January 28, 2008
A Few Thoughts
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Enclosures and Entry Points:
When we confront a piece of art, whether it be a novel, a movie, or a piece of modern art all inhabit a physical space, but also they inhabit a mental space. To enter this mental space, one must submit to the work. One must allow the work to, for lack of a better word, work. One must give the work some time. James Turrell talks about this (and other subjects) in this lovely interview. Time is really the important thing here, it is really the only thing we can give to a peace of art, and it is such an incredibly important thing to give.
The Impact of information:
I'm trying to formulate a way to attack what I'm trying to say here, it is difficult. Does information that you hold in your mind effect how you act? When one reads a book or listens to music, does that internalization of information, become then regurgitated, even on a subconscious level in ones actions. If this is true then this has startlingly large implications.
For instance consider the current culture of music trading. Music can be transfered peer to peer in physical space by cd, Ipod or external hard drive. Digitally it can be transferred peer to peer, over programs such as soul seek, Im, and ftp programs. It can be transfered from one individual to a mass, through music sharing websites/blogs and torrents. It can be shared from mass to mass also through torrents. If we imagine every person as a single node trading data, information with many or few other nodes, who are in turn sharing that data with other nodes, theoretically the flow of data could be tracked socially, culturally and geographically.
If we could watch how this data flows across the population of the world, could we see the resulting changes in behavior by the "nodes" who contain this data?
Posted by jmdaly at January 28, 2008 06:28 PM