Thought Territories Part 2
Generative art, glitch art, net art, bot art, algorithmic art, new aesthetic, algopop, parametricism, magic realism, network realism, hackivism, critical engineering, critical design, design fiction, new normal, maker movement, 3D print art, post-Snowden art, cypherpunk…
The thought territories and their under-explored hybrids that inspired me this last year. What a stimulating time we live in.
I forgot to mention database realism, techgnosis, and software art!
Database Realism was a big influence for the Google of Venus project, its a term coined by scholar Susanne Østby Sæther in a 2007 essay that was bundled into the book State of the Real, here is the essay on Google Books. Database realism is the uncanny reconstruction of reality through unearthing and collaging fragments of our vast digital archives that contain snapshots of reality and history.
Techgnosis is a 2004 concept by Erik Davis, published as book, that has had a huge influence on Mark Leckey recently. Leckey’s touring show ‘The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things’ had Techgnosis as an alternative title. In Summary its about a mythical, magical reading of technology and the network. Its almost the complete opposite of Critical Engineering that fights for an accurate, technical understanding of the Internet and its physical infrastructure. Techgnosis is living in the cloud with the magical bots and furry fandom. I can’t say I personally adopt a techgnostic lifestyle but I like my works to flirt with possible techgnostic interpretations, ignorant yet entertaining.
Software Art or more explanatory, software as art, has a Wikipedia page, if that is at all any validation these days. I’m not entirely sure which Academics argue for a software as art, but for software studies its worth checking out Lev Manovich and Matthew Fuller.
Other thought territories I came across but didn’t look too much into:
object-oriented ontology, processuality, and circulationism.
I’ve also hyperlinked some of the above so that you can trace them back to their roots. Obscure ones worth checking out are network realism (proposed by James Bridle) and new normal (proposed by Superflux). By magic realism I indeed refer to the old literary movement in South America, as I grew up in Colombia this has been a long-standing influence. I particularly like Borges, if you have difficulty understanding Google or even PRISM, then read ‘The Lottery in Babylon’. if you face pain at contemplating the vastness of Amazon, then read ‘The Library of Babel.’ In fact most Borges will help you stretch your mind.