Thank you for your "Digital Skin".
If Cyberspace is our skin, our body is a Network-body and a flat
screen. If my memory is good, this made you say in a previous post
that we are all cyborgs. At the same time there is a resistance to
that. Actual matter resists to being resumed to digital matter.
Thickness resists to being resumed to 2-dimensions. Physical bodies
resist to being resumed to images. This resistence interests me.
Things are not just flowing. They also scratch and scream. And cyborgs
are not just the bright future of a superhumanity !
In the 1970s, Jean-François Lyotard wrote about "The great ephemeral
skin" in his book Libidinal Economy (Theories of Contemporary
Culture). He was describing it as a carnal extrusion and a virtual
membrane where the world and our desires would meet. It is "ephemeral"
because it is in constant mutation. Cyberspace is like this "great
ephemeral skin", just as language is.
Here is an intersting artwork where the human body is scanned,
fragmented and recomposed through machines and softwares which pervert
the idea of mapping (GoogleEarth)
Le 22 juil. 09 à 07:12, Avi Rosen a écrit :
> Hi Stéphane,
> Very interesting subject "Epithelia, Creative Skins"...
> I made some artworks on this theme: "Digital Skin 2" -
> "The Cyberspace is an extension of the human foot, eye and the skin.
> electronic gadgets and the data sphere are Galactic immediate Torus
> extension of the human central nervous system, and the stage of
> Skin' performance. It creates virtual extension of Marcel Duchamp's
> unfinished "Big Glass" piece, his voice (manipulated by the speed of
> light)on the video explains it. The transparent Cyberbody (digital
> mummy) is
> located eternally in cyberspace superposition. The departure and
> arrival are
> compressed to a singularity(Paul Virilio), on the digital skin's
> 'Digital Skin 2' video sequence is bricolage of my endless virtual
> voyages (
> 'Digital Skin' is another example of such trajectory) in cyberspace,
> superimposing personal data on public data base (Goggle Earth and
> Sky). My
> body digital data strips, merged with the Earth and cosmos digital
> strips produced by the satellites and telescopes. The digitalization
> of the
> universe and our body transformed it to a flat image displayed on the
> computer monitor ('Digital Skin').The digital video sequences are
> the MEME
> for further construction \deconstruction of cyber audiovisual mutual
> and universal knowledge."
> Avi Rosen,
> This is the first time I contribute to this discussion. I am a visual
> artist and art theorist. I am wrighting a book about skin as a
> creative process ( "Epithelia, Creative Skins", "Les peaux créatrices"
> in French).
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