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  • We Have the Technology: The Conditions of Art and its Experience in a Would-be Age of the Technological Sublime

Slyce, John, 2018, Book Section, We Have the Technology: The Conditions of Art and its Experience in a Would-be Age of the Technological Sublime In: Birnbaum, Daniel and Kuo, Michelle, (eds.) More than Real: Art in the Digital Age. Koenig Books, London, pp. 166-179. ISBN 978-3-96098-380-4

Abstract or Description:

Slyce contributes an essay to this volume–deriving from the 2018 Verbier Art Summit with the theme More Than Real: Art in the Digital Age–that analyses our moment and its infatuation with the technological sublime. He examines drives towards Virtual Reality in light of both an earlier moment of technological innovation through Walter Benjamin’s writing on 19th century photography and then signal examples of 1960s practices coming out of post-Minimalism and Conceptualism that explored new technologies while not succumbing to their forces or distanced modes of production. Starting with two signal cultural products of the 1980s in a song by the avant-rock band Pere Ubu and then David Cronenberg’s Videodrome, Slyce considers the conditions of making and the experience of virtual reality as art now, some five years before it is imagined–at least by the corporate powers standing behind VR–when ‘we’ will all own at least two such devices. The book, published by Koenig Books, was launched at Moderna Museet in Stockholm on June 1, 2018.

Official URL: https://www.modernamuseet.se/stockholm/en/event/mo...
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
Creative Arts and Design > W800 Imaginative Writing
School or Centre: School of Fine Art
School of Humanities
Date Deposited: 24 May 2018 11:17
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2018 17:02
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/3444

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