Plasma Studii
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BIO
judsoN = computer artist for shows internationally on stages, galleries and the web, and the Artistic Director of Plasma Studii, a non-profit arts organization in New York. His goal is to use technology as a tool to fuse arbitrary distinctions in art, such as dance and sculpture, color and sound frequencies, stages and web sites. His live interactive pieces appear in such venues as plays in circus tents across Europe, installations for places like the Arts Council of Mildura, Australia, on web sites at ISCAM (in Istanbul) and cTheory for Cornell University (twice). His artwork published in books (US, Europe, South America) and on CD-Roms worldwide. Studied choreography under Doug Elkins, music composition with a student of Stockhausen.
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DISCUSSION

Re: what if and tid bits i cry to much


>So, if its OK with
>you, I should just like to pull them around a bit.

that's what it's all about! Pull around as much as possible.
May the words that finally escape my head be the world's salt water taffy.
I'm honored.

But I have this impulsive habit, that I always have questions...

>If art makes a contribution to knowledge,

i hope not

>and only a few people are able to
>understand it, is there a role for artists making different versions of
>their work, for different audiences - or is that what different cultural
>forms are anyway?

Sounds as if you are implying that the idea behind a work is
something separate from how it is communicated. Is that right? But
what an artist decides to communicate (or not) is entirely
fundamental to their point of view. Rothko doesn't use still lives
as metaphors for mortality and couldn't translate his "look at what
paint can do" experiments to studies of tables of beef and lemon
peels. One work, no versions, more varied audiences getting
different things (besides just "beats me") looking at the same object.

But the thing I am arguing for (and seems like you too but we are
wording it differently). Art that speaks on several levels (often
opposing views) is hard to do. But that's why it takes years to
develop proficiency. The more years we keep trying, the deeper the
levels we eventually attain. Hence, programmers (loosely defined)
may take advantage of the "art can be anything" idea but that doesn't
make their stuff appeal to anyone but the same programmers it did
before.

So, in addressing your question, if "only a few people are able to
understand it", the work's not finished yet, try again. (But
"understanding" is the key term, it's more like just "getting some
stranger's interest", since literally "understanding" is hardly
necessary). But this is not what's hip. To be chic in contemporary
art, requires very selective appeal to a chosen few and attains the
ultimate level of pretentious gibberish to most. "Net.art" often
just follows this trend, sniffing at it's heels like an eager pet.
But if that's how it behaves, we can't expect great wisdom to
suddenly pour out, the web will take time to grow up into that.
Babies are not generally great poets but we encourage them to keep at
it. The net is still a teenager really. (which might be a reason to
call this stuff "neen")

Rather than better art watchdogs (the curators, critics, etc. you
describe), the only "real power" we have, is choosing how we as
individuals see those watchdogs The watchdogs have as much
significance as each artist gives them. They can be worshipped (as
in Charles Manson or the military, where somebody else's word even
out-rules our own, even to the point of killing folks we don't know),
you can define yourself in terms of fighting against them (as in
punk, which was actually originally a sneaky corporate marketing
invention that worked incredibly) or you can be oblivious to them
(not deny that these watchdogs exist but that they are just doing
some job, probably pays better than pumping gas, but whatever works,
man). We are given a huge range.

I'd just like to see more work that offers things to people who may
disagree with the artists/their art watchdogs (curators, critics,
theorists, ...). Work that has an individual character, rather than
a club membership card. Work that the artists/watchdogs themselves
may even disagree with on certain levels. Art that is not TAKEN
personally, what the artist thinks they themselves ARE, rather GIVEN
as a multi-faceted personality, who we'd ENJOY meeting.

judson

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PLASMA STUDII
http://plasmastudii.org
223 E 10th Street
PMB 130
New York, NY 10003

DISCUSSION

Re: anal iz u %99


>why is it that in all this progress we still have only seven themes
>to a narrative as introduced by Aristotal opps... mis spelled that
>no matter can't be bothered ......... so the entire world unfolds
>and there is still only seven themes to
>it????????????????????????????????????????????

yes, surely you noticed?

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PLASMA STUDII
http://plasmastudii.org
223 E 10th Street
PMB 130
New York, NY 10003

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Re: anal iz u %99


>noticed what a break with the seven themes - beckette waiting
>for..... and naked lunch and requim for a dream think for me please
>my head is so far up painting is dead i can not breath right
>now...........thank you
>
> Plasma Studii <office@plasmastudii.org> wrote:
>
> >why is it that in all this progress we still have only seven themes
> >to a narrative as introduced by Aristotal opps... mis spelled that
> >no matter can't be bothered ......... so the entire world unfolds
> >and there is still only seven themes to
> >it????????????????????????????????????????????
>
>yes, surely you noticed?

but not so far up that you aren't reading. burroughs thinks for me.
I mean that he thinks and it is to my benefit. Maybe yours too.
It's no matter if painters are dead, sometimes they just can't help
it, as long as they keep thinking FOR us.

As I'm sure you are well aware, WSB made a valiant effort to die but
only managed it when he had grown very old. The admirable thing was
that though most junkies wear rags, he dressed in suits. He claimed
that he was driven to be a writer from very young because he imagined
they lounged in mysteriously lit opium dens, stroking pet tigers and
waited on by turbaned slave boys. and he was right.

judson

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PLASMA STUDII
http://plasmastudii.org
223 E 10th Street
PMB 130
New York, NY 10003

DISCUSSION

Re: anal iz u %99


so whassa problem?

given how peoples' brains just barely work, here's all it is. If you
see a million random points, folks clump them together into
constellations. Humans rarely see a bunch of chaotic events to life,
without applying a grid, given them a shape. Most people's limit is
about 7. And with that many themes, worded generally enough. You
can apply them to most any story.

I don't see anything remotely reasonable about that quote however.
"Digital imaging" is just reducing a picture to a shorthand
translation that's a lot easier to store. Photography. Painting.
Sure there are extremes but they just blend together. No point in
thinking they are different things. That's like divvying up all the
scenes you imagine into 7 categories.

and pleeeease have mercy on me. No more demands, I must sleep.

judson

ps. but so freaky. Are you REALLY miss america!!??

>i miss America

i have a collection of letters for you. They're really old but
here's one about this very thing.
http://plasmastudii.org/MAltrs/suffering.html

>"The digital image unites the possibilities of painting
>(subjectively, freedom, irreality.) And photography (objectivity,
>mechanics, reality.) Reproduction and fantasy, the two excluded
>sisters, are reconciled in the digital image." this is what i am
>going threw you are not specifically saying that there are more
>themes to a narrative then seven sure you like wsb. but who cares i
>like richard powers so what it is still always the same seven
>narratives. sorry i get this stuff stuck in my head while i am
>working and it drives me crazy answer now i demand !!!!!!! ha ha ha
>
> Plasma Studii <office@plasmastudii.org> wrote:
>
> >noticed what a break with the seven themes - beckette waiting
> >for..... and naked lunch and requim for a dream think for me please
> >my head is so far up painting is dead i can not breath right
> >now...........thank you
> >
> > Plasma Studii wrote:
> >
> > >why is it that in all this progress we still have only seven themes
> > >to a narrative as introduced by Aristotal opps... mis spelled that
> > >no matter can't be bothered ......... so the entire world unfolds
> > >and there is still only seven themes to
> > >it????????????????????????????????????????????
> >
> >yes, surely you noticed?
>
>
>but not so far up that you aren't reading. burroughs thinks for me.
>I mean that he thinks and it is to my benefit. Maybe yours too.
>It's no matter if painters are dead, sometimes they just can't help
>it, as long as they keep thinking FOR us.
>
>As I'm sure you are well aware, WSB made a valiant effort to die but
>only managed it when he had grown very old. The admirable thing was
>that though most junkies wear rags, he dressed in suits. He claimed
>that he was driven to be a writer from very young because he imagined
>they lounged in mysteriously lit opium dens, stroking pet tigers and
>waited on by turbaned slave boys. and he was right.
>
>
>judson

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PLASMA STUDII
http://plasmastudii.org
223 E 10th Street
PMB 130
New York, NY 10003

DISCUSSION

Re: There can be only one


Sounds like this was Max...

> > Anyway, this era makes me sick. You people suck. I might as
> > well burn my books now to save you the trouble, because when
>
>you are a fruitcake, no one will cut it.

God mooooorning, Karl. I see you've met Fruitcake. Fruitcake, this
is Karl. No.no.no.Don't bite. He's a friend.

Hi Karl, let me explain. This is an international group therapy
session. We are experimenting with severe cases of techno-dimentia,
folks who become unduly obsessed with their machines.

I am Judson, one of the patients here, in the process of recovering.
It's a long battle for me. You'll find a lot of folks here make up
silly names for themselves. They may sound like they must be
references to Star Trek episodes. Try not to laugh though and they
will be your friend.

Feel free to stay and observe or partake in the ongoing session as
much as you are comfortable. As you get to know the group, they may
hand you what appear to be meaningless gymnastics for your browser.
That is their way of letting you know they like you. If you have a
refrigerator, you can put the stuff up there with a magnet.

If someone hands you a virus, don't be alarmed. These people are
just like the rest of us. It's really not their fault many never
matured past 4th grade. Usually, this would be the result of an
accident, however this seems to be that they grew up as healthy
programmers but are still only a few years old as artists. Simply
smile and dispose of the work as soon as possible.

Here, in these little groups, we believe anything is art. The
programming equivalent of scribbling is very popular in our little
world. For many of us, that's really all we do. So without this
group we would have nobody to love us. This can be a really good
place to help us grow.

But Fruitcake here, is one of our most prolific artists ever! Isn't
that right, Fruitcake? Fruitcake made a video all by himself a few
years ago and now he writes about it 16 times a day! Everybody just
loves Fruitcake. Ain't that right, Fruitcake? Yea, you tell im.
He's so eager to please.

judson

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PLASMA STUDII
http://plasmastudii.org
223 E 10th Street
PMB 130
New York, NY 10003