We have a number of threads and conversations going that you are welcome to
continue, however, as the topic this month is quite broad, and has expanded
ever broader to encompass a wide swath of all things new media, let me
introduce a final more focussed challenge for the final week of March.
In the spirit of CRUMB's practical approach to research, I propose that we
spend the final week giving examples of performativity and code within our
own work by responding to a question of When:
When, in your own art practice, does performativity occur? Is it when the
code is written? Is it when you perform with your body or voice? When a
participant encounters your work? At all of these points, at another time,
or not at all? Can you give a specific example?
You may choose to comment on the way you are defining performativity in
your answer (many definitions have been offered over the course of the
I will post again soon answering this question in relation to one of my own
On Sat, Mar 22, 2014 at 11:42 PM, Sarah Thompson <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> Hi GH and list
> I am not setting you up
> this is really serious issue in terms
> of how coders seem to think that we
> are all comfortable with boundaries adjusting
> and this is political on so many peoples' parts
> in terms of readjusting territories
> but it is also deeply psychological in terms
> of being able to tell the real from the symbolic
> I know you said that thing about monkeys and
> yes it's on the right track, but seriously if young
> people are self-harming and getting a thrill out of
> self-harming with others then surely the symbolic
> is failing them in some way in terms of not addressing
> their concerns in terms of 'live coding' or whatever
> Is the performatvity of code not moving both
> psychologically as well as politically to a lot
> of people's interests using psychology as a weapon
> sort of thing
> -----Original Message----- From: G.H. Hovagimyan
> Sent: Saturday, March 22, 2014 8:15 PM
> To: Sarah Thompson
> Cc: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [NEW-MEDIA-CURATING] March Discussion Begins: The
> Performativity of Code
> Hi Sarah & List,
> On Mar 15, 2014, at 7:01 PM, Sarah Thompson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> because they feel safe in terms of what is me
>> and what is not me
> Oh Sara you are setting me up!
> I can also say it's all me or it's all you or it's both and neither.
> On a deeper perceptual level, I think humans have filters on all their
> senses. I think we evolved to survive by filtering out sensations and
> putting reason to what we experience.
> Our tool making allows us to see beyond our senses. Our computers think
> beyond our brain and memory. We know there is more than what we can sense.
> Your idea of safety is probably tied into that notion of evolutionary
> survival on some level.
> Is that enough psychology for you? ;-) This gets to the core notion of
> performance as being. That's why using computers and New Media can extend
> our questioning of our perceptual boundaries.
> G.H. Hovagimyan
// Victoria Bradbury
Researcher @ www.crumbweb.org
New Media Caucus <http://www.newmediacaucus.org> <CommComm>
Attaya Projects <http://attayaprojects.com> // Collaborator