Thank god the image I sent of a 'thumbs up' got lost in cyberspace and never
made the Rhizome list, because no doubt I would be added to your list below.
Therefore I am justifying myself early on (which I will surely regret):
I find it interesting that here we all are, typing away at each other, using
our fingers, and there Jess was in internet down time, using her fingers to
create art - specifically to make a performance piece of art that alludes to
the movements of what, in computer culture, become our most important
appendages. In fact, appendages raised to the status of limbs. She has shown
how fingers to a computer artist are like legs to a dancer, the very
essence, control and tempo of the work.
Much Net Art is described and critiqued in terms of performance, and perhaps
like Jonah Brucker-Cohen's Mouse Miles, Jess chose to show us the other
movements of the tools she works with. When she clicks her mouse or taps her
keyboard she is making choreographed movements, albeit ones that are traced
or viewed in a totally different way.
She also has done this with humour. A lack of internet connection and 'time
on her hands' ;-) and hey presto, a touch of comedy, although I watched it
and totally forgot it was her fingers!
Jess will be one of the first artists on Furtherfield's Furtherstudio this
summer, where she will openly show the choreography that forms her work, and
I hope that when we all get to watch her again, some of the comments made
today of how beautiful the work is, are still made, as it would be a
terrible shame if we could just stop once in a while and clap the
[mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of
Sent: 02 June 2003 22:31
To: Lewis LaCook; firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Re: RHIZOME_RAW: Re: fresh air & real soul...
I'll withhold my opinion of Jess's piece and crit the critics.
It seems to me that the good-natured back-slapping copied below is
all fine and good for dilettantes, amateurs and 'sunday painters',
but I've always felt that Rhizome should be more than a mutual
applause society. We should strive for professional level of
critique. I'm not saying it's wrong to toss off some quick praise for
a piece, but I would hate to see Rhizome descend into a perpetual
'i'm ok, you're ok' session.
Of course, artists are the worst critics there are. jealousy and/or
one's own blinders get in the way more often than not. It would be
nice if we had a house critic like Blackhawk over on thingist
Vague sentiments of praise are no more materially helpful to an
artist than vague insults, tho the praise feels much better. I would
rather have no 'social integration' with pithy remarks eviscerating a
piece of mine than all the good natured cheers combined.
What gets me about this praise, which may be my inference totally, is
that it goes beyond back-slapping to head-patting. I've met Jess, she
definitely doesn't need her head patted.
At 21:37 +0100 6/2/03, furtherfield wrote:
>After all the continual cynicism on here & lack of social intigration
>this blows it all away.
>I love the soul here - it communicates, its with you, its real & is not
>pretentious or self-conscious.
>Thanx Jess - breath of fresh air...beautiful.
At 18:35 +0100 6/2/03, ruth catlow wrote:
>I love this piece of work!
>beautiful choreography- have they been dancing long?
At 18:57 +0100 6/2/03, neil jenkins wrote:
>if only my video camera were working, I'd be
>creating a 'fingermouse' remix
At 12:09 -0700 6/2/03, Michael Szpakowski wrote:
>I totally agree with all the acclaim.
>It's a beautiful piece of work - both funny and
> You do yourself a disservice by your diffidence about
>I think you've done something that has way more
>resonance than maybe you thought it had to start with.
At 17:11 -0400 6/2/03, Lewis LaCook wrote:
>better than anything i could ever do---
>(which is probably why i'm thinking about quitting...)
+ ti esrever dna ti pilf nwod gniht ym tup
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