[NetBehaviour] Distant

beëXperiments mediaidea at arkania.org
Sun Mar 9 02:09:40 CET 2008


that's beautiful, marc, grand to read it,

"i am still learning"

:)

grand....


thank u so much 4 sharing,



marc garrett escribió:
> Hi Edward,
>
> Sorry for taking time in getting back to you, it has been a bit busy at 
> this end...
>
> Firstly, I am glad that you have found time to explore and experience 
> the work, as well as appreciate the art within it...
>
> This means a lot to me because I wish to reach people in a way like art 
> used to, or at least see if it is still possible via this form of making 
> art.
>
>  >To me the most poignant screen is the one where someone's lounging on 
> a river-bank, and we get the sound of the running water - it should be 
> an idyllic scene - but both the figure on the bank and the river itself 
> have been removed and replaced by the fizzy background. It's as if 
> technology is like an acid eating away parts of life.
>
> "It's as if technology is like an acid eating away parts of life."E_Picot.
>
> Your statement is very interesting to me personally because, I feel as 
> though this is issue concerns all of us. I am someone who has loved the 
> advancement of what technology has given us, yet at the same time my 
> 'luddite' sentiments do seem to be re-emerging in respect of not wanting 
> to be caught up in the perpetually grinding force of capitalism's, 
> non-contextual and mechanistic colonisation of our cultures. Which is 
> driven mainly by product using the illusion of freedom as a consumer led 
> selling point.
>
>  >But why is it called "Distant"? Most of the photographs look rather 
> old - they're black and white, of course. Does the title indicate that 
> they refer to an earlier era, a simpler way of life which has now become 
> distant from us because of technology?
>
> The images are found images, from various sources on the Internet.
>
> The photographs communicated to me, a kind of sadness. Many of the 
> images that I seemed to be moved by, were black and white and from early 
> 1900's. They reflected something poignant to me, about my own inevitable 
> death and some friends that I have lost through the years. When I cut 
> out the identities so that they could be used In 'Distant', I began to 
> imagine myself and past friends in them. Some who I have no contact with 
> any more, some who have passed away.
>
> One of the reasons that I chose black and white was because, I wanted 
> the piece to be quiet and not too loud and brash, like most other things 
> in life - away from the sectacle.
>
>  >And, to repeat my opening question, why is it Net Art rather than any 
> other type of new media?
>
> To be honest, I do think that this question has been easy for anyone who 
> has termed part of their practice, as net art. Yet I personally think 
> that my piece has a spirit of net art, not necessarily in close relation 
> to the medium itself, but more to do with the fact that I have a history 
> of making net art and that all the material within the artwork, comes 
> from the Internet 'totally', rather than from any other primary source, 
> in respect of its making and craft.
>
> The problem with saying that you do net art now, is that technology has 
> moved on so much that the case for net art an accepted from of practice 
> is 'of course', not so accepted. Yet, I still willing to explore what 
> this is for myself, on my own terms - and feel it for a bit and see if 
> my net art is more than just theorised labels by those who are merely 
> 'distant' from its actual practice themselves...
>
> I'm still learning :-)
>
> marc
>
>
>
> Marc -
>  
> I've come to this after a gap of several days, but I'd be interested to 
> know why you would characterise it as a piece of Net Art rather than any 
> other type of new media.
>  
> I mean, I like it. It's nice and simple to navigate, it's got unity of 
> style (all the photos in black and white, all about the same size, and 
> all with that zizzy cross-hatching shimmering away in the background), 
> and I like the idea of cutting away all the human figures, and various 
> bits of the landscape or cityscape, so that the background always seems 
> to be bursting through. What I particularly like is the way that the 
> sound is used. Given that the fizzy cross-hatched background seems 
> suggestive of the net, interference/electricity, technology in general, 
> the obvious thing to do would have been to have some kind of crackling 
> static soundtrack, instead of which you've used recordings of actual 
> things and places, often suggestive of events or objects which we can't 
> see in the pictures themselves, and therefore seeming to flesh out the 
> pictures with an extra dimension, suggesting "real life" in a way which 
> the pictures themselves, cut away as they are, wouldn't. To me the most 
> poignant screen is the one where someone's lounging on a river-bank, and 
> we get the sound of the running water - it should be an idyllic scene - 
> but both the figure on the bank and the river itself have been removed 
> and replaced by the fizzy background. It's as if technology is like an 
> acid eating away parts of life.
>  
> But why is it called "Distant"? Most of the photographs look rather old 
> - they're black and white, of course. Does the title indicate that they 
> refer to an earlier era, a simpler way of life which has now become 
> distant from us because of technology? And, to repeat my opening 
> question, why is it Net Art rather than any other type of new media?
>  
> - Edward
>
>
>
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>> Marc -
>>  
>> I've come to this after a gap of several days, but I'd be interested 
>> to know why you would characterise it as a piece of Net Art rather 
>> than any other type of new media.
>>  
>> I mean, I like it. It's nice and simple to navigate, it's got unity of 
>> style (all the photos in black and white, all about the same size, and 
>> all with that zizzy cross-hatching shimmering away in the background), 
>> and I like the idea of cutting away all the human figures, and various 
>> bits of the landscape or cityscape, so that the background always 
>> seems to be bursting through. What I particularly like is the way that 
>> the sound is used. Given that the fizzy cross-hatched background seems 
>> suggestive of the net, interference/electricity, technology in 
>> general, the obvious thing to do would have been to have some kind of 
>> crackling static soundtrack, instead of which you've used recordings 
>> of actual things and places, often suggestive of events or objects 
>> which we can't see in the pictures themselves, and therefore seeming 
>> to flesh out the pictures with an extra dimension, suggesting "real 
>> life" in a way which the pictures themselves, cut away as they are, 
>> wouldn't. To me the most poignant screen is the one where someone's 
>> lounging on a river-bank, and we get the sound of the running water - 
>> it should be an idyllic scene - but both the figure on the bank and 
>> the river itself have been removed and replaced by the fizzy 
>> background. It's as if technology is like an acid eating away parts of 
>> life.
>>  
>> But why is it called "Distant"? Most of the photographs look rather 
>> old - they're black and white, of course. Does the title indicate that 
>> they refer to an earlier era, a simpler way of life which has now 
>> become distant from us because of technology? And, to repeat my 
>> opening question, why is it Net Art rather than any other type of new 
>> media?
>>  
>> - Edward
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