[NetBehaviour] Distant

aabrahams aabrahams at bram.org
Sun Mar 9 12:01:16 CET 2008


indeed
thanks for sharing Marc

Annie

On Sun, Mar 9, 2008 at 2:09 AM, beëXperiments <mediaidea at arkania.org> wrote:

> 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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