[-empyre-] Late Response to the Call

Dorothy Santos dsantos at cca.edu
Fri Dec 20 19:02:45 EST 2013

Please accept my sincerest apologies! Hoping all is well with you. 

Quick note: To be clear, when I talk about new media and digital work, I am referring to work that involves or uses programming, scripting, or coding directly into the work or the use of haptic technologies.

With my academic research and interest in programming and computational aesthetics, the work I generally look at is based on an artist's desire to have the participant engage physically with the artwork. Whether that engagement means full on body interaction with architectural space (such as Rafael Lozano-Hemmer's work - http://www.lozano-hemmer.com) or touch interaction with haptic technologies (http://johncraigfreeman.wordpress.com), call and response seems to be inherent in new media and digital work. 

But some of the most compelling new media artwork has been where the the artist relies on the age old version of interaction with the art (object) - the imagination. I've been attracted to works by Elaine Gan (http://elainegan.com) or Scott Kildall (2049 series http://www.kildall.com/artwork/2011/2049/index.html) where the response involves less of the physical body and more of the mind. I'm curious what your perceptions of new media and digital artwork? Do you think that new media is an embodied or disembodied experience? Personally, if a work insists on interaction, there needs to be compelling narrative that necessitates the body. 

Dorothy Santos
writer | thinker | connector | visual and critical studies geek

> On Dec 17, 2013, at 6:45 AM, Irina Contreras <icontreras at cca.edu> wrote:
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> Hello,
> I thought I might bring to your attention a great article written by Dorothy Santos recently.
> http://reader.thecivicbeat.com/2013/12/the-honeymoons-over-reflecting-on-the-internet-utopianism-and-the-arts/
> The honeymoons over is a reflection on internet utopianism and the arts. This seems like maybe a jumping off point for us to talk about how work like this might/might not relate to Cake And Eat It and Decolonize Your Diet. Cake and Eat It seems to use the internet as a site though perhaps an afterthought? Addie, feel free to pipe in here.
> Decolonize Your Diet may not identify at all as artists but perhaps use creative ways to make their mission of interest. Dorothy speaks to the use of social media and this overlaps with "change". 
> You can also check this interview with Addie from CAEI:
> http://gagajournal.blogspot.com/2012/06/stigmata-dreams-bled-threads-addie.html
> Irina
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