October 30, 2007
making art accessible to everyone both in person and through the network of this blog. free art in its physical form as opposed to free art on the internet only.
in thinking about authorship and art production i cant help but think about the issue of the mulitple. how does authorship change when there is the possiblity of reproduction? This question seems to be extremely relevant when thinking about art and the internet. is there total loss of the original when thinking about art that only lives on line. I have put a link to walter benjamin's article about mulitplicity and the "aura" of the original that he talks about. i just thought that his writings were extremely intresting and relevant in thinking about some of the topics of this class.
the writing is called
Walter Benjamin (1936)
The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
“Our fine arts were developed, their types and uses were established, in times very different from the present, by men whose power of action upon things was insignificant in comparison with ours. But the amazing growth of our techniques, the adaptability and precision they have attained, the ideas and habits they are creating, make it a certainty that profound changes are impending in the ancient craft of the Beautiful. In all the arts there is a physical component which can no longer be considered or treated as it used to be, which cannot remain unaffected by our modern knowledge and power. For the last twenty years neither matter nor space nor time has been what it was from time immemorial. We must expect great innovations to transform the entire technique of the arts, thereby affecting artistic invention itself and perhaps even bringing about an amazing change in our very notion of art.”
Paul Valéry, Pièces sur L’Art, 1931
Le Conquete de l’ubiquite
October 23, 2007
a related artist concerning
installation artist conerning phycological spaces
wim delvoye is an artist that i thought might be intresting in thinking about technology in our lives. the image i have posted is of a machine constructed to do the job of a human stomach and produce phecies. its kin of an intresting way of looking at the body as technology or constructing technology that does the job of a human body. http://blogs.usyd.edu.au/bizart/cl_org_apen.jpg
October 09, 2007
Darfur is dying
I wasnt really sure what the point of this game was. the only experience that i came away with after and during playing darfur is dying is that i felt like the game trivialized and degraded the situation in Darfur. I thought that the idea of being able to go fetch water and constantly getting caught but it doesnt really seem to matter because you just pick a new person or start the game over again. I just think that informing people about issues like this one maybe should be done in a different format. I dont think that anyone is closer to the experience by playing this game in fact i think that people are possibly more distant simply because the experience becomes about the game as opposed to informing people. maybe the internet in general, a place where thousands of games like this one can come to be and be played by millions is not an adequate replacement for people really informing themselves about issues in a way that makes them feel connected and sympathetic. This is not to say that the internet is not full of valuable resources that do so and after all technology is the means by which the masses get their information but there is something about the ease with which someone can create a game like this one. maybe we just need to be more selective with what we stop and spend our time on while surfing the internet or maybe games like this really do inform to some extent but in this case to me it seemed to be a new level of disconnect and a serious lack of respect and sensitivity.
October 01, 2007
In response to the question posed on the class web site about how i think that blogging has shaped my experience as a student at the university i would have to say that blogging works both positively and negatively. on the one hand i think that blogging takes the space of the classroom to a new place, literally. I think that not only is the class opened to opinions from outside sources but our class is on display to some extent for people outside the university to participate in. On the other hand i think the vastness of the internet and the information available on the internet makes the class so changeable and so mobile that i find it hard to keep focused. There is a total loss of center when the classroom moves to a place like blogging. I feel connected to the rest of the class but like any tool if not used in the "proper" way i can remain totally detached from the class. When i say proper i dont mean that there is one way to post but i do mean if i dont participate in blogging to its fullest extent meaning i post as well as look at posts. I think if this side of the equation fails to happen blogging can be just another way of personal journaling that can me no different from a conventional kind of journaling. On the other hand though maybe when blogging you always censor yourself (to a certain extent) in a way that you might not if you didnt think that everything you wrote was going to be public information. Maybe that is a key and crucial difference, the idea of censorship and how much we sensor ourselves both consciously and subconsciously due to the fact that what we are posting is not private.