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Art as Antibody: A Redefinition of Art for the Internet Age PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kuniko Vroman   
Apr 18, 2006 at 09:54 PM

Jon Ippolito, Joline Blais

art, immunology, research, genre, perversity, arrest, revelation, executability, recognition, perseverance

Art's recent infiltration of stock markets, courtrooms, and mobile phones marks a seismic shift in the role it plays in society. The once-academic question "what is art" has acquired new urgency now that society depends on this collective immune system to confront technology's increasing encroachment into daily life. Drawing on case studies from our 2006 book At the Edge of Art, this paper examines the special powers granted art of the Internet age, which--no longer content to sit on a pedestal or auction block--can respond aggressively to the ethical crises caused by technology's infection of society.

Last Updated ( May 21, 2006 at 04:57 PM )
Coming to Terms with the Digital Avant-Garde PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kuniko Vroman   
Apr 14, 2006 at 02:38 PM

Steve Anderson

digital, avant-garde, design, music video, commercial art, new media, convergence

This paper maps two divergent trajectories within a narrowly defined sphere of short-form, time-based, digital media - specifically music videos, design-oriented short films and motion graphics - of the past ten years. I am particularly interested in considering this work's potential for understanding emergent relations to the perception and construction of space, time and bodies; the status of narrative; relations between technology and material culture; and shifting conceptions of the roles played by producers and consumers.

Last Updated ( May 21, 2006 at 01:56 PM )
Organised Networks, Distributive Education and New Institutional Forms PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kuniko Vroman   
Apr 14, 2006 at 04:43 PM

Ned Rossiter

organised networks, distributive education, new institutional forms, collaborative transdisciplinary practices

Organised networks are emerging as the new institutional form best suited to address the uncertainties of labour and life in network societies and information economies.

Last Updated ( May 21, 2006 at 01:35 PM )
Phylotic BodyScapes | Entheogenic Gardens: poly-scalar heterotopic botany PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kuniko Vroman   
Apr 13, 2006 at 09:28 PM

Gheorghe Dan, Alisa Andrasek

intuitive programming, biomimetics, cultural mimetics, cyberbotany, hybrid reality, heterotopia, morphogenetic architecture, evolutionary fashion, design, phylotic multiverse continuum

Phylotic is a computational system employing dynamically relational assemblages for analysis, synthesis and cataloguing of cultural and biological phenotypes into a library of seeds or DNA, that may be hybridized and grown upon infinite topographies.

In Phylotic, the human body becomes the most intimate heterotopic space, the breathing landscape onto which the computational system grows elaborate and sensuous bodyscapes/gardens.

Last Updated ( May 21, 2006 at 06:00 PM )
Towards New Class of Being - The Extended Body PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kuniko Vroman   
Apr 18, 2006 at 10:10 PM

Oron Catts, Ionat Zurr

art and science, art and biology, new species, extended body, semi-living, partial life, tissue culture, tissue engineering

The biomass of disassociated living cells and tissues is in the thousands of tons. These fragments do not fall under current biological or cultural classifications. The notion of the extended body can be seen as a way to define this category of life, while at the same time attempting to destabilise some of the rooted perceptions of classification of living beings. The extend body can and is an amalgamation of the human extended phenotype with tissue life - a unfiled body for disembodied living fragments, an ontological device, set to draw attention to the need of re-examining current taxonomies and hierarchical perceptions of life.

Last Updated ( May 21, 2006 at 05:27 PM )
Voice and Code: From Spoken Word and Song to Writing to Music to Code PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kuniko Vroman   
Apr 19, 2006 at 08:29 PM

Josephine Bosma

language, voice, song, body, code, music, social, authorship, folk data

The relationship between code and language, cultures, and machine has started being analyzed quite profoundly the past few years, yet how does code relate to human voice? Code is an interesting mixture of human and machine languages, of social and mathematical communication. With the work of Florian Cramer as an inspiration and big influence I would like to speculate wildly about how code not only reflects a changing attitude in the transcription and creation of meaning (related to music, hypertext and computer screen based narratives), but also on how this in turn reverberates in the use of our human voice, specifically in the arts.

Last Updated ( May 21, 2006 at 05:40 PM )