Blog #7 Art as Experience

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SUMMARY:

In this reading called “Art as Experience: Meet the Active Audience” talks about the development of  traditional institutional  contexts and art criticism. The new media has enlarged the importance of the artwork based on the materials that are used and the production of it. Another pivotal element of new media is, technology because of the mediated distance it creates. This factor changes our view of the world. We seem to have a distant connection more and more over the years. Due to the convergence of personal and mass media through new media technologies has caused changes in legislative politics and in the intimate sphere of personal relationships. So the line for the public domain is being changed also. For instance the use of copyright infringement is becoming more prominent due to the use of copying or remixing. The art world may need to re-look at how we can connect back to un-synthesizing use of media.

RESPONSE:

I see the role of the composer, artist and author has become obscured inside a machine which gathers reception, manipulation and the sending of data in one place. Internet art is totally dependent on engagement and can only show itself to its full advantage by virtue of the active participant. Without an audience which adds content, navigates, reacts or accepts an invitation for participation or an invitation to make use of a specific work nothing happens, and more importantly, without this there is practically no art experience. That’s the most important part.

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Blog #6 Network Culture

SUMMARY:

The reading titled “The Immediated Now: Network Culture and the Poetics of Reality”discusses issues about the sociocultural shift from modernism to postmodernism and the shift from postmodernism to network culture. Our society is shifting into a world that’s reliant on technology and the development of “new media”. So in the art world the postmodernism called high and low art are bringing in industrialized (consumerized) media products into art. For instance Andy Warhol and his use of the Coca Cola bottle and the Campbell’s Soup cans, into an artform. So in constructing the poetic reality, anything that is already there can be used by the artist’s everyday life (self-exposure), videos on YouTube (remix) or computer-generated selection of news on internet (information visualisation). Boundaries are blurring between artist and curator (remix), artist and audience (participation), and so are boundaries between art and non-art.

RESPONSE:

i really enjoyed this read because I’m fascinated by the clash of high and low art and what’s considered important. I have a connection with kitched items and how they can invoke consumerist ideologies. Network culture is demolishing boundaries between the real and constructed. Like the popular tv shows “Keeping up with the Kardashians” or “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” are something that I try to base on what’s real and what’s fake.As more and more of our culture is becoming a immediate experience (as opposed to immediate), the more we question the nature of reality. Network culture is playing with our sense of reality. jkjksgaefa 

Blog #5 Interactive and Participatory Art

SUMMARY:

The article Interactive and Participatory Art discusses the modern act of physically and intellectually inviting the audience into the artwork itself. The artists make the artwork more so about the viewers and the connection that can happen with the artist themselves. They needed the participation of the viewers to help the subject matter come alive in the gallery space. This article talks about a number of artist that do these interaction in their work. Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s Untitled (Portrait of Ross in L.A.), Yoko Ono’s 1964’s Cut Piece, Olafur Eliasson’s The Weather Project in 2003, Tino Sehgal’s This Progress, and Marina Abramovic’s The Artist Is Present at MoMa. These artists received world wide exposure and success because of the new element provided in just “looking” at art in museums. vlyiugiuoiuh;oi;ioo;

RESPONSE:

This is one of my favorite genres in the art world. I’m always so drawn to these kind of exhibitions. I respect that the artists want to give a deeper level of emotional response. In the article they proved an excellent point stating that this activity in art is expected due to how how culture is now. Because we expect instant gratification like posting about our daily activities or opinions online. Which means we’re catered by emotions so the involvement with each viewer invokes further investigation towards the artists. Galleries are especially enhancing by allowing interactivity and digital-web-minded visitors, to access info from their phones. I can’t wait to see and hear about more interactive exhibits.

Ann Hamilton's "The Event of a Thread." 2012-2013
Ann Hamilton’s “The Event of a Thread.” 2012-2013

Blog #4 Appropriation

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SUMMARY:

Everything is a Remix Part 3 by Kirby Ferguson who gives great insight on the use of inspiration for creativity.The basic elements of creativity: copy, transform, and combine. He talks about the fundamentals through copying, which is possible to create something new through transformation. Like taking an idea and creating variations of that. For instance he made a great point about how technology (Macintosh) has been enhanced through the use of inspiration from other companies. And the perfect illustration of the devices we’re using right now.

RESPONSE:

I agree that the term “Everything is a Remix” is precisely true. Through history things evolve by technology, art, literature, fashion, etc…. the list goes on. I myself as an artist use inspiration from other artists and “remix” it into my own interpretations. For instance a well known artist in history ANDY WARHOL. His work is constantly remixed and enhanced even. It’s not taking away anything that he’s accomplished, just praised creatively.

Blog #3 Long Distance

In A World That’s Always On, We Are Trapped In The “Present”

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SUMMARY:

A read by Duglas Rushkoff called “Present” Shock: When Everything Happens Now” talks about economics, technology, politics, philosophy, and history. Rushkoff talks about Digiphrenia, which is described to be a digitally provoked mental chaos that exists in society now. We may think that we’re connecting with our friends online….but are we really connected?

RESPONSE:

Technology lets us be in more than one place then reality—at the same time which can lead us to clone our real selves into our many digital personas. I can fully say that I’ve allowed myself to be slaved to my phone. I depend on it mainly for communication with my long-distance relationship. Even though my boyfriend is and hour away. It feels comforting that we can still connect throughout the day, like he’s one click away. This gives me somewhat of relief by dealing with the constant hassle of my everyday routines.

Dealing with social media when I’m out experiencing something or with my significant other, nowadays I just live in the moment without posting to Facebook about my actions or things like that because I’ve realized over the years I’m not getting younger. So i’m learning to live in the physical and mental “moment”.

Blog #2 Jenkins Introduction “Worship at the altar of convergence:”

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SUMMARY:

In this article, Jenkins discusses the theories of convergence culture from 1990-2006. He discusses old media vs. new media, old consumers (passive) vs. new consumers (active), and what all this means for the producers of both old and new media. Within our media culture there has been a complete shift regarding media consumption. A term spoken numerously in the article was, Media Convergence. It explains the trend in the evolution of technology services and industry structures. Jenkins argues that struggles over convergence will redefine the face of American popular culture.

RESPONSE:

Jenkins brought up a lot of media turmoil that’s not really talked about. I believe that I came to an understanding of what the article speaks about. Throughout the years, media consumers have become producers, and consume on their own terms. For example fans of popular culture and literature write their own fan fiction and the copyright laws are challenged. Some Industry leaders see opportunities to direct content across many channels to increase sells and expand markets. Journalism has to accommodate to better make use of today’s culture and find a way to make news in it, as well as convince people that they want to pay for it. I believe this will gradually effect the way we view media, years to come.