[-empyre-] Pier Marton's 1st Appearance on -empyre- Part 2

Oculo art0mich0rimb0 at gmail.com
Tue Nov 11 08:27:56 EST 2014

Continued from Part 1
In many ways things have not changed much since that 1994 text, except that now video is part of new media, the screens are everywhere, Skype and Facebook consolidate our mass-solitary-confinement in the ways predicted by Günther Anders (before Guy Debord).

Most of my art activities, often around video-art, dealt with “heavy topics”:  audience passivity, the Shoah, male violence, television indoctrination - and as Jon McKenzie brought up the term this morning, I directed the short performance piece “Telepathos," broadcast live on the Learning Channel with the artists Nancy Buchanan and Shalom Gorewitz.
For more than thirty years I have taught media production, often emphasizing self-reflexivity - that was the term back then -  and Brecht’s distancing effect. Now, six years after a form of brain reboot (a brain hemorrhage), I see the busyness of many of our concerns to be just “stuff.” There are important exceptions but they are rare: Joshua Oppenheimer’s recent film "The Act of Killing" is one such example.
Growing up with a father who was a well-known artist-photographer, I was surrounded by photographs and images; now, I am suspicious of them, even while I capture images of abstraction.

I still feel compelled to keep track of the news, as hard and violent as it is. 
Good news barely exists; subtlety and non-violent media take too much time, and they don’t sell.

For me the question that remains is whether there is something that can be done about the violence that surrounds us beyond being concerned, signing petitions, writing & doing artwork. 
I have no idea at this point but I am willing to try.
Pier Marton
P.S.: Si puedo hacerlo voy a escribir en español et j’essayerai autant que possible d’écrire en français aussi. Ha van valaki aki akarja holy magyarul irjak is, akkor meg probálom ugy is ini.
Pier Marton
P.S.: Si puedo hacerlo voy a escribir en español, et j’essayerai autant que possible d’écrire en français aussi. Ha van valaki aki akarja holy magyarul is irjak, akkor meg probálom ugy is ini.
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School Of No  Media —> http://schoolofnomedia.com/
About —> http://about.me/piermarton 
BrainBleed—> http://brainbleed.wordpress.com/
One of the signs of passing youth is the birth of a sense of fellowship with other human beings as we take our place among them. Virginia Woolf
The essence of normalcy is the refusal of reality. Ernst Becker
When something seems "the most obvious thing in the world," it means that any attempt to understand the world has been given up. Bertolt Brecht
An idea becomes false the moment one becomes satisfied by it. Alain
There are no dangerous thoughts; thinking itself is dangerous. Hannah Arendt
When around you, you hear the word "Jew" pronounced, be on guard, they are speaking about you. Frantz Fanon
If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet renounce controversy are people who want crops without ploughing the ground. Frederick Douglass
Silence is the authentic mode of speaking. Claude Lanzmann

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