Yes, it’s true: there is no greater lure, nothing more seductive than the prospect of being broadcast live on TV. Well perhaps there is one step up the media ladder: having your own television station. We all have this nagging inner celebrity that needs teasing out now and then, perhaps best expressed by Nam June Paik in the 1970s when we speculated that someday everyone would have their own channel.
You would think that after twenty years of rapid fire evolution of the Web, that it would be more animated, more alive! But static media generally rules the space of the network: dreadfully dead menus, texts, links and images seemed hardened into the vocabulary of design sensibilities. Oh, there are the exceptions: those obnoxious little jittery sprites that “pretend” to activate the experience of navigation. I am reminded of Rosa Menkman’s playfully subversive Website, Sunshine in my Throat, which disrupts the natural flow by throwing elements every-which-way.
There is no real, there is no imaginary except at a certain distance. What happens when this distance, including that between the real and the imaginary, tends to abolish itself? – Jean Baudrillard, Simulacra and Simulation
I believe I have at long last unlocked the SHOW: the defining predicament of the post real. I had already determined that the post reality was the loss of separation between that which is real and that which is not, in which we have come to live in the nebulous space between the real and the imaginary, no longer aware of any distinction or demarcation between the two.
So the truth comes out, if you hadn’t figured it out already. All along, Mad Men was about lies, about the post real, about advertising propaganda as a means of hypnotizing the masses and erasing the line between what is real and what is not. So if in fact Don Draper’s final moment of bliss […]
I have lived many lives and personae, some documented, some fleeting moments in my imagination, and some in the form of dreams or fantasies. These lives come and go, but they are all part of who I am, at least at any given moment in time. They are all artistic renderings and rearrangements of my […]
It finally happened: reaching across the vast distance of space and time, the dialogue resonating throughout 40 countries around the world. We are not talking about CNN or the United Nations, we are talking about laptop computers telematically connecting voices and ideas and social aspirations. If academia was once confined to the ivory tower, those walls have […]