[-empyre-] Redefining the Cultural Interface
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Mon Aug 4 22:25:29 EST 2008
Firstly, a big thanks to Marcus and the current Empyre crew for inviting
me to be part of this discussion.
What Ned Rossiter proposes, furtherfield has been doing and advocating
as part of its practice for years, in parrallel but not influenced by.
It has always been difficult and hard work, especially if you are not
following certain routes which make personal gain easier and shared
social values harder to pursue. Rather than leaving our fates for others
to manipulate according to their own desires, we have actively engaged
in taking control of our own culture, changing its interface. The
cultural interface is our palette and everything fits into that, whether
it be eco-politics, social freedoms, opensource, art and much more.
Below are a few notes that I put together for this list:
Title: Redefining the Cultural Interface- An Imaginative Dissension
using art, technology and a shared ecology of the mind.
If we do not build between us shared and approachable frameworks that
offer (possible, scale-free) models of working together, which move
beyond the isolationist functions of limiting, stultifying modernist
agendas. Then we probably deserve what happens next.
How we engage in curating, writing, creation of New Media Art and
related cultures, depends on our relationship with it. In a climate
where social contexts, issues around ecology and our interaction with
technology frames, much of what and how we perceive information and
culture to be. It becomes clear that culture is a fluid, complex and
diverse, ever changing, dynamic interface. How we as practitioners
become more active agents within this multifarious interface, is the
key. If we, as active agents have become more closely connected,
involved in this cultural interface; to change social contexts through
our creative practices, then we are changing our culture, its interface.
We are now dealing with a proliferating set of possibilities in New
Media Art and connected endeavors. Especially from those who have come
from alternative situations, perspectives and grass roots cultures. In
implementing ideas that reflect an art aesthetic, whilst at the same
time taking more control and responsibility of our social contexts,
which involves curating, the making of artwork as well as the
appropriation of technology, We have hacked into the mainframe. We've
We potentially, possess a shared investment with those who have
traditionally held the keys in controlling our cultures. Now that we are
here, what are the next steps in expanding and distributing our
practices into a world that still views traditional frameworks of 'fine
art' as the main focus around art engagement? How do we integrate and
share this possibility of scale-free power? How does New Media Art
maintain its critical voice, independence and cultural diversity whilst
becoming part of a larger context?
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