quarta-feira, abril 30, 2014

F.O.D

: Fear of Disappearing

Permanent Vacation - Cory Arcangel, 2007 (2 computers stuck in an out-of-office email loop)

What we should not expect from Turing-land is art which will be accepted in Duchamp-land. Duchamp-land wants art, not research into new aesthetic possibilities of new media. The convergence will not happen. -- Lev Manovich

Permanent Vacation - Cory Arcangel, 2008 (2 computers stuck in an out-of-office email loop)

Cory Arcangel (today in Serralves, Porto, Portugal) talked about his works or in fact about his current developments. The artist that was called to take part in the "New Perspectives" cycle, taking place at the Contemporary Museum of Serralves in the city of Oporto, decided to talk about his need to explore new forms of expression which lately have been taking the shape of archival and branding in order to "spread them throughout the world".

"When you made net art works, ten years ago, you should really get the attention of people that were not looking for artwork". Cory Arcangel

As the lecture went on and Cory started to wonder inside his own computer (mind) all the body of work started to be part of a stream of consciousness that relates to the "fear of dying", in the sense that as every human being is a day closer to its own ending (even if you are not afraid of flying), a fear that becomes even larger in meaning if you think about the randomness and volatileness of life nowadays. That same sense of being absorbed into the digital void ending up in this kaleidoscopic-pop-ageless-of-non-culture place is transcribed in his work as a form of preservation not only of the digital but of everything that can be preserved and (if possible) shared with the world "in print". That creates the idea of a cloud that is not about going offline but in the place of the online is a direct exchange with material artifacts that are no longer part of a mass culture but instead a world connected because they're exposed to things they care and crave the most.

Maybe the Fear Of Missing Out is being replaced by a need of leaving limited editions to be remembered after.

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