Thank you so much for this erudite analysis of the re:mote event.
I'd be very interested in what other Adas thought of the day too. I
experienced the event remotely, so my impressions are probably different
and indeed somewhat fragmentary, compared to you all there who had the full
duplex version of the experience.
very late but some notes from the re:mote festival:
thanks to adam, zita, adam and honor! for coordinating a day of
seminars. first impressions when sitting down were the screens that had
information flowing into the space, and the shadowy i.t. figures of adam
and helen tapping keyboards and chatting away with remote users. it was
like a performance mainframe.
i came a bit late, so if someone wants to send anything else on after
these notes ...
zina kaye sent a video postcard and mentioned http://thelineahead.net/
work that uses a radio scanner to listen in on airport traffic control
correspondence, sending this information to led signs like those that
tell you news at city intersections. the work used digital broadcasting
as a bridge between two spaces, networking a hyperlinked go-between that
didn't exist before like an rss feed of news into gallery space.
parellels between the digital information signals in space were
discussed by sally jane norman, another video postcard from a conference
somewhere in england(?), where she discussed the 'advanced puppetering'
of space probes remotely through a command centre, where information
broadcasting is less a send-receive passivity than a method of direct
remote control. i'm reminded of the few times a space probe (horrid
word) has gone out without an element of remote control, like sputnik i,
which sent a screeching sound back to earth to prove to all that the
soviets had arrived in outerspace. and those probes that travel billions
of kms past the point of sending signals back to base, which questions
what happens to the robotoic relationship when the puppet strings
stretch so far they snap. so these are the times when we've lost or
never had remote control of a broadcasting agent.
zina's 'the line ahead' became the inverse of paul woodruffe's prototype
the 'listening post'. his project would involve artists uploading audio
through the internet to a park in mt eden, where it would be listened to
by placing your skull against a pole that's sending the audio signal.
more of a minicast than a broadcast, with information transferred from a
global space to the extreme local internal spaces of body, whereas
zita's was local to potentially global. so between them you got a scope
of the spaces involved in broadcasting, of how the information is found
or made and then what the device is that picks it up transmits it or
receives it, from an fm radio to an ear drum, which space it comes from
and which space it is received, from the gallery to a park.
zina also talked about her process of collaborating remotely, by
syncronising with techs from around the world, which trudy lane later
also talked about with her presentation of the online magazine artefact
. the version trudy used at the talk is
. the project's
contributors are based between serbia and new zealand with a kind of
collaborative approach to editorial which seems to work very well.
there have been 3 issues which have dealt with topics around technology
ian clothier presented his district of leistavia
a version made for
remote is at http://www.art-themagazine.com/hybridia/index03.htm
was an eco environment for a hybrid society. the project involved
taking a poll of how the population of the hybrid space would prefer
to be governed, with meritocracy, "a system of government based on
rule by ability (merit) rather than by wealth or social position",
winning the day, which according to the wikipedia singapore comes
closest to. no mention was made about whether this government would
also ban chewing gum.
eu jin chua introduced ideas around the ethics of broadcasting with a
presentation on laurie anderson's 'dal vivo' where a live image of a
convict locked in jail was telecast overtop of a clay model in a
gallery; a texture being mapped to a mesh. this involved the idea of the
public/private aspect of broadcasting - so again the various spaces this
information comes from and where it is received, but specifically the
polemics of doing so which was mostly absent from the other talks.
similar notions are being debated in nz about whether mps should be
allowed to be filmed while asleep or picking their noses, whether this
is invasive, or whether freedom of information is the most important
thing in all circumstances. i think as it stands we have been denied
watching people sleep which suggests we might have a kakistocracy, some
like tamihere would say a gynocracy.
caro spoke towards the end about the cultural-personal of remoteness. we
were treated to images of her local chippy and green grass, as she asked
what gets left behind in new media / telecasting? i might have this
wrong (so chip in caro if it is), but i understood caro was making the
point that certain forms of information travel well in broadcasting /
telecasting, whereas some information does not make the trip, and we
need to wonder whether those things left behind are perhaps what gives
things their meaning in interaction. which made me ponder what it means
to be in nz and for a large form of your information to be coming
through these channels and technologies. do we understand them
differently because of this, do we miss half the point sometimes? do we
ever critique how our understanding is often translated to a form of
mediacast and whether we notice this. how does our technology force our
attentions? it was a nice note to finish things on.
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