Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap to zap

Subject: Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap to zap
Date: Thu Jul 22 2004 - 09:26:54 EDT

Indeed. Esthetic politics is always important.

Original Message:
From: Eliot Handelman
Date: Thu, 22 Jul 2004 00:20:40 -0700
Subject: Re: electroacoustics - rap to tap to zap

Stephen David Beck wrote:

> [quoting:] If all art is mediated somehow by computer, then
> everything is computer art. If all art is computer art, then the term
> "computer art" has lost its relevance and becomes meaningless.

I don't personally find this a meaningful way of thinking about "what is
computer art." I think of trhe
computer as the means by which we wish to replicate our consciousness.
We obviously have a long
way to go on this and therefore so will art. I imagine here that once
the basic tech is working artists will be
absorbed with augmentation of reality by creating alternative minds and

SO I'd call "computer art" todays whatever seems to involve a shift in
the nature of the medium itself as it
moves towards the mind. FOr me this heavily biases the def. towards
computational things that involve representations
of autonomous creative process -- ie, however crudely realized, an

The problem here may be that the difference in expectation reflects
divergent political attiutudes. the theory above seems to
imply the idea of art principally as a social transaction and not at all
as process in development. It's a kind
oif equalizing def that heads off any kind of disruptive change in the
identity of the community by making everyone wear the same
hat. But it covers up the fact that all communities and meanings are
likely to be affected by the underlying technological explosion.

-- eliot

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