A New Kind of Artist is Emerging

Creativity Cafe's 2001 Community Forum: Art and Technology: A New Kind of Artist is Emerging
By Anonymous on Tuesday, February 27, 2001 - 08:58 pm:

Date: Thu, 08 Feb 2001 00:32:31 -0800
From: Sheila Anne Malone
Subject: Re:Switch Launches New Issue V6N2!
To: switch_w@cadre.sjsu.edu

As managing editor of Switch, I am proud to announce the launch of the
current issue of Switch: Social/Networks.

If any social system functions and exists within a describable, measurable
network structure, then perhaps the question at hand is: can any network
structure be described as a social system? In this issue Social &
Networks, we explore, describe, define, represent and even test
social network theories on individuals, organizations, art and technology.
Like most social theory we are looking at how individuals, organizations,
and software exist and behave within a network. With the bombardment of
interactive capability in the past few years our social networks are quite
extensive and complex. They have become increasingly more difficult to
describe and visually represent. Switch aims to look beyond the expected and
into areas relevant to artists today.

In Racism and
, Michelle Wright looks at the concepts associated with "the
digital divide" in which different sections of the community living side by
side, exist within different social systems and therefore have access to
different powers.
Beryl Graham's Live from
reveals other aspects of globalization
and theories of postindustrial society influencing/creating new media.
Graham touches on many of the similarities and differences between India,
the U.S. and Great Britain.
Marc Böhlen's Time Types and
Table Manners describes experiments with artificial intelligence.
Böhlen explores ideas of time, machine interaction, and authorship. In
Situated and
Distributed Knowledge Production in Network Space
, Geri
Wittig examines issues of identity and self-organizing social networks
amidst the mutable boundaries of network space.
Joel Slayton's Social
develops arguments on "how membranes enable autopoiesis in
software." Slayton infers that software is social and behaves socially.
Wendy Angel's IdeaConsciousness
is an obscure look at abstraction and consciousness in
relationship to network theory and painting.
Matt Mays looks at the role of the artist as lawyer and the lawyer as artist
in Defining
the Lawyer/Artist
. Mays touches on some of the biggest cases to
influence Information Technology.
In Exclusive interviews Matt Mays, Nora Raggio, and Sheila Malone look at
the role and function of individuals in progressive and ground-breaking arts
organizations; Creative
, GroundZ
ero, Bill
, The Kitchen.
Cindy Ahuna reviews Ken Goldberg's newest book, The Robot in the
Garden. Jody Berland and Rob Riddle may have opposing ideas about
social interaction and the sound art scene today. In Musicking
Machines, Berland looks at how machines have changed the nature of
collaboration and musicianship. Riddle's Audiononlocation, argues that the internet
has empowered a new kind of collaboration and exploration of sound art form.
Susan Otto's Manifesto for a
Virtual Favela
is a haunting but sober look at art practice in the
complicated mediated world we live in today.
Steve Cisler, assists local community networking advocates and has
lectured worldwide on the promise and the cultural challenges of the
Internet and in his latest Letter from
Aspen: Cultural policyfurthers his dialogue about private vs. public,
culture vs nature.

Examples of social network complexities can be found in our Projects
section. Code Zebra is a highly interactive interdisciplinary, performance
and software system where art meets science. Sara Diamond creator and
developer of Code Zebra is a
television and new media producer/director, artist, curator, critic, teacher
and artistic director who has represented Canada and the USA at home and
for many years.
Mapping Project
by graduate students Ben Eakins, Darby Smith, Minqing
Zhou is an intricate web of visual representation of the contemporary
academic and artistic gathering of individuals. In Electronic Disturbance
Theater's Zapatista
Tribal Port Scan
, the participation of activist intermingles in a social
network of the radical and complex political issues facing contemporary
society. Tommy Alvaran's and Darren Wong's undergraduate senior project:Internetica cleanses
websites from unnecessary code leaving them with a new Internetic Code
consisting of X, Y, and Z values.

Social &
is perhaps a confusing spider web of dynamic and critical ideas
about art, science, and our need to make sense of it all.


Sheila A. Malone
Managing Editor
Switch: http://switch.sjsu.edu

By Anonymous on Sunday, February 18, 2001 - 02:53 pm:

Before electronics, art was enjoyed and created purely through analog processes. In today's world creative people have access to tools that enable their ideas to be communicated in many ways accross time, space and physical realities. Consider this: Artist as Healer, Revealer. With the power to affect millions with our creations through physical showcases and the Web Broadcasting System, what do you feel is most important to communicate?

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