1 'perform or else', p.94
'At the turn of the 21st century, the citationality of discourses
and practices is passing across an electronic threshold, a digital
limen. Words and gestures, statements and behaviors, symbolic systems
and living bodies are being recorded, archived and recombined through
multimedia communication networks. Liminal and liminoid genres are
becoming cyberspatial, flighty, liminautic.'1
|2 in 'schnittstelle', p.127
3 in 'Digital Dialectic', p.69
|'The computer does influence
communication, but neither it communicates nor is it producing significations.'2
So why to speak of a shift of significance? 'Because codes can be
sent over fiber optics essentially instantaneously, there is no longer
a shared, stable context that helps to anchor meaning and guide interpretation.'
We had been looking on this before, is it really that important? 'There
are only the flickering signfiers, whose transient patterns evoke
and embody what G.W.S. Trow has called the context of no context,
the suspicion that all contexts, like all texts, are electronically
mediated constructions.'5 So earlier it
had been stated, that commonly the informant is suspected of manipulation,
what does it mean then.
things intervened simultaneously leading to a loss of belief in visual
perception, which comes together with a mingeling of clear differentiation
of the position of text and image.
Thus ambivalence always comes with
this, equally evolving from the status of the image as well as from
the new visuality as mentioned.
A further factor is that what can be seen today is not defined by
a visibility for the eye, but for the machine. Probably we are still
in the ambigious situation of admirring and neglecting machines at
the same time and not accepting that they are a kind of embodiment,
eventhough we entirely make use of them and try to build them like
us (fields like artificial intelligence have close connections to
studies of neural networks and so on).
Though the mind (and so perception) is distributed in the artifacts,
which themselves are active in the process of shaping both the realities
of culture and identity . As the influence of information technologies
alters the relation of the signified to signifier this concernes our
whole system of distributed perception.
| To live in
an unstable environment of signs leads, as K.Hayles says, to the implication
of flickering signifiers . Exactly this is also a chance for new points
of view, which are obviously needed.
Instead of reinstalling old concepts, different ways of depiction
have to be thought about. In this sense I like the ironic view of
, who in newer photographical works is showing the 'invisible through
As this corresponds to inherent characteristics of information and
media technologies the dealing with the delegation of perception demands
a very careful questioning of the visible and the invisible and obviously
for new categories of the immaterial.
more for distributed minds:
(nothing especially on images, but delegating and connecting ...)
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