January 2008 on -empyre- soft-skinned space:
Stations, Sites and Volatile Landscapes
with Naeem Mohaiemen, Katherine Carl, Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss, Nat Muller and John Haber
In the wake of the post-war situationists, the seventies Moebius-strip concept of site/non-site initiated a dynamic of ironic play as if subjectivity and the art object interpolated freely, to project a new participatory space. On offer was a new kind of public transgression, produced at ground level. Post 9/11, new media is after the net. What follows in the traces of the site/non-site? Globalization inflects locality through branding, privatization and glamour from the top down. The ubiquity of digital tools as integrated circuitry within hypercapitalism and war opens onto an ethical problem for media arts-- how to extend free modes of encounter: here sites become stations.
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