Occult Computing for Artists - an Introduction

Mauro-Flude, M 2016, 'Occult Computing for Artists - an Introduction', in Olli Tapio Leino (ed.) Proceedings of the 22nd International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA 2016), Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong, 16-22 May 2016, pp. 108-113.


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Title Occult Computing for Artists - an Introduction
Author(s) Mauro-Flude, M
Year 2016
Conference name ISEA 2016: Cultural R>Evolution
Conference location Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong
Conference dates 16-22 May 2016
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 22nd International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA 2016)
Editor(s) Olli Tapio Leino
Publisher City University of Hong Kong
Place of publication Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong
Start page 108
End page 113
Total pages 6
Abstract The text A Guest + A Host = A Ghost once appeared in black print on a green wrapper around a candy given out by Duchamp at an exhibition. This artwork is considered as a point of departure because of its timely connection to theurgical performance and occult computing. However this piece of writing does not travel the well-traversed boulevard that Duchamp once paved, nor does it further explore his relationships to Dada, Surrealism and Situationism, whose activities irrefutably stamped them into the canon of twentieth-century autonomous art (in which its institutions and artists still avidly dredge). It comes in a wave of great relief that we cannot predict every instance, nor control the production and reception of every variable in the sending of a code nor in the multitude of ways (possible) communication is received and may flow. But the alarming ability of people and organizations to misappropriate and recolonize wild configurations and marvelous tactics, condensing them into a homogenous version for easy digestion, is not to be overlooked. An analogy of a blue and white Nivea container comes to mind, its vast smothering thick viscera spreads over continents persuading the local people to forget their own balm. In this genealogy the act of creating is defined, like most things in the twentieth-first century, by acts of consumption. A change of tack the artwork from which this text transcends epitomizes the notion of a code and cypher key and thus gives insight into the arcane and ubiquitous nature of central technologies existing among us (and their cultural, political and occult substructures). Precisely relating to the manifold of time in which we exist, this small monograph, albeit briefly, both critiques and draws parallels between contemporary computer culture, performance and arcane cultural practices such as; cyphers, divination and their simultaneous concurrence and conflict with present-day modes of expression in contemporary art forms.
Subjects Design History and Theory
Art Theory
Art Theory and Criticism not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) post internet art
expanded writing
digital folklore
post digital aesthetics
Copyright notice Copyright © 2016 All rights reserved by the Individual Authors, School of Creative Media City University of Hong Kong, and ISEA International.
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