Re: [-empyre-] Prototyping
On Aug 21, 2007, at 11:39 PM, Christy Dena wrote:
Would other artists/curators be comfortable working in this
fashion? What do
people think of this mimeses?
There are two salient issues in your discussion. One is using your
hands to fashion something and the other is the exact reproduction of
something visually (mimesis).
Using your hands to fashion something is primal. It is the beginning
point for art. It is also the starting point of engineering. The
difference between the two disciplines can be highlighted. Let me
start with cave painting from 30,000 years ago. The ones in France
were done by using a spray painting technique. The artists chewed up
berries and then using a hollow reed, he would spit the paint. The
images on the wall are are. The tools and techniques are
engineering. The learning how to use the tools are the process of
physical learning. Something akin to a kinaesthetic learning
process. Trying to fashion something without using your hands puts
the creative process in the hands of an engineer or in this case it
would be a logician who would figure out algorithm to describe the
process in the physical world. Within this rule set one can only
operate as the programming dictates. One cannot discover forms
through the sense of touch. One cannot alter the programming with
one's hands and movements. There is no intuition sense of the body.
Mimesis or fool-the-eye is the most simplistic notion of art. the
sensation is "gee that look so real I can't tell the difference from
reality." Art history starts in the caves with glyphs and narratives.
Mimetics is simply a trick. Look at photography. Within the supposed
trompe l'oeil of the camera lense there is a world of abstract ideas.
The nature of art is to deal with these levels of ideas. Mimesis is
once again a trick of engineering.
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