Another week has passed in the #NetNarr course and this time, we’ve focused on the image in the context of the digital revolution. This changed the game completely. Going from the analog to the digital, art can now be produced, reproduced and distributed by, well, anyone. The reproduction aspect of this is very interesting to me. I remember in my class in Denmark, we watched a short clip from an episode regarding the reproduction of art by John Berger called “Way of Seeing.” It focuses on the things the camera allows for us now, e.g. the reproduction of a painting. A picture of a painting allows it to be seen in a million different places at the same time now where once, they belonged to their own place. Now, they are in many different contexts. The uniqueness of the painting that once was is in this way “ruined” by reproduction of it. It doesn’t belong to a certain place anymore, the image comes to you, you don’t come to them — or at least, you don’t have to.
So yes, the digital revolution has questioned the relationship between the original and the copy, and it has made art accessible for almost anyone. But it has also allowed the creation of digital art, using the computer as an artist tool.
Apart from the digital artist we heard about in the lecture, it has also allowed electronic literature to emerge. And Leonardo Flores’s lecture which we attended Wednesday quite amazed me. His lecture was about the third generation electronic literature, and I wasn’t quite sure what electronic literature was before this. Honestly, I thought it might was the digitalization of the book — reading on computer and tablets. But it is so much more than that. In his definition, it is language-centered art that engages the expressive potential of electronic and digital media.
What amazes me is that I didn’t really think I knew what it was when really, I have stumbled across it online plenty of times. The Twitterbots, generating tweets, kinetic typography and the lyric videos, netprovs and social media performances.
Take for example the Twitterbots. @tiny_star_field that tweets out, well, tiny star fields. Or @pentametron that makes poems-like retweets, generated by a bot. This takes the idea of the bot and makes it an independent machine that produces content for social networks. The coolest part is, anyone can make them — even I could.
All in all, this week’s lectures have been very interesting and lærerig (I really can’t find the English word for that, sorry!) to me.
Now, speaking of Twitter, I will include my #dda’s for this week:
And I never got around to share the meme I made in the seminar group so here goes:
Next up is GIF making and that is just awesome!