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Re: Claire's Bishop's digital divide piece in Art Forum

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Paul Brown <[log in to unmask]>

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Paul Brown <[log in to unmask]>

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Sun, 2 Sep 2012 16:16:48 +0100

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Honor, Crumbs

A humorous and not quite irrelevant letter from Art Forum in 1967:

  http://www.brown-and-son.com/post/30726913255/artforum-letter-1967-http-artforum-com

This letter appeared in PAGE 62 - the bulletin of the Computer Arts Society, Autumn 2005 -- which can be downloaded in full from

    http://computer-arts-society.com/uploads/46_4f4b4a1a687a8339106939.pdf

Best
Paul

On 02/09/2012, at 2:09 PM, Honor Harger wrote:

> It's a beautifully written article, but rather flawed, I feel. Bishop 
> begins by rightly saying that "contemporary art [has] been curiously 
> unresponsive to the total upheaval in our labor and leisure 
> inaugurated by the digital revolution".
> 
> But then completely inexplicably states that she will not be 
> addressing contemporary art that could be considered "new media". 
> She writes, "there is, of course, an entire sphere of 'new media' 
> art, but this is a specialized field of its own" ...
> and presumably therefore unworthy of her consideration?
> 
> This becomes problematic later in the article, where she makes 
> awkward statements like this: "the digital, by contrast, is code, 
> inherently alien to human perception".
> 
> Something that is created by humans can not surely be "inherently 
> alien to human perception". At least not to the humans that wrote the 
> code. Or are we to view them as aliens?
> 
> In Bishop's analysis of contemporary research driven art, she 
> concludes that there's a turn away from examining "the social, 
> political, and economic conditions of the present".
> 
> Where does that leave the work of Trevor Paglen, for example, or 
> Marko Peljhan, or many others we might cite.   But thereby resurfaces 
> the problematic point of the article. I guess those artists are too 
> close to the "sphere of new media art", which Bishop is explicitly 
> ignoring in this piece, to be considered relevant refutations of this 
> argument.
> 
> She asks, "is there a sense of fear underlying visual art's disavowal 
> of new media?". A somewhat ironic, or perhaps obsolete question, 
> given that she has disavowed it right from the beginning of the 
> article.
> 
> She does then perhaps provides a reason for both the fear and the 
> disavowal at the conclusion of the: "at its worst [ the digital 
> revolution] signals the impending obsolescence of visual art itself".
> 
> I greatly enjoyed reading the article, and respect Claire Bishop 
> enormously, and am grateful for these issues being raised in a 
> mainstream contemporary art journal like Art Forum.  But I think it's 
> highly problematic to dismiss the practice of many visual artists who 
> do address the "total upheaval in our labor and leisure inaugurated 
> by the digital revolution" with rigour and intelligence.
> 
> Honor
> 
> 
> 
> From:         Martin John Callanan <[log in to unmask]>
> 
>> so many words to say nothing.
>> 
>> 
>> On 2 September 2012 13:49, Honor Harger <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>> 
>>> I am guessing you've all probably read Claire Bishop's fascinating essay in
>>> Art Forum, the "Digital Divide"?
>>> http://artforum.com/inprint/issue=201207&id=31944
>>> 
>>> "So why do I have a sense that the appearance and content of contemporary
>>> art have been curiously unresponsive to the total upheaval in our labor and
>>> leisure inaugurated by the digital revolution? While many artists use
>>> digital technology, how many really confront the question of what it means
>>> to think, see, and filter affect through the digital? How many thematize
>>> this, or reflect deeply on how we experience, and are altered by, the
>>> digitization of our existence? I find it strange that I can count on one
>>> hand the works of art that do seem to undertake this task
>>> [....]
>>> There is, of course, an entire sphere of "new media" art, but this is a
>>> specialized field of its own: It rarely overlaps with the mainstream art
>>> world (commercial galleries, the Turner Prize, national pavilions at
>>> Venice). While this split is itself undoubtedly symptomatic, the mainstream
>>> art world and its response to the digital are the focus of this essay."
>>> 
>>> I'd be interested in your eruditions on this.
>>> 
>>> best,
>>> 
>>> Honor
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
> 
> 
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====
Paul Brown - based in the UK May to November 2012
http://www.paul-brown.com == http://www.brown-and-son.com
UK Mobile +44 (0)794 104 8228 == USA fax +1 309 216 9900
Skype paul-g-brown
====
Synapse Artist-in-Residence - Deakin University
http://www.deakin.edu.au/itri/cisr/projects/hear.php
Honorary Visiting Professor - Sussex University
http://www.cogs.susx.ac.uk/ccnr/research/creativity.html
====

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