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Re: art and its effect upon politics, economics and gastronomy

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Simon Biggs <[log in to unmask]>

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Date:

Fri, 23 Sep 2005 11:01:47 +0100

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I am not sure what the subject of your question is? In one way writing is
all the same, like all creative practice is the same. In other ways
different types of writing can be profoundly different.

This is why I like to work with online and digital media, rather than
traditional media like paint, scultpture or print. I want to make work that
changes itself, is aware of how it is "read" and uses this "knowledge" to
modify what is "written". My interest here is not in seeking to understand
what "writing" is well enough to model and replicate its processes in
automatic systems but rather to open up and problematise the processes of
"reading" and "writing".

This can be done, to a degree, with more traditional media, but it is more
difficult and, for me at least, most attempts to do this in conventional
media have always seemed descriptive or representative of this
problematisation rather than an actual instance of it.

I enjoy watching writing write itself. I do not necessarily wish to read
what is written.

Whether these same principles can be applied to cooking I am not sure?
Perhaps the food synthesiser used in the original Star Trek series would be
the medium to do it with. However, as the most advanced device we have
developed in this direction so far is the microwave, and this has the
function of rendering all food processed through it into mouth ulcerating
goo, I imagine that our technologies for writing are well in advance of our
culinary technologies. Mind you, in all probability, the Star Trek machine
produces the same result.

The significant difference here of course is in the relative status of the
word and the ingredient. One is a signifier and the other a signified. To
date our technologies clearly work better in the abstract world of signs.

Best

Simon


On 23.09.05 00:00, Lawrence Upton wrote:

> How would this be different to other forms of writing. I mean inherently
> 
> One of the great benefits to me of being online is in either order (a) =
> that though what I do may be in itself less than pop, via the net i can =
> get an audience (b) tho the writing which interests me is occurring all =
> over, with the net i can access it
> 
> actually i think that's preferable to a localised movement because it =
> makes it harder tho not impossible for careerism to get going
> 
> & ditto to discussion
> 
> but it seems to me that the values are the same tho the forms may be =
> different



Simon Biggs
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http://www.littlepig.org.uk/

Professor, Art and Design Research Centre
Sheffield Hallam University, UK
http://www.shu.ac.uk/schools/cs/cri/adrc/research2/

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