Cecilia Wee, London-based artist writer, broadcaster and curator, will be speaking on our Digital futures and analogue survivals panel this Sunday. Here she has compiled some thoughts and quotations from others that explore the issues of our third conference strand.
“Chaotically speaking, is not such hybrid reality the condition of an impossibility of setting up boundaries, perimeters and limits, presuming that everything crossbreeds, entangles, merges and penetrates everything else? This is the digital world in which we play our games, for what is the digital if not a powerful technique of hybridization, contamination and dissemination.”
Data Art & Interactive Landscapes, in Swan Quake – a User’s Manual, Johannes Birringer
“Anything that is approached in depth acquires as much interest as the greatest matters. Because ‘depth’ means ‘in interrelation’, not in isolation. Depth means insight, not point of view; and insight is a kind of mental involvement in process that makes the content of the item seem quite secondary. Consciousness itself is an inclusive process not at all dependent on content.”
“The very notion of immersion suggests a spiritual realm, an amniotic ocean, where one might be washed in symbols and reborn again. Virtual landscapes can also figure as liminal realms of transformation, outside the world of social limits and constraints, like the cave or the sweat lodge, if only by reason of their virtuality.”
Virtualities: Television, Media Art, and Cyberculture, Margaret Morse
“A relationship with a computer can influence people’s conception of themselves, their jobs, their relationships with other people, and with their ways of thinking about social processes. It can be the basis for new aesthetic values, new rituals, new philosophy, new cultural forms.”
The Second Self, Sherry Turkle
“If the artist is making a platform for participation, then it is not necessarily the fabric of physical platform that is important, but the knowledge of how the immaterial systems of participation operate: ‘I’m not a machine. I’m not a mechanical thing. I’m not a hardware, I’m a software’ (Rirkrit Tiravanija).”
Rethinking Curating – Art After New Media, Beryl Graham and Sarah Cook.