Seminal / Seminar
You have to see it to believe it.
But back to the tension between being avant and/or pop, mainstream and/or underground. However much one finds themselves engrossed in institutional practice, it still doesn't feel right. I remember reading Ron Sukenick's Down and In: Life in the Underground, when he was relating some of his own, similar, self-contradictions, and thinking to himself: "I must be doing something wrong."
In the past I have called this unconventional style of artistic and writerly practice avant-pop. In fact, my avant-pop manifesto, written over 13 years ago and translated into at least eight other languages (most recently into
"...if I specialize in a medium, then I would be fixing a ground for myself, a ground I would have to be digging myself out of, constantly, as one medium was substituted for another - so, then instead of turning toward 'ground' I would shift my attention and turn to 'instrument,' I would focus on myself as the instrument that acted on whatever ground was available."This is a good starting point for any iMAP seminar, and I used it all year long to get my ludic crew thinking about where to take their practice next, especially as we ventured into unknown territory like mobile blogging, HD video, physical computing, and video social networking (i.e. making art under the influence of the "Youtube Effect").
Acconci - (from "Steps Into (and Out of) Performance):
Other issues we addressed?
My notes say:
TIME (variations on a theme):I realize there are a lot of holes in those notes and the question is how does one put "meat on the bones" of those skeletal "talking points" (to which I have no answer, except improvise improvise improvise, so that the "talking points" plus unconscious reconstruction of your own Idea Channel becomes a kind of performative pedagogy or "talking book" transitioning into "talking movie" transitioning into artist-medium...)
Artistic experiments in/with TIME (and thoughts of "(de)realizing cinematic time" while navigating the networked space of flows as a kind of "timeless time"):
(simultaneity, improvisation, digital video, multiple windows, minor interaction with audio tracks, metafictional story that relates to itself as a reeltime/realtime performance, etc.)
(linear digressions, moving body as visual link through "scenes of writing," film, etc.)
(essayistic form meets sci-fi scenario, tension of stillness/motion, immobolity of viewer and the dreaming protagonist, film stills/photographic image as "apocalyptic frame," etc.)
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