Furtherfield Blog – Recent Posts of Interest on Media Art Practice and Culture.
A shared space for personal reflections on contemporary art practice as part of life:
living it, breathing it, making it, curating it, translating it.
A selection of recent Blog entries below,
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Not Always Digital But From the Same Place…
“I possess no desire for the singular and absolute approach of using my art and creative projects as a hammer to promote a technologically determined agenda. Technology is just one medium of a much larger mix of things, allowing flexible space for an eclectic expansion of today’s very contemporary art related endevours. Furthermore, I am dedicated to grass roots art and the organisations that support them. The use of technology has been extremely useful in bringing about a whole new art culture that challenges traditional art controls, connecting beyond top-down imposed gate keeping remits that are only in place to serve a privileged elite. It lets the makers and critical thinkers who are genuinely engaged in art and culture at deeper levels, to break through the glass ceiling that many have experienced world-wide.” http://blog.furtherfield.org/?q=node/315
Overland: Crossing Borders.
“As passports are now “enhanced” for security with RFID chips and biometric photos, the conditions of inequality based on the nationality of one’s passport remain at least as rigid as ever, despite the patent absurdity of that. In the small world that I live in, a substantial number of people speak multiple languages and have several different passports, and in the mid-90s I knew a number of people whose Austrian residence permits were attached to passports issued by countries that had meanwhile ceased to exist as such, which made the renewal of an expired passport extremely complicated. Opportunities to study or work somewhere else should not be dependent on something as random and arbitrary as “nationality”.”
Overland: 36hrs Linz to Istanbul with border crossings.
“At 1 o’clock in the morning we were woken by an alarming banging on the door, and a number of men shouting in languages we didn’t understand, interspersed with “passport control! polizei! open! hell-o!”. Then more agitated pounding, more shouting, different voices. The train remained stationery. We played dead under our blankets. I could think of nothing else to do than wait for them to go away. Then torch lights shone in through our window and someone attempted to open the window from the outside while Aileen tried to close it again. Only when she recognised our conductor looking very flustered outside the window did we realise that we must have misunderstood his instructions and we sheepishly unlocked the door. A very irritated passport official demanded to know what we had been drinking. The conductor told us later that there were over 10 officials trying to gain entry to our cabin. We tried to explain but still have no idea what he thought we were doing.”
“the day began for me at 4am – no, make that 3am, with the ramadan drumming & yelling in the street to get everyone up in time for breakfast before daylight. then i dozed until my alarm went off at 4am, & got up to make coffee, check my email for last minute emergencies, & make the links to the stages live. my first 090909 HQ was my humble hostel bedroom. at 5am istanbul time everything kicked off in the 090909 foyer, where 20 online audience members plus an as-yet-unknown number at nodes in canada (surrey & calgary) & new zealand (dowse art gallery & hutt city libraries) where gathered to celebrate the start of 090909.” http://blog.furtherfield.org/?q=node/304
More about The Furtherfield Blog:
This multi-blog is a place to intuitively explore media arts and related practices, together, as it occurs, to develop understanding and to learn, without any pressure to formulate conclusions, it is about experience and process, the bits in between. Set up in Autumn 2006, initially as a place for informal, day to day exchange between members of the Furtherfield.org team, including editors/reviewers. We soon discovered this format suited some people more than others and are now open to new contributors. The blog is not intended as a platform to promote particular projects. Instead it invites individuals to explore their own perspectives on their own terms; personal thoughts, emotional responses and critical intentions rarely publicly discussed elsewhere.
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