Tuesday, October 03, 2006

This is ASTRONAUT...

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About once a month a group of artists all over the world come together for one hour of art making. Sounds pretty cool huh? Well.....the artist behind this is a detroiter who has started this wonderful impromptu forum of art making. The head "astronaut" emails the theme out to all the participants at the time given in a prior email and the artists have one hour to make a visual, written, or audio piece relating to the given theme. It is great exercise to do as an artist and it makes you think quick and try things that you might never do otherwise. The visuals (above/below) are from last night's theme "the riot".  CHECK IT OUT.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

assuming the second piece is yours, ann, very nice!

9:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if anyone is interested in astronaut, you can sign up here:


12:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh yeah...more internet facilitated art-ish stuff.

it's like how junk mail shows up simply because there's a postal system.

5:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yea, I see it more as detournament; a reclaiming of an element of the dominant mode of production into the cultural sphere.

But if your not into utilizing the internet as a medium for exchanging spontaneous, creative ideas, thats cool. And it makes perfect sense that you would spend your time posting on and ART BLOG!!

7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

" a reclaiming of an element of the dominant mode of production into the cultural sphere."

Shouldn't you have written *within* "the cultural sphere." You cannot reclaim something 'into' something else. Linguistical poopla.

More importantly, the image of that guy's face repeated over and over does horrible, horrible things to a person. This work is more a socialogical examination of how certain faces (especially repeated) cause fear and anxiety in other humans.

...may not sleep tonight.

7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of semantics.......

This depends upon how broadly you define the "cultural sphere." In this case I consdier it residing outside of the dominant mode of production.

"Within" would insinuate that the D.M.P. resides inside the cultural sphere. Though there may, at times be overlap, I generally consider them to be seperated by intent.

9:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You need to circumscribe what precisely you mean when you use DMP. Or more specifically, which contextual definition you are referencing, in relation to whom, and at/from what point in history.

Are you taking a Marxist binomial approach to cultural production and consumption, or referring to Asian agricultural hierarchies?

One might position interesting arguments around either (or any definition), however, the potential differences of meaning that may result from each definition warrant specific understanding of the term DMP.

You are not a Duchampian? It’s surprising to hear someone extricate one element/mode/product of humanity from our general cultural fracas.

You have placed emphasis on intent. I will stroll there with you, but the idea is almost destined to take on an ethical dimension. That is to say, you are more concerned with why than what, which is deeply flawed if you’re going to endeavor to use social philosophy to discuss culture.

If I shoot an arrow through a can, then through the can an arrow has been shot.

If I shoot an arrow through a can because I am bored, controlled by robots, or malicious, then through the can an arrow has been shot.

Culture like nature has no ethical dimension. Ascertaining and appraising intention is merely a manner of first establishing and then differentiating between value structures toward a variety of different ends.

10:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. A parallel between this project and junk mail was drawn. In my view, the internet equal to junkmail would be something like spam about low mortgage rates. Which is not to say that tools like chain letters and spam cannot be utilized for cultural purposes, but that their intent is generally not cultural.

2. This project utilizes the internet, something that is rapidly being transforming into something of a conduit of mass marketing in specatular society. However, the original intention of the internet was for researchers to exchange data sets and IDEAS. I see this project as a step towards this original intent.

3. This conversation is quicly becoming BOOOOOOOOOORRRRRRRIIING. Lets stop waxing academic about the organizational structures of Asian agrarians and stop belittling people who take an hour of their time to exercize creativity and contribute to something bigger than themselves.

4. No one is forcing you to join this group. Though you should consider putting all this worldly/philosophical knowledge towards a more construtive ends.

3:17 PM  

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