Edward Johnston
Since 2009
Works in West Long Branch, New Jersey United States of America

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Means of Production: Fabbing and Digital Art


Because it's new, but also because it's so much more than the flat layer we've been trapped in for so long. It's like suddenly growing your prints into space..."

This follows the notion of Malevich's concept of the "additional element" in his Suprematist manifesto back towards the beginning of the 1900's. There is certainly an excitement in having a recent additional element (or perhaps a digital equivalent of past elements) added to the methods by which one can make creative work.

I would like to respond to the comments on the notion of artists pursuing novelty over anything else with two quotes.
The philosopher Susanne Langer wrote in her book Mind: An Essay on Human Feeling, "The real patterns of feeling... how daydreaming weaves in and out of realistic thought, how the feeling of a place, a time of day, an ordinary situation is built up--these felt events, which compose the fabric of mental life, usually pass unobserved, unrecorded and therefore essentially unknown to the average person...They pass unrecorded because they are known without any symbolic mediation, and therefore without conceptual form. We usually have no objectifying images of such experiences to recall and recognize…" (Langer 24).

Nicolas Bourriaud in his book Postproduction (2002) states: "...how can we produce singularity and meaning from this chaotic mass of objects, names, and references that constitutes our daily life? Artists today program forms more than they compose them: rather than transfigure a raw element (blank canvas, clay, etc.), they remix available forms and make use of data" (Bourriaud 17).

Digital fabrication is yet another tool within the artist's tool bag to symbolically mediate the patterns of human feeling. It is particularly useful in response to human feeling in relation to notions of time, memory, and perception.

Ed

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