[-empyre-] Tim Murray: Resolution for Digital Futures
tcm1 at cornell.edu
Sun Feb 1 17:26:55 EST 2009
As we wrap up this month on -empyre- with Resolutions for the Digital
Future, I thought I'd close with some thoughts that dialogue with
the many posts we've enjoyed over the course of the month. Renate
and I want to thank all of you who have taken a moment to commit your
thoughts to the future, and who have performed through postings the
global interface that is -empyre- a soft-skinned-space.
I hope that we at -empyre- can continue to develop our commitment to
'critical digital practice,' whether in space, on page, in urban
environments, via gps, or networked practice.
Crucial to the future of -empyre- will the deconstruction of
'empire' itself, to break down existent barriers between east and
west, north and south, artists and writers, curators and professors,
activists and aestheticians, materialists and theoreticians. We bear
the imprint of code together; let's mix it up.
Fundamental to our practice should be the embrace of open software
and shareware, on-line publishing and multimedia art whose aim of
fluidity and collaboration remains indifferent to the boundaries of
capital, property, and protectionism.
Of importance will be our ability to create, think, write, curate,
and exhibit in the continuum that is time. Let us no respond to the
paralysis of the economic moment by acting creatively and politically
in the now of the continuum in a way that will shift attention from
the frozen flow of capital to the open event of time, a flow in which
the fraught affect of retrospection will fuel the creative will of
the future. Let us not be merely utopian, but willfully and
psychically futurist, living energetically in the present as it is
marked by the past in the pull of the future.
Perhaps we can end this month on -empyre- by committing to renewing
the folds of the listserv's past, by rereading and reacting to the
many posts of the month that come from disparate quarters of the
world, from all generations of all digital orientations. This is the
free flow of the soft-skinned space. This is that moment in 2009
marked by the collapse of capital, the suffering of the economically
deprived, the expansion of the digital divide, the derive of digital
terror with its surveillance and tracking, and the ongoing critical
intervention of those interpellated by all spectrums. Let's hope
that the vibrant creativity of soft-skinned thought marks the pull of
the digital future.
Given the global economic meltdown, we at -empyre- pledge to lobby
for non-profit support to maintain our dialogical exchange, while
recognizing the need to urge governmental and industry sources to
support and sustain these same non-profits and NGOs at the historical
moment when their activism and wisdom is most beneficial. Special
thanks go to the College of Fine Arts at the University of South
Wales and to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, for their
institutional contributions to our critical endeavors.
Tim Murray (US) is a moderator of -empyre-, the Curator of the Rose
Goldsen Archive of New Media Art
(http://goldsen.library.cornell.edu), the Director of the Society for
the Humanities (http://www.arts.cornell.edu/sochum/) and a professor
of Comparative Literature and English at Cornell University, Ithaca,
New York. Tim's most recent book is Digital Baroque: New Media Art
and Cinematic Folds (University of Minnesota Press, 2008).
Renate Ferro and Tim Murray
Co-Moderators, -empyre- a soft-skinned-space
Department of Art/ Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art
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