Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Director's Notebook: The Postproduction of Presence

The free e-book that is available at the Immobilité website is entitled "The Postproduction of Presence: A Director's Notebook" and for those who may have downloaded the file some time before Wednesday mid-afternoon, I suggest downloading it again as the server was caching an older, uncorrected version.

The postproduction of presence ...

What does that signify?

In an excerpt from the manifesto that opens the book, it is written:
Any formal art experiment that captures and manipulates data is postproduction art.

For the interdisciplinary artist who creates hybrid works of postproduction art, composing a new work with a so-called mobile phone as their primary data capturing apparatus is an aesthetic decision.

Each aesthetic decision made by the artist while composing their work of postproduction art is filtered into the ongoing process of rendering their aesthetic vision into the world (itself an ongoing work of postproduction art).

This rendering process enables the artist to envision the visionary potential of their work of postproduction art.

Envisioning innovative works of postproduction art can only take place through an unconscious process of selectively capturing, sampling, filtering, reconfiguring, and rendering the chosen source material.

Source material is everywhere and postproduction artists are always searching for data rich in its postproduction potential.

By embodying the chosen source material as an ongoing act of natural selection, the artist becomes a medium that acts on whatever ground is available and in so doing is in a constant state of flux, an aesthetic state where the postproduction of presence can manifest itself as a biological force in nature.
But it's also just a remix theory mash-up of two titles, Gumbrecht's "Production of Presence: What Meaning Cannot Convey" and Bourriaud's "Postproduction: Culture as Screenplay: how art reprograms the world". Does this e-book in any way reflect some continuity with either of those books? Perhaps. Definitely the latter. A bit. But for the most part it circles in its own orbit.

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