[-empyre-] network thinking

Patrick Keilty p.keilty at utoronto.ca
Sun Nov 24 05:27:34 EST 2013

Thanks Selmin. I also want to ask, as part of a discussion of
documentation, what the relationship is between documentation and
dissemination, especially in a networked culture. For to "disseminate" is
not just to make something diffuse, but also, as a result of diffusion, to
deposit something elsewhere, a form of documentation.

On Sat, Nov 23, 2013 at 1:05 PM, Selmin Kara <selminkara at gmail.com> wrote:

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> It is interesting to see that we are still struggling with the
> relationship between art and activism here. In my own research about art
> activist documentaries and documentation of art activism, I am more
> troubled by the documentation aspect of the debate (in relation to the
> question of whether documentation tames art activism and occlude its
> horizon by locating it in an archival past or not) than putting the two
> terms together. That said, David's post about the "binary" of art and
> activism once again reminded me of the difficulty of dealing with these
> terms, although I am not quite sure if I see the two as antipodal myself.
> Performance or media art based activisms to me do not sound like marking
> new or controversial terrains (the examples of AIDS activism and feminist
> video art are poignant) but talking or writing about them somehow does. How
> to move beyond the impasse then? Do the disciplinary histories of art,
> social change, and documentation prevent us to articulate them together due
> to the fact that they might have conflicts of interest? Or does the
> articulation itself impose further limitations on the possibility of a
> wider network (as David so eloquently put it: "foreclosing more extended
> network thinking that could produce more extensive change in all the
> terms/nodes comprising the network").
> How to think of a global network (which feeds from artistic, activist, and
> documentary practices) without being reductive?
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Patrick Keilty
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Faculty of Information
University of Toronto
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