[-empyre-] network thinking

Patrick Keilty p.keilty at utoronto.ca
Sun Nov 24 08:38:51 EST 2013

Back to our discussion about artivism and advertising, I just stumbled
across Avram Finkelstein's history of the design of Silence=Death poster.
It's a must read:


On Sat, Nov 23, 2013 at 1:27 PM, Patrick Keilty <p.keilty at utoronto.ca>wrote:

> 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:
>> ----------empyre- soft-skinned space----------------------
>> 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
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Information
University of Toronto
@patrickkeilty <https://twitter.com/PatrickKeilty>
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