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[Nettime-nl] fwd: call for support: why?
Geert Lovink on Sun, 7 Dec 2008 08:49:28 +0100 (CET)

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[Nettime-nl] fwd: call for support: why?

soms even een brug slaan tussen nettime-l en nettime-nl... groeten,  

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> From: "Calin Dan" <adsl487504 {AT} tiscali.nl>
> Date: 6 December 2008 2:26:54 PM
> Resent-To: Nettime <nettime-l {AT} kein.org>
> To: "nettime" <nettime-l {AT} kein.org>
> Subject: Re: <nettime> Call for support: why?
> Dutch culture coined a very useful term for evaluating the position  
> of an
> art discourse in relation with societal issues such as the ones  
> questioned
> by the Pirates ... ; it is called autonomy.
> Autonomy entitles art to float freely in the interstices of the social
> fabric, to experiment and to steer in unexpected directions. When  
> experiment
> and steering relate directly to the fabric itself, the art discourse  
> looses
> autonomy and gains relational power (in the sense designed by Nic.
> Bouriaud). Relational art has an increased chance to  
> acknowledgement, but
> also - naturally - to criticism, coming not only from the  
> comfortable inner
> circles, but also from the structures to which the respective  
> discourse
> relates. Needless to say that both concepts (autonomous, relational)  
> have
> no axiological power; they are not about quality, they are about  
> method.
> The student work that generated this thread is obviously relational.  
> So, it
> got its moment of attention, including censorship. All unfolded as  
> planned,
> I suppose; if not, then there was something flawed in the initial  
> planning
> and/or in the authors' / tutors' expectations.
> One might say that the whole issue is about the unexpected reactions  
> of the
> general users, who rejected the project. Well, this was after all  
> (or wasn't
> it?) an art project - so people are free to reject it as they please.
> Another could argue that the whole fuss is about the IP playing the  
> watch
> dog for Amazon. Well again, there is probably a learning curve in  
> the way
> corporate environments deal with tactical art projects; something to  
> think
> about, maybe.
> What under-streams all aspects of the discussion till here is the  
> old double
> standard mentality lurking in our (self)perception as artists and  
> cultural
> workers: we would like to be autonomous (i.e. free of consequences  
> for our
> decisions), but also relational (therefore socially efficient), and  
> - of
> course - vastly accepted. Too bad, as in the end art is neither  
> autonomous
> nor relational; it is just one of the multitude of human  
> manifestations
> competing for attention in a surcharged environment.
> Calin Dan
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