[NetBehaviour] Not Now James, We're Busy
mark.r.hancock at gmail.com
Sun Apr 22 14:16:35 CEST 2012
Good post Rob, a nice precise of the project and as ever, bringing something to light I had no idea about.
On 21 Apr 2012, at 16:08, Rob Myers wrote:
> This post does not include the phrase "frantic academic clopping".
> James Bridle's "Where The F**k Was I?" (2011) is a book containing 202
> maps depicting his movements over the previous year. The maps were
> produced using OpenStreetMap (2004) to plot the secret location database
> that iPhones (2007) had been discovered to be keeping (April 2011). It
> is printed as a hardback book using Lulu (2002), although images from it
> can be seen on flickr (2004).
> In writing about this project, Bridle reflects on the impact of
> discovering that he was being spied on and takes this as a leaping off
> point for wider and deeper reflection on the nature of memory and of the
> mediation of experience by technology. In doing so he discusses
> contemporary art, contemporary literature, and contemporary
> cybercultural theory.
> I would like to make two points about this project.
> The first is that it would have been impractical before 2007, and
> unnecessary before 2011. I appreciate that in the 1990s JODI were
> multi-billion-dollar companies profiting from pervasive digital devices
> and logistics that meant the virtual tail of the
> military-industrial-fashion complex was wagging the actual dog of
> society in ways that were bleeding through into everyday experience, but
> I think we all have to admit that they didn't have a Tumblr (2007).
> The second is that the project is a serious and literate consideration
> of personal experience as shaped by our present situation that uses
> aesthetics not due to Theoretic inarticulacy but precisely to
> communicate the full impact of its subject effectively.
> I am arguing that Bridle's project of The New Aesthetic (TNA) is indeed
> considering both the new and the aesthetic, and that both these aspects
> of it are critically valuable and cannot be reduced to historical or
> textual surrogates.
> My favourite responses to TNA so far have been:
> David Berry critiquing Object Oriented Philosophical approaches to TNA
> and providing three different ways of considering it that come from
> within cyberculture -
> Saul Albert providing some very useful historical comparisons to net.art -
> And Honor Harger pointing out the gap between the straw man of TNA that
> many people are attacking and what it actually is -
> - Rob.
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