[-empyre-] Muzakical Interventions?

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Tue Apr 15 16:35:08 EST 2008

Before the sun rises over here in the global north (america) a few  
more mood swings within the scope of the art formerly known as  
ambient media that redirect the flow of traffic:

Paul Pfeiffer's "Orpheus Descending" installed at WTC in April 2001.
"Pfeiffer installs a video artwork that captures the ten-week life  
cycle of a flock of chickens as they hatch from their eggs and  
develop from day-old chicks to full-grown adults in an organic, free- 
range environment. This pre-recorded video image will be played in  
real time, 24 hours per day, seven days a week, above the steady flow  
of pedestrian traffic. Intended to match the rhythms of this  
community of commuters, the video does not require sustained  
conscious engagement from its viewers. Rather, it is meant to be seen  
in passing for a few moments, day after day in the periphery of  
consciousness, barely registering a subliminal image." Provocative  
yet simple and elegant intervention into the normalization of speed.

Jill Magid "Lobby 7"
"Lobby 7 was performed in the main lobby of the Massachusetts  
Institute of Technology. I hijacked the lobby’s informational  
monitor, interrupting its daily broadcast with a transmission of my  
own. This transmission was a real-time exploration of my body and the  
surrounding architecture as seen through the natural openings of my  
clothes, via a lipstick surveillance camera that I held in my hand.  
The performance took one half hour- the time needed to capture every  
part of myself I that I could reach." Jill's intention is "to seek  
intimate relationships with impersonal structures". She has been  
coined the seductress of surveillance. In many of her works these  
systems of control become subverted as she gets to know the workers  
behind the curtain.

Jeff Crouse - "Youthreebe"
The RE/user generated trinity of Youtube.

and kudos on Peter Sinclair's "Autosync" via GH's earlier post
I find this to be an exciting piece of interactive ambient media  
slash psycho-geo device confronting our co-dependency on locative,  
shrinking electronic devices and enabling the user to regain/reclaim  
their own who, what, where sense-ability.


On Apr 13, 2008, at 10:59 AM, Timothy Murray wrote:

> While I find this discussion on ambient media on plasma to be  
> interesting, I find myself wondering about a certain slide toward  
> this format in the museum and curatorial world which well could  
> distract artists and curators from the quirky grit of much work  
> concerned with "wired sustainability."
> Given my interest in Tom and Patty's emphasis on ambient media and  
> micromedia that might extend conceptual interventions on  
> sustainability beyond the dominant media world, I've also been  
> concerned about the increasing embrace by galleries and museums of  
> the sort of aesthetic that prefers the slickness of large, flat  
> screen video over the complexity of interactive experimentation and/ 
> or abrasive political critique that may be made more appropriately  
> via amateur/self-made machineries and aesthetics.
> I can think of two major North American exhibitions recently that  
> transformed media intervention into "video painting" whether  
> through primary emphasis on the flat screen or flat, perspective  
> projections. The result, to my mind, was the luring of the visitors  
> into a more conventional museum experience (one that conceivably  
> could be exported via handhelds, etc.).   I don't know whether this  
> was simply by coincidence, but both major shows I saw, one in  
> California, one in New York, featured rather non-political, non- 
> abrasive beautiful videos.  That is, even though some of the work  
> featured landscape or "ecological" themes, none of it engaged the  
> viewer with questions about sustainability or about the relation of  
> sustainability to the aesthetic environment  or to the new media  
> environment (precisely what Britt and Rebecca seek to provoke in  
> their funky, clunky, and still tekno sophisticated and critical  
> installations).
> So I find myself resisting developments in ambient media that might  
> function as anything like "a  visual form of Zen meditation, a  
> pause from the press of daily life."
> I do not think that ambient media need go only in this direction.  
> But I've also noted a curatorial habit of organizing exibitions and  
> festivals that program or hang the contrasting work of Zen ambiency  
> and wired sustainability in different spaces or time schedules.   I  
> guess it's the grit of cohabitation that I'm thinking will continue  
> to provoke further critical reflection on the choices and dilemmas  
> facing us in the environments of wired sustainability.
> I'm looking forward to pursing this discussion.
> Best,
> Tim
> -- 
> Timothy Murray
> Professor of Comparative Literature and English
> Curator, The Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, Cornell Library
> http://goldsen.library.cornell.edu
> Director of Graduate Studies in Comparative Literature
> Director of Graduate Studies in Film and Video
> 285 Goldwin Smith Hall
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