[-empyre-] November 2007 on -empyre- : Memory Errors in theTechnosphere: Art, Accident, Archive

maria miranda maria at out-of-sync.com
Mon Nov 5 22:53:54 EST 2007

G.H. Hovagimyan,
thanks for links to your 'updates' -Faux Conceptual Art project --and  
its 'mediated détournement' --really enjoyed the project.  Will you  
add more faux conceptual pieces and work your way through the whole  
conceptual canon? Looks like 'updates' of conceptual art from the 60s  
and 70s could be a new art category like Expressionism or Futurism -  

'timelessness' is a good description and also a good pun on the  
digital time slippage.

..and another artist who works with the fictive and 'memory error' of  
the digital, but in a completely different way, is Suzie Triester.  
She creates really fantastic and complex narrative archives which  
link odd stuff together that at first seem totally unbelievable, but  
neverthless makes some sort of mad sense. Rather than updating  
previous artworks, Triester, using a similar logic, constructs  
connections between events, people, history, institiutions -- like  
the US Military, West Point US Military Academy, Hollywood, Samuel  
Goldwyn, occult groups, Aleister Crowley, Disney's Fantasia, British  
military intelligence, the Wizard of Oz --- and the links go on. The  
project evokes the associational and flattened logic of the digital  
network without actually being specifically an Internet work --a  
large part of the project is graphite drawings.

Hexen 2039: new military-occult technologies for psychological warfare


On 05/11/2007, at 12:21 AM, G.H.Hovagimyan wrote:

>> in new media art, digital technologies and techniques have re- 
>> troubled the ‘authenticity’ and ‘embodiedness’ of the human voice  
>> -- already long since undermined by analogue recording and  
>> broadcast technology.
> The intriguing thing about digital art is "timelessness." For  
> example a web site or a youTube video needs to be discovered for it  
> to have meaning. Otherwise it is just another bit of information or  
> maybe a bit of "content" on a portal.  Authenticity is even more of  
> a problem. Wiki has tons of pages that are misleading in their  
> information. The other part is the fear and obsession sites that do  
> things like recruit terrorists or white racists thugs. What is  
> happening in my opinion is that the human psyche has been opened up  
> for display.   Timelessness in art can also be applied to digital  
> art. There are pieces that I've done 14 years ago when the web  
> first became available which are now being looked at. Originally  
> these works were vaguely noted but then forgotten. Now they have  
> been rediscovered by a new generation and are viewed as being fresh  
> and current. The key point is for the new generation the works seem  
> to be made yesterday.  Timelessness in digital art has a different  
> meaning that in conventional art.
> This is in contrast to "time based" media whose meaning often  
> depends on the when and where of the work.
> http://post.thing.net/node/1508
> http://post.thing.net/node/1474
> http://post.thing.net/node/1434
> http://post.thing.net/node/1591
> http://post.thing.net/node/1666
> I've also been re-doing, updating and commenting on my works in a  
> blog. I consider this another part to the work.
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