I don't accept the oft held notion that making art is just expressing an idea or making stuff (except within a pedagogical context). I think making Art is like having Sex (or should be). But in this I mean, "the process of combining and mixing genetic traits".
if that's the case, then what's the implication of a society where the
term is more commonly thought of as a solitary practice one does in the
loving company of one's computer? Or executed as a fleeting hook up,
whereby we are not so much hoping to 'combine and mix our respective genetic traits', but instead simply enjoy a momentary mash of external body parts?
there are those who are using new media tools and concepts to create
new and interesting artworks. But it is also interesting to note that
the trend (or movement) which has currently captured the widest public
attention is the one that parallels contemporary notions of coupling. Of
course, I'm talking about the Mashup, and the more I look and listen, the more I notice how this activity resonates in every aspect of our culture.
By now, most people have heard of Moore's Law,
which states the number of transistors that an integrated circuit
doubles approximately every two years. And if we have thought at all
about that statement, we might have realized that as chips are getting
faster, all this power will have (is having) an increasing effect on our
collective ability to process information.
Some say we are evolving. Others say we are losing our ability to concentrate. Neither statement is completely false nor true.
I cannot help but wonder how the onslaught of a self-prescribed sugar
drip of disruptive information is impacting art, artists and audiences.
And it should be obvious by now what the future holds:
all-you-can-eat works that present a buffet of images within a single
frame remixing everything the artist has ever googled in a lifetime for
audiences who select and simultaneously consume multiple works layered
one upon the other, synced to a playlist, compressed to a thumbnail, and
arranged in such a way that the entire experience can be enjoyed as a
secondary or tertiary activity, like while running on a treadmill, for
instance, or like while talking or texting while running on a treadmill.
This technology has existed since the 1920's (it's called
'Television'), but it will seem absolutely revolutionary streaming out
of our smartphones, because additional plugins allow us to connect with
the real world which we are otherwise intent on ignoring. Not to mention
that it won't be the only screen in the room competing for our
attention. And not to say that it won't be enjoyable. We won't be able
to take our eyes off of it.
Or will we indeed walk into
a real gallery or museum only to be faced with rooms full of blank
canvases whose content can only be seen once you hold your iPhone up to
them? Even if each canvas represents the work of a single artist, isn't
our perception of them through the lens of an electronic device, itself
also a manifestation of the mashup mindset?
point we might then very well lament the good ol' slow days, but who
would want to return, really, when you can now carry the entire Louvre around in an app?
Here's the Mona Lisa for you –Enjoy!:
The Image of the saluting woman was sourced from disassociated.com, and was used as a promotional image for the Paste-Modernism 2 charity auction for Queensland flood victims.