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25.5.11

what is the role of 'geek' in art?

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i'm making sure i ask myself these things a lot lately - so that i'm not just geeking out for the sake of it.

which leads me to analyse what is particular about geeks, that might connect with traits of artists.

geeks like conceptual fun

at cia we've set up a wiki. it has some practical extensions, like breadcrumbs. but we've also included awesomeness.

so what the fuck is awesomeness anyway? nothing but this; o_O.

but conceptually, the idea of extending an online space with awesomeness through a php extension? that is the mark of a geek.

but it is also not that far from the conceptual imbuing of meaning into artworks. hans haacke imbued history into a box by capturing air and keeping it - exhibiting the air from 1965.

it's nothing,really.

but both challenge the viewer to consider a site as more than just the objects in it.

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3 Comments:

At 25 May, 2011 20:49, Blogger uair01 said...

The idea and message of Hans Haacke's artwork is more subtle than just preserving history - though that's an interesting angle also!

http://web.mit.edu/mmj4/www/downloads/papers.pdf

 
At 26 May, 2011 04:13, Anonymous lauren said...

hello mr urban adventurer - thanks for visiting! i like the look of your blog and i love rotterdam - there is some v. cool shit goin' on there.

you're totally right about the more complex and subtle ideas in haacke's work. in the same way that there are far more complex ideas behind php extensions. i will try to be more complex and succinct in the future.

thanks for the link to that great paper and you're right - i completely missed out on the machination/urbanisation angle on it.

 
At 26 May, 2011 21:42, Blogger uair01 said...

I follow your blog because you're so very much "connected" to all kinds of new media. I'm curious what you'll discover.
Also succes with the arduino, it should be fun, I've played with it a bit.
You might be interested in this bunch of Rotterdam artists, the might fit your style:
http://moddr.net/

Greetings, Petr

 

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