I generally think of the modern world as
>> the French and American revolutions. Both are Bourgeois
>> OK, that means the end of Medieval social structures ( you know,
>> serfs) and the establishment of the Bourgeoisie ideals of science
>> and business and private property.
>> Personally I don¹t think the Modern world has ended. If anything,
>> the ideals of Science and Business keep spreading.
>> Anyway , I¹m an artist so I think about art, art history
and what I¹m
>> doing as an artist. I believe that Christiane pointed out
>> are different definitions of Modernity.
>> Modern Art it seems to me has three main threads that
>> from earlier forms; 1. Deconstruction or a ³Scientistic²
>> art making that involves applying scientific principals to
>> includes a dissection of the elements of art and the
>> it¹s components.
>> 2. The game of art or art as a language game. People often
>> this as ³art for arts sake² or art that is about other art. An
>> amusing project is to read some of the 10,000 plus manifestos
>> produced by artists in the 20th century. This list is
part of that tradition.
>> 3. Perhaps the most interesting thread and the most telling is
>> performance art. This is a creative process that is not tied to
>> theater and depends on media tools (cameras, recorders,
>> verify or document its¹ existence.
>> Obviously, this may be overly simple but I¹d rather
discuss art than
>> philosophy. I also believe in elevating art rather than
>> or subsuming it to some other discipline such as philosophy or
>> science or politics.
>> As for art and politics, I really believe that being an
artist is a
>> political act in and of itself. It is an engagement is a
>> discourse with the political/social arena. It is similar to the
>> dialog/discourse between sculpture and archtecture.
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