sexta-feira, novembro 29, 2013

the moist media thoughts of Roy Ascott

Ascott doesn't use the term “digital media”. Preferring the more inviting “moist media”, it represents where art is now: representing a multiplicity of media, configured and manipulated in an infinite number of ways by distributed authorship, publication, and distribution. Moist represents a convergence of silicon, dry computational systems and wet biological processes, tremendously extending the sensorium of the self. We look deeper and multitask almost permanently.

the way we are now!
our planet is telematic
our media is moist
our mind is technoetic
our modeling is cybernetic
our sensorium is extended
our identity is multiple
our body is transformable
our art is syncretic
our substrate is nano
our reality is variable

Roy Ascott 2013 - COST (Arts & Technologies Workshop - CAT - ZAGREB, 2013)

Ascott adds:
The art of our time is technoetic, syncretic, telematic; it's in a hybrid space, it interacts with transmodalities, and offers a transformation of our consciousness. That's some challenge.

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Indeed the art of our time throbs in this hybrid space, calling upon all different types of media and happening at a vertiginous velocity that does not yet let's us guess a direction (if there is a direction, or an end to it). Constantly transforming a perspective on both sides (both for the maker and the expérienceur. The multiplicity of our existence requires a multiplicity of experiences and a wide range of senses involved in every action. From a time where art was an object of contemplation it is now subject to constant and immediate change not only in the field of interpretation but also being connected to the art work itself.
As we are to be perceived as individuals in this new era, we do not tend to follow only one belief, one truth, we make our own context from combining different variables co-existing in the same time and space. The velocity of making and consuming has been re-defined and we no longer follow the same measure/evaluation patterns, the problem is we haven't found new ones, our - as Ascott refers - we no longer have to concern about large scale measures but look further to a nano perspective - as that IS our substrate.

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