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Merge/Multiplex

Chapter


Abstract


  • The tradition of modern and contemporary art seems to be characterised

    by an endless pushing back of the boundaries separating art and everyday

    life, art and the sphere of the social. This is typically interpreted in terms

    of a work of merging and blurring – an effort of interference that affects

    dimensions of both art and life. This paper suggests an alternative conception.

    Drawing upon the metaphor of electronic multiplexing, it argues that,

    while never simply absolutely distant from one another, art and the sphere

    of lived relations and social interaction are closely interleaved and yet retain

    a sense of distinct, differentiated identity. The energy of their relation,

    their potential to suggest new relations, depends upon an interplay of heterogeneous

    and always contingently determinable component signals.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Bunt, B. (2014). Merge/Multiplex. In O. Sahin (Eds.), Interference Strategies (pp. 114-120). United States: Leonardo/ISAST. http://www.leoalmanac.org/volume20-no2-interference-strategies/

Book Title


  • Interference Strategies (vo.20. no.2)

Start Page


  • 114

End Page


  • 120

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • The tradition of modern and contemporary art seems to be characterised

    by an endless pushing back of the boundaries separating art and everyday

    life, art and the sphere of the social. This is typically interpreted in terms

    of a work of merging and blurring – an effort of interference that affects

    dimensions of both art and life. This paper suggests an alternative conception.

    Drawing upon the metaphor of electronic multiplexing, it argues that,

    while never simply absolutely distant from one another, art and the sphere

    of lived relations and social interaction are closely interleaved and yet retain

    a sense of distinct, differentiated identity. The energy of their relation,

    their potential to suggest new relations, depends upon an interplay of heterogeneous

    and always contingently determinable component signals.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Bunt, B. (2014). Merge/Multiplex. In O. Sahin (Eds.), Interference Strategies (pp. 114-120). United States: Leonardo/ISAST. http://www.leoalmanac.org/volume20-no2-interference-strategies/

Book Title


  • Interference Strategies (vo.20. no.2)

Start Page


  • 114

End Page


  • 120

Place Of Publication


  • United States