Thinking @ Space & Time in Digital Art

Digital Art:  Space & Time

This week we have moved our discussion from a more general reflection about the digital revolution, to considering digital art (its form & content) more closely.  We have apprehended that every art object is also about it’s materiality, and that art form (the medium) is inextricably linked to art content (the meaning).  I referred early this week to the oft repeated “mantra” handed down from communication theorist Marshall McLuhan – “the medium is the message”: 

In keeping with this observation, we have looked more closely at how the medium (i.e. the media form used to make meaning) becomes the driving force in the thematic aspirations of much digital art.

In particular, we have looked more closely at the concepts of space and time, through the lens of installation and the moving image.   We have questioned the relationship between real and virtual space, and how technology both imagines and also transforms our experience of the natural world.  We also spoke a bit about about the live webcam (along with databases and interactivity), and how these aspects of digitization have meant radical re-assembly and re-configuration of image sequencing, pushing us to consider the effect of time in new ways.

If you want to refer to the lectures this week, here are the slides for February 6th and the slides from February 8th.

#NetNarr FLASH close readings

Our public #NetNarr FLASH close readings have been an excellent exercise in thinking collectively and collaboratively about how artists have produced certain meaning.  By flexing our shared “close reading” muscles, we have started to interpret what digital artists are doing in their work:

We took at closer look at two selected pieces of digital art.

Sky Magic Live at Mt.Fuji : Drone Ballet Show

With Sky Magic Drone Ballet, we continued to think about the spaces between real and virtual geographies – the gaps and overlaps – and how artists are exploring these worlds.

Lisa Park’s Eunoia II

With Eunoia II, we thought about the idea of translation.  Park attempts to translate her inner world by manifesting it (through digital technologies) to the external world. Through brainwave technology and sound waves, she makes her emotions appear in new form.  This work opened up a conversation about the gap between what is inside vs. what can be apprehended from the outside.  We thought about masks that we might wear, and the ways we do (or do not) represent ourselves in the digital realm. This theme will be carried into next week!

A bit of research on Net Art

In lieu of lab time this week, I have asked you all to pursue a bit of research and exploration of Net Art on your own.  Please take a moment  to explore and familiarize yourself with  

Please surf the site (link above), discover new forms of net art, and tweet a link to a discovery you made there. Be sure to send the link along with a very brief description of the work to our #NetNarr hashtag ! (Sharing what caught your attention might just invite others to check out what caught your eye there.)

For next week

Just a reminder that I will be in Oslo presenting my Fulbright research and installation projects next Thursday.

I will miss you in person on Thursday for sure, but our lecture will be replaced by our Studio Visit video conversation with Emilio Vavarella (the archived conversation will be a required viewing in lieu of our class meeting).  I have three excellent #Netnarr students who have signed up to speak with him next Tuesday evening at 19:00.  If a few others would like to join that chat, there are still a few spots, so let me know by the close of class on Tuesday.  I am really looking forward to this one!

Enjoy the Fastelavn weekend.  God helg!





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