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Re: [microsound] artificats?
A compact disc containing a recording of a piano concerto is not a
piano concerto. Is the piano concerto the cultural artifact? the CD?
both? As cultural practitioners, which one do we care about more?
I'd argue that the CD is a function of the particular material
emphasis of our current times, and that we care much more about the
piano concerto itself than about the shiny plastic disc.
A map is not the territory -- the CD re-creation of the concerto is
NOT the Concerto. It is a re-creation, a re-production, a re-ductive
simulation of living, present interaction -- as a social system, we
evolve more and more towards systems of interaction which are
becoming more mediated and more dependent on complex social systems
(recording, distribution systems, for example, and their attendant
political/economic drivers) through which to interact. Extrapolating
this technological/social development further alienates the
individual from his/her immediate surroundings and especially from
the individuals who are immediately around...
that's why I suggested the idea of live performance -- suggesting for
those of you who are feeling put-down by the system of (expensive)
recording and distribution -- to look to your immediate surroundings
for possibilities of using your art to exchange creative energies
locally... just a thought...
it does so happen, that in the age of heavy mediation, perversely,
your immediate surrounding does include this list... but isn't a
conversation about sonic art much better over a beer f2f? just like
having a laptopper demo/discuss/trouble-shoot his/her work for/with
That materialization of individual human life is exactly what Marx
was talking about -- he predicted the alienation increasing as
technological society continued to evolve...
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