Mark Amerika's META DATA: A Digital Poetics (Leonardo Books) PDF

By Mark Amerika

ISBN-10: 0262012332

ISBN-13: 9780262012331

ISBN-10: 1429479647

ISBN-13: 9781429479646

This wealthy selection of writings by means of pioneering electronic artist Mark Amerika mixes (and remixes) own memoir, internet artwork idea, fictional narrative, satirical reportage, scholarly background, and network-infused language artwork. META/DATA is a playful, improvisatory, multitrack "digital sampling" of Amerika's writing from 1993 to 2005 that tells the early background of a web artwork global "gone wild" whereas at the same time developing a parallel poetics of web artwork that enhances Amerika's personal inventive practice.Unlike different new media artists who could create artwork to justify their theories, Amerika records the emergence of latest media paintings kinds whereas he creates them. providing a multifaceted view of the electronic artwork scene on topics starting from interactive storytelling to web paintings, reside VJing, on-line curating, and net publishing, Amerika provides us "Spontaneous Theories," "Distributed Fictions" (including his groundbreaking GRAMMATRON, the precious "Insider's consultant to Avant-Garde Capitalism," and others), the extra scholarly "Academic Remixes," "Net Dialogues" (peer-to-peer theoretical explorations with different artists and writers), and the electronic salvos of "Amerika on-line" (among them, "Surf-Sample-Manipulate: Playgiarism at the Net," "The inner most lifetime of a community Publisher," and satirical ideas on "Writing As Hactivism"). META/DATA additionally includes a component to full-color photographs, together with a few of Amerika's so much famous and influential works.Provocative, digressive, nomadic, and enjoyable to learn, Amerika's texts name to brain the cadences of Gertrude Stein, the Beats, cyberpunk fiction, or even The day-by-day convey greater than they do the standard new media theorizing. META/DATA maps the international of internet tradition with Amerika as advisor and resident artist.

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In a different context, we would call this a peer-to-peer network but is really a community of shared interest (and where there’s interest, there’s investment, and where there’s investment, a market is sure to follow). Digitally inclined A-P artists are not deconstructionists who, in the old French style, playfully sample from the history of philosophy so that they can then innovatively remix the nagging metaphysical TEXT that never goes away. This kind of poststructuralist critique of culture may be one elemental by-product of their ongoing online art performance.

Is there a Virtual Chora in the House? 4 According to 1960s’ Situationist philosophy (which grew out of the writings and actions of a group of European artists and thinkers, mostly Parisians, including the movement leader, Guy Debord), collaboratively generated situations intervene in mainstream media discourse and cut into the cult of attentiongrabbing spectacle. ’’ As part of their philosophical program, the Situationists suggested that one way to experiment with a psychogeographical premise would be to investigate drifting as an experimental mode of behavior—that is, to hastily mobilize the body through varied environments, to be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters found there, and to see how these experiences alter ways of behaving and consequently seeing the world.

This reminds me of something another artist-researcher named Vito Acconci once said in his essay ‘‘Steps into Performance (and Out)’’: If I specialize in a medium, then I would be fixing a ground for myself, a ground I would have to be digging myself out of, constantly, as one medium was substituted for another—so then instead of turning toward ‘‘ground’’ I would shift my attention and turn to ‘‘instrument,’’ I would focus on myself as the instrument that acted on whatever ground was available.

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