[-empyre-] politics of critical fusion

Forwarded from "norie neumark" <norie.neumark@uts.edu.au>

Before responding to Saul, I'd like to introduce myself. (Sorry, I've just caught up with September's really interesting works and discussion) I am a sound and media artist (what Steve Dietz calls 'formerly new media artist") and academic and I work in collaboration with Maria Miranda. Most recently we've been making works which involve performative encounters in public places. (for instance, collecting the world's biggest collection of breath, which we will use to blow back global warming) Because we make them in public places, they are perhaps in one way political, though we don't think of it as "political art" because we don't see our project as either reform or revolution or even exposing society's ills. [Interesting here could be the discussion about politically motivated social collaborations not so much from a political point of view (is it just reform) but an aesthetic point of view by Claire Bishop in "The Social Turn: Collaboraton and its Discontents" http://

We are working with the element of play outside of the formal structure of games (and this harks back to earlier discussions this month), which enables us to invite others to enter a zone of performative encounters with us and allows for a moment of sociality with strangers. That is, we're interested in encounters at this level of the momentary and everyday. There is for us an element of a sort of self-reflexivity because the media we use to document the encounters is what actually makes the encounters possible (it becomes, playfully, a documenting of a documenting...)

Norie Neumark
Media Arts
University of Technology, Sydney
Timothy Murray
Professor of Comparative Literature and English
Director of Graduate Studies in Film and Video Studies
Curator, The Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, Cornell Library
285 Goldwin Smith Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York 14853

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