Thursday, August 10, 2006

Thursday Morning

Wow. ISEA got of to a pretty overwhelming start, and there it is, Thursday Morning.

As a brief exercise in inquiry, I think I'd like to make a point regarding zeitgeists, and why they are resonating with us. For example, the threads in ISEA. There are many topics, like Locative media, data mapping (something that I do myself), ecologies, and so on that are being explored. On a retoricl level I have to ask whether these are the right ones and why these are the ones that are compelling to us.

More or less, it has to do with the zeitgeist of technology driving the art or the artist probing the zeitgeist of technology. The show makes it obvious that the two are linked if one considers the state of technological development.

However, there are some questions that I have, such as the collapse of mass interest in exoscience, the desire to layer geomapping (has Google Earth been THAT influential?), the lack of the overtly critical or political in New Media in an age where politics are ubiquitous, historically self-referential works, and so on. Regardless of its breadth, New Media has a remarkably monocultural swath on a number of levels, and this makes me wonder. I hope that this is a seed for a larger discussion.

Now, on to the work.


Blogger sarahk said...

Also really interested in the relative absence of overtly political/critical work in the mix here and elsewhere. Even more than that, where there is said to be political content, there seems to be a common set of assumptions/touchstones: Certeau and the Situationists, ecstatic-transgressive individualism, and giving voice/telling stories. Absent is some kind of structural analysis that is not totalizing and has room for autonomous activity but which doesn't re-center the individual "user" (who sounds and looks a lot like the prosumer). Is this reflective of the kind of work being made, the kind of work being submitted, or the kind of work being curated?

It was great to see the Tactical Ice Cream Unit crash the party yesterday for exactly these reasons...people dug it, too.

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