Dynamic Art

My Mind Map at – “http://www.mindmeister.com/297537822/art-media”

As this course is reaching its end, I have decided to take a different media spin for my last blog post. I consider this post more dynamic than the rest, more creative and much more inspiring. I have thus created a mind map with mindmeister.com. The idea behind this is not only taken from the course outline, but is also influenced by art that is seeped through the new media lens. The definition of art may seem overblown, superfluous, or pretentious on the outset, but for the thoughtful it will be evident that it is anything but. Through mind  meister I have attempted to lay down the ground works for what identifies art media.

Fleix Guattari’s ‘ethico-aesthetic paradigm’ highlights the networks that are created through art in new media. I am yet to read the book, but have a fond interest in it after further research. Networks that have emerged in generative art are examples that have enabled me to discern these complex theories.  Generative art was just one of the different areas that I have sought to look into. It is characterised by the flow of algorithms that enable a kind of hyper-virtual reality. Paul Prudence, does a better job at defining generative art, as “the realtime social media flow of projects, memes and links that we tend to bathe in – (it) is also techno-utopian at its core.”  In hope to provide some light in how art is defined through the media, I have attempted this mind-map attached. In a day two as new forms of art emerge this will no doubt be of little value, albeit it has been a fun journey and one that will never end.

Guattari F, Wikipedia entry, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Félix_Guattari

Whitelaw M, ‘(The teeming void), An Interview with Paul Prudence (for Neural 40)’, published, Monday 9th 2012, http://teemingvoid.blogspot.com.au/2012/01/interview-with-paul-prudence-for-neural.html

My Mind Map at – “http://www.mindmeister.com/297537822/art-media”

The Future: Can you hear it Coming?

A short video created for University. It is inspired by transversal thinking. Transversal refers to in (mathematics) a line that intersects, thus in (media) philosophy transversal thinking is a process where the norm changes form, or direction. In media it is when networks diverge and form other networks as opposed to the framing that has occurred within the media sphere (up and until the “transversal line”).

In my short video I have attempted to show that the future is based on new inventions (technologies), but the innovations are reworked through the present culture. This is most evident in what is called, ubicomp. The media philosopher Matheew Fuller, describes ubicomp short for ubiquitous computing, as the notion where machines form part of our everyday culture. Innovative networks, computational intelligent systems basically create the culture we live in. As I enjoyed reading the article and highly recommend it, I thought I’d throw in one of the quotes (by Fuller) that made an impact when thinking about ubicomp in the future. He states, “You might say that they (the old ubicomp systems e.g. PC’s) were the hardware equivalent of apps, but perhaps more interesting the model, also shifts computing from mono-linear to multidimensional.”
So with this quote, I shall make for the exit and see you next week.

Fuller, Matthew ‘Forward’ in Ekman, Ulrik (ed.) (2013) “Throughout: Arts and Culture Emerging with Ubiquitous Computing Cambridge” MA; MIT Press: xi-xxxi

Quick note: Music is recorded with general sounds of different technologies.

The Mirco-politics of society

After watching a short animation introducing the social organisation ‘Coalition of the willing’ I feel that I should be fulfilled and enlightened for society. That collectively, we must now show our appreciation to technology that has brought us to this heightened state of democratic expression. There has been no other time that has given us such freedom to connect, inform, and share thoughts, emotions, and ideas as the present time. Or has there?

As a skeptic I am a bit more critical about new things, and feel that each generation in the past has defined their generation as being unique to the others. The Silent Generation between the 20s and 30s, the famous Baby Boomers, Generation X and the Millennials or Gen Y. Each generation felt that they faced their own set of struggles, problems and resistance.

More recently the contemporary society has tackled a new set of political freedoms via micro-politics. Never before have technologies created network to bring empowerment to local communities. Think of GetUp, and Avaaz as two examples of micro-politics. They start small but they think large, and behold this is not a new idea either.

I just read about Leni Riefenstahl’s work. The essence of the article was that Riefenstahl’s moving image creating a captivating and emotive pieces of work (or campaigns). Now this is being adapted in interactive technologies to create mobility and to allow people to voice their own opinions, share ideas and lobby policies. Just think of Peer2peer sharing, which is happening online, where people can easily post information of their new designs and developments in farming, irrigation, or water ecosystems.

Although this phenomenon is happening, what is more challenging for a skeptic is whether we are entering a community which truly is participatory or simply more individualistic; Are we neglecting the political power structures that build society when undertaking this research into micro-politics? Or alternatively, am I being too paranoid. I’m more of a skeptic and although technology and networks create this dynamic form of social organization, I see the catch in it. Where is the funding coming from?


Knife Party and Rayner, Tim and Robson, Simon (2010) Coalition of the Willing  http://coalitionofthewilling.org.uk/

Manning, Erin (2009) ‘From Biopolitics to the Biogram, or How Leni Riefenstahl Moves through Fascism’ in Relationscapes, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Anon. (2010) ‘Elinor Ostrom’, p2p foundation, link http://p2pfoundation.net/Elinor_Ostrom



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