[-empyre-] Welcome to the March 2018 Discussion!

Timothy Conway Murray tcm1 at cornell.edu
Tue Mar 6 02:55:14 AEDT 2018

Thank you for your introductory post, Junting, and for organizing this fabulous month around the topic of Noise.  I am so looking forward to profiting over the month from your incredible international list of guests.

Your introductory riff on David Novak, that “noise is a moving subject of circulation, of sound and listening, that emerges in the process of navigating the world and its differences" reminds of the project I collaborated on, now almost fifteen years ago, with Arthur and Marilouise Kroker. For an issue of CTHEORY MULTIMEDIA, the online collection of net.art we curated together, we focused on the theme of “NetNoise.”  The issue is still available online and most of the pieces still work.  The issue is organized around three noise pods, “Sound Motion,” “Culture Pitch,” and “Noise Velocity” that navigate the worldwide web and its difference.  The issue, itself designed by Ritsu Katsumata as an artistic noise field, features works from a host of artists who we now retroactively recognize as important shapers of new media art: Shu Lea Cheang (who sits on –empyre’s- new Editorial Board), Simon Biggs (a former –empyre- moderator), Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, MEZ, Christina McPhee (who was the glue of –empyre- through the 2000s), Jody Zellen, Akuvido, Candy Factory, Michaël Sellam, and Zvonka Simcic and Tanja Vujinovic.. Interestingly, this issue on NetNoise was launched in same time period as –empyre-s first few years.  

Perhaps it might be interesting for me copy, in dialogue with you and Novak, the Curatorial Note that Arthur, Marilouise, and I composed to frame NetNoise:

“Imagine the manifold sounds of Art on the Net.  Listen to what’s happening when CTHEORY morphs into CSOUND.  Then enter the zone of CTHEORY MULTIMEDIA coming of age on the pulsating horizon of NET.NOISE. A sound of wireless motion and dark noise. The surging sound of coding, network streaming and file-surfing. The almost undetectable whispers of splicing, mixing and mutating noise into a brilliant tattoo on the skin of the digital.  The viral background of digital culture, NetNoise sounds the electronic pulse of connectivity, the babble of chat, the pints of hits, and the silent tracking of back-orifice hacking.. What happens when sound resonates images with such intensity that art shudders, finds itself wandering in a spectral space of its own making?  What happens when the net hears murmurs of strange new codes – digital looping, sound displacement, time compression, phasal syncopation – and suddenly opens up into a new electronic universe, speaking the vernacular of sounds recombinant fit for speed travel across the crystal palaces of the image matrix?. What happens the pitch and sigh of digital noise envelopes and expresses the complexity of decaying material culture and corporeal politics?  When the Net finally begins to speak, when the codes of the wired world finally find utterance, global surfers are suddenly projected into an art of the cyber-ear, listening intently to what artists of net.noise have to tell us about the distended ear of digital sounds and images.”  

Because the citation of this text so calls to mind the verve and grain of the performative voices of the Krokers whose theorizing and public performances were so crucial to the conceptualization of digital culture, I recommend that you attend to the multimedial presentation of this text as we all spoke it for NetNoise: http://ctheorymultimedia.cornell.edu/four.php (click on “Curatorial Notes” button – we also provided similarly multimedial curatorial notes for each sound pod).

Looking forward to a fantastic month.


Timothy Murray
Director, Cornell Council for the Arts and Curator, CCA Biennial
Curator, Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art 
http://goldsen.library.cornell.edu <http://goldsen.library.cornell.edu/>
Professor of Comparative Literature and English
B-1 West Sibley Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York 14853

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