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of Technical Difficulty
By the aesthetics of technical difficulty, I don't mean the artistic
failure of the actual work itself from a critical point of view, but rather
the result of what happens when your computers crash, your internet connection
goes down, or your data projector blows up.
You Too Can Be Part
of the Emergency Crew - Michelle Teran's Art: Finding Connection in Disconnected
One of the much touted truisms of the Internet is that through it we
are enabled to become better connected to other people in distant places.
A person in one country can talk to another far away about as easily as
they could with a person next door. This, the theory goes, helps the human
race to view itself as being part of a larger global community in which
borders dissolve and people connect based on something closer to who they
really are and what they really need.
PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED ARTICLES
of Art and Technology: An Interview with Billy Kluver of E.A.T.
Working in collaboration with such artists as Robert Raushenberg, Andy
Warhol, and Robert Whitman, Billy Kluver was at the forefront of the "Art
and Technology" movement of the late 1960's. In an attempt to bring artists
and engineers together, Kluver -- a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering -- formed
Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) with Robert Rauschenberg in
1966. Still directing Experiments in Art and Technology after thirty years,
Kluver explains the inspiration, formation, and operation of the group
-- and shares some of his views of technology and art.
If you ever find yourself doing research in virtual reality, chances
are you will come across the name Carl Eugene Loeffler. Loeffler is a pioneer
in combining telecommunications with art...
To watch Australian performance artist Stelarc play a video of his
suspension performances -- in which he hangs naked from flesh-piercing
hooks attached to ropes -- is a bit like voluntarily running your long
fingernails down the surface of a clean blackboard...
Beyond the Realm
of Humans: An Interview with Mark Pauline of S.R.L.
Leading the San-Francisco-based "Survival Research Laboratories", Mark
Pauline has distinguished himself as one of the pioneers of large-scale
machine-based performance. Since starting S.R.L. in 1979, Pauline has directed
nearly fifty shows -- scavenging and incorporating technology from the
silicon valley into a massive spectacle of steel, hydraulics, flame, power,
Rhiengold's Virtual Reality
Meeting Howard Rheingold can't be too far off from going on a psychedelic
trip. On the evening I finally met him face to face, he was wearing a deep
purple shirt, rainbow suspenders, bright red pants and jacket, a pair of
boots he had painted multicolour designs on, and a funky fedora.
the technodiva speaks
Brenda Laurel has become the technodiva of technology. Her views on
human-computer interaction are some of the most widely-quoted in the field
today, and given her theories it is no surprise that her original background
is not in computers, but theatre. She brings a fresh perspective to the
commonly-thought cold relationship between humans and their machines.
Emerging trends in culture and technology point to the
advancement of anti-hype. Convergence has been superceded by the 'collision'
between business, artists, government and the general public.
Coretext is about the linkages and tensions between art,
electronic culture and the world in which it exists. In it, we feature
artists who use electronic media in their work and the surrounding discourse
of art and technology within its socio-political environment. We produce
online exhibits which bring together the work of many artists who come
together around common themes. We will promote events in other places and
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